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From Chess City to Smurf Village and flower towers: The Gulf's craziest projects

We look at some of the most outlandish projects announced in the region over the last few years

From Chess City to Smurf Village and flower towers: The Gulf's craziest projects

Dubai and the wider Gulf has always been a playground for architects and designers will outlandish dreams and big project ambitions. During the fast-paced growth of the first few years of the new millennium many projects were announced onto the crowded market in a bid to attract headlines and find the next biggest, best and brightest development.

The credit crunch saw many such projects consigned to the drawing board and while most were in Dubai, others were further afield in Bahrain and Doha.

The range of crazy projects pitched includes:

  • A village themed around a group of blue Belgian cartoon characters
  • Underwater hotels, tennis courts and TV station
  • A whole city based on a board game
  • A new facelift for the world’s tallest building
  • Multi-storey farms
  • Futuristic environmental projects designed pitched by a Baywatch star and a Hollywood heartthrob
  • Rotating towers
  • A giant picture frame
  • A theme park based on a fictional Disney car
  • A fashion island resort designed by a popstar
  • A giant snow dome
  • A tower covered in plants

Click here to look back on some of the project announced and what happened to them