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Title: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: eugenelavery on February 05, 2012, 08:05:19 PM
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Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation
Post by: dedgren on February 05, 2012, 11:10:45 PM
This should be very interesting, Eugene.  I assume that you will be looking for North African, Arabian and Southeast Asian buildings and settings.  I have no idea what is out there along those lines, but it should present a pretty fair challenge.

Good luck!


David
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #2 - Feb 6, 2012
Post by: eugenelavery on February 06, 2012, 11:46:02 PM
Maidan Al-Jazair Mosque & French Quarter

A prominent feature along the waterfront of Lagouira is the Maidan Al-Jazair Mosque.  Completed in 1990 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Gharbiyya's independence, the mosque is built on reclaimed land.  This was inspired by the verse in the Qur'an that states "the throne of Allah was built on water".  The minaret towers 210 m (689 ft) into the sky and is the world's tallest.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage3.jpg)


(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/1024px-Morocco_Africa_Flickr_Rosino_December_2005_82664690.jpg)


The interior of the mosque is a sight to behold with almost all of the materials used in the construction taken from Gharbiyya, except for the columns and chandeliers.  It took six thousand traditional Gharbiyyan artisans five years to create the abundant and beautiful mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/Hassan_II_Mosque_Casablanca_Interior_2011.jpg)


The Maidan Al-Jazair Mosque sits infront of the French Quarter of Gharbiyya which contains the exclusive Hotel Cambronne and Le Grand Cafe.  This section of Gharbiyya is always teeming with tourists who are eager to see the little part of Europe that exists in this Western Saharan country.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage5.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage4.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage6.jpg)


The next destination on this City Journal will be a visit to the ancient walled part of Lagouira, the Medina.  A glimpse of the Medina can be seen below.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage2.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation
Post by: carlfatal on February 07, 2012, 01:42:22 AM
Nice start, and looking to the teaser of the medina i´m curious for more.  :thumbsup:
Greetz, Carl
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation
Post by: RickD on February 07, 2012, 02:53:47 AM
Great start. I like the walled part of the city. I am surprised how well the Paris buildings fit in this scenario.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation
Post by: SeanSC4 on February 07, 2012, 07:14:39 AM
Great start! I'm looking forward to seeing where you take this MD given the theme.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #3 - Feb 11, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on February 11, 2012, 12:08:27 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments.  I hope you enjoy today's visit to the city of Lagouira.

Medina & Notre Dame de Lagouira

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage15.jpg)


Today we will be visiting the medina.  A medina is an ancient walled city frequently found in North Africa.  The streets are very narrow and maze-like but are packed with people and markets selling everything one could think of.  Sitting in the middle of Lagouira's medina is the Al-Qadereya Mosque.


(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage12.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage9.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage8.jpg)



By night, the medina is quiet with the green glow of Al-Qadereya mosque accompanying a few late night card-games.


(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage10.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage14.jpg)


Notre Dame de Lagouira was completed in 1892 and is the largest cathedral in Northern Africa.  It sits on the promenade which runs along the Atlantic ocean and surely boasts one of the best setting for a cathedral in the world.  While Gharbiyya is mostly Muslim, there is a sizeable Roman Catholic community, particularly amongst the French Gharbiyyan people (Gharbiyyan's with French ancestry).


(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage7.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage11.jpg)


I hope you have enjoyed this latest visit to the city of Lagouira but for now the sun sets on another Gharbiyyan day.


(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage13.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #3 - Feb 11, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on February 11, 2012, 01:40:27 AM
The city looks great and the last image of the beach too. &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #3 - Feb 11, 2012)
Post by: Ol.S / Benoit on February 11, 2012, 09:23:12 AM
Nice beach ! Interesting stuff, but a bit to much empty areas for such a big city. Anyway, keep it up ! :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #3 - Feb 11, 2012)
Post by: Connor on February 13, 2012, 06:13:07 PM
Wow! Brilliant work, I especially like that zoomed out pic. Keep up the good work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #3 - Feb 11, 2012)
Post by: Yan077 on February 14, 2012, 02:38:54 AM
Good start ! The Maidan Al-Jazair Mosque is really impressive, but what I like the most is the medina !

Keep up the good work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on February 18, 2012, 09:16:50 PM
(http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/7803/lagouirabanner.jpg)

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nbvc: Thanks!
Ol.S / Benoit: Thanks!  I have changed my automata mod so hopefully more cars and stuff will be there to fill in the empty streets a bit more.
Connor: Thanks!
Yan077: I love Corsica!  To get compliments from you mean so much.  The medina took a long time to do in the Lot Editor.



Today's update is a mosaic of the city of Lagouira.  Enjoy!

(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9379/lagouiramosaic.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: Earth quake on February 19, 2012, 05:13:07 AM
Beautiful mosaic.
The waterfront is simply superb, but my favorite goes for medina, which I find amazing, congratulations.  &apls
Your Eastern city is well laid out and makes me think of cities like Oran or Algers, with French Quarter surrounded by this beautiful eastern buildings. Excellent work.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: Dantes on February 19, 2012, 07:25:07 AM
Wow.Woooow.  ;D That's fantastic work  :'( Islamic culture and modern Buildings  :thumbsup: Keep it up !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: Swordmaster on February 20, 2012, 04:55:40 AM
Very nice setup there! Good combination of buildings, too.

Cheers,
Willy
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: Kergelen on February 20, 2012, 08:11:04 AM
Nice mosaic!
I like the square and the medina near the sea. Also great selection of buildings :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on February 20, 2012, 10:03:34 AM
Very nice so far, I like the giant mosque overlooking the sea, and I love the Al-Qadereya Mosque in the middle of the Medina.

Good work. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: Silur on February 20, 2012, 12:19:10 PM
Well, we know - there are not many buildings for Middle East Cities for SC4 ... Excellent work with this .. But this is so bright for me ... Thank You at all ... 
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: Kokopelli on February 21, 2012, 09:49:57 AM
That is quite a mosaic! Very well done
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on February 21, 2012, 11:55:19 AM
Nice MD! I really like the Medina and of course that great mosaic of the oceanfront  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #4 - Feb 18, 2012)
Post by: moeom on February 22, 2012, 09:47:09 PM
Beautiful city thus far. Love the mix of East meets West. Keep it up.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on February 24, 2012, 10:57:35 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_banner_2.jpg)

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Earth quake: Algiers has certainly been an inspiration.
Dantes: Thanks!
Swordmaster: Thanks!
Kergelen: Glad you like the selection of buildings.
apeguy: I like the mosques too.  It is a shame there aren't more out there to use.
Silur: Thanks!
Kokopelli: I hope you enjoy today's mosaic which is much bigger.
noahclem: The Medina was a lot of work using Lot Editor.
moeom: Thanks!


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_21.jpg)


Lagouira's skyline mostly consists of low-rise commercial and residential buildings built in a typical north african architectural style.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_19.jpg)


Lagouira however does have a few notable skyscrapers including the Gharbiyyan Interior Ministry building which was built in the 1970s and towers 113m (371ft) above the city.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_20.jpg)


The Gharbiyyan Parliamentary Building is perhaps the most modern-looking structure in the city and houses offices of all the most important people in the country.  Across the road from the Parliamentary Building is Gharbiyya's largest shopping complex.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_16.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_17.jpg)


Near the Medina is the Djama'a al-Kebir Mosque which gently illuminates the night sky.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_18.jpg)


Finally,  I will leave you with an overview of the city...

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_overview.jpg)


and a huge mosaic.  Thank you again for visiting the great country of Gharbiyya and the city of Lagouira.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_mosaic_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: moeom on February 24, 2012, 11:36:54 PM
One word... WOW!

That mosaic is one thing, but that Overview shot of Lagouira is something to drool over.  :satisfied:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on February 25, 2012, 01:02:24 AM
The overview and the large mosaic look fantastic. &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on February 26, 2012, 08:01:15 AM
That is one very, very, very long mosaic. 
Great work, love the dirt roads and those very low res. buildings. 
The over view of the area looks great.
I look forward to your next update.

Robin &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: nas-t on February 26, 2012, 08:04:38 AM
stunning!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on February 26, 2012, 08:07:29 AM
Now that's a BIG mosaic. ;D

Another fine update, I really like your choice of buildings. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: Swordmaster on February 26, 2012, 08:45:40 AM
Yeah, that mosaic rocks. Well, the rest does so, too. Good job!

Cheers,
Willy
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: Dantes on February 26, 2012, 08:53:03 AM
Wow,, this mozaic is great  :o I like the overview too  :thumbsup: Fantasic love to detail  :o
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: RickD on February 28, 2012, 07:32:31 AM
This must be the longest mosaic ever.  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: Kokopelli on March 02, 2012, 10:52:25 AM
I have to agree with everyone else. That is great! Wow
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #5 - Feb 24, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on March 02, 2012, 01:37:23 PM
Awesome udpate!  &apls  I really your choice of bats and the way they look at night. Your coasts and the mosaic are spectacular.

A couple little suggestions: It'd be nice to see some mid-rise bats between the skyscrapers and the middle-eastern looking bats--maybe those JRJ euro buildings I saw you using elsewhere in the update. A mod to remove "wealthification" from your rails would be a nice addition too.

Keep up the outstanding work  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #6 - March 2, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on March 02, 2012, 05:48:37 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_banner_2.jpg)

Replies


moeom: Wow is the reaction I was after.
nbvc: Thanks!
rooker1: Thanks!  Not such an epic update today, but there are many more to come.
nas-t: Thanks!
apeguy:  It is difficult finding suitable buildings so I am pleased that you like the choice.
Swordmaster:  The mosaic took a long time.
Dantes: Thanks!
RickD:  It is an entire city tile long so I guess it is the longest mosaic.
Kokopelli: Thanks!
noahclem: Do you have a link for the rail mod?  Those JRJ Euro buildings are great in every setting it seems.


Today you will just be seeing some random scenes from the city of Lagouira.


The French Quarter.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_26.jpg)


A couple of Lagouira's leading hotels for the growing tourism industry.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_23.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_22.jpg)


And a small football ground which is one of the home stadiums for cities football teams (more about them in the next update).

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_24.jpg)


Thank you for once again visiting Lagouira.  For now, the sun sets on another Gharbiyyan day.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_27.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_25.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #6 - March 2, 2012)
Post by: bat on March 05, 2012, 09:16:02 AM
Your city is looking really fantastic! Wonderful work on your MD. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #6 - March 2, 2012)
Post by: rambuckel on March 05, 2012, 11:27:29 AM
Wow, my favourite so far is the 4th picture of the update from 24th February. :) But all the other pictures are so beautiful as well!  &apls

Theresa
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #6 - March 2, 2012)
Post by: weixc812 on March 06, 2012, 12:59:16 AM
Wow, I'm facinated by the super long pic here, and the city is amazing too  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #7 - March 10, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on March 10, 2012, 09:02:04 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_banner_2.jpg)

Replies


bat: Thanks for your kind words.
rambuckel: Thanks Theresa!
weixc812: Thanks!



(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_29.jpg)

Lagouira's Olympic Stadium (capacity 50,000) fills the role of the National Stadium of Gharbiyya.  The national football team plays all of its international matches here and both of Lagouira's football clubs (Al Nasr & Al Ittihad) also play here.  The Olympic Stadium sits on the waterfront and is very close to the International Airport.

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_28.jpg)

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_30.jpg)


(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/al_nasr_lagouira.jpg)

Al Nasr
Al Nasr (Victory in Arabic) is Gharbiyya's most popular club with a fanatical fanbase.  Al Nasr has won the Gharbiyyan League 10 times, the Gharbiyyan Cup 5 times, and the Gharbiyyan SuperCup 1 time.  The club has recently been going through a tough period having not won the League title in over 10 years.  This drought has not affected their fan support however, as you can see below.

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/al_nasr_fans.jpg)


(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/al_ittihad_lagouira.jpg)

Al Ittihad
Al Ittihad (United in Arabic) is Gharbiyya's second most popular club, but the most succesful.  Al Ittihad has won the League 16 times, the Cup 6 times, and the SuperCup 10 times.  Al Ittihad has also had the most success in African Continental Football of any Gharbiyyan club, having reached the semi finals of the CAF Champions League in 2007.  Similar to Al Nasr, Al Ittihad also has fanatical fans who cover themselves in red at any chance they get.

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/al_ittihad_fans.jpg)

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/al_ittihad_fans_2.jpg)



Finally, I will be leaving you with another mosaic which offers a sneak peak at the next update, Lagouira's International Airport.

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_mosaic_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #8 - March 24, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on March 24, 2012, 09:09:58 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_banner_2.jpg)

Replies


No comments  :(


Today we will be visiting Lagouira International Airport; a small, poorly planned, yet bustling airport.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_airport.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_airport_4.jpg)


The terminal has recently been upgraded and was designed by a Japanese firm.  Due to space constrictions the airport only has eight gates and a small cargo terminal on the other side of the runway.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_airport_3.jpg)


Another interesting feature of the airport is how close the runway is to a major avenue and the beach.  Plane-spotting tourists often gather on the beach to get a close-up view of the airport.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_airport_2.jpg)


There are five airlines that primarily fly into Lagouira.

Air France
Daily flights to Paris and Marseille

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/1000px-air_france_logo_svg.png)


Afriqiyah Airways
Daily flights to Tripoli and Benghazi

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/afriqiyah-airways-logo.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/afriqiyah.jpg)


Emirates
Daily flights to Dubai and Dhahran

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/500px-emirates_logo_svg.png)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/emirates.jpg)


Qatar Airways
Daily flights to Doha and Riyadh

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/1000px-qatar_airways_logo_svg.png)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/qatar_airways.jpg)


Royal Jordanian
Flights three times a week to Ammann and Aqaba

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/1000px-royal_jordanian_logo_svg.png)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/royal_jordanian.jpg)



Now that you know how to get to Gharbiyya there is no excuse not to visit this fine country!  We are almost finished with the city of Lagouira and will probably be moving on to another country in the Zouérat Islamic Federation, either the Mahibadhoos (a collection of atolls off the coast of Africa), or the Emirate of Dhahran (an ultra modern, oil-rich Emirate in the Middle East).  Let me know which you would like to visit next and I will see what can be arranged.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #8 - March 24, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on March 25, 2012, 06:52:18 AM
A great update, I really like the airport, reminds me a lot of Gibraltar Airport. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I would really like to see the Mahibadhoos Islands next, I love tropical cities and regions. ;D
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #8 - March 24, 2012)
Post by: Swordmaster on March 25, 2012, 11:37:37 AM
Your choice of buildings is really exquisite, and that stadium fits perfectly. Awesome stuff.

Cheers,
Willy
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #8 - March 24, 2012)
Post by: nas-t on March 25, 2012, 12:00:35 PM
great update and wonderful airport!  &apls really like this Dubai (but still unique) style.

but may i criticize... no, suggest 2 details? first i'm missing a direct link of runway and taxiway. i think the pilots would need to know where to enter/leave the runway  &mmm
second i would place the seawall round the corner it better separates the beach from the airport/city. but as i said, just details ;)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #8 - March 24, 2012)
Post by: RickD on March 26, 2012, 02:59:10 AM
Great airport at spectacular location.  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #8 - March 24, 2012)
Post by: whatevermind on March 30, 2012, 08:40:14 PM
Now that you know how to get to Gharbiyya there is no excuse not to visit this fine country!

swimsuit...check
sunscreen...check
passport...check
dacquiris on the beach...ooh I think I can see it coming over the horizon already!  $%Grinno$%

Beautiful work, as always.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #9 - April 1, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on April 01, 2012, 01:22:57 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_banner_2.jpg)

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apeguy: Thanks!  You may get your wish to see the Mahibadhoos next.
Swordmaster: Thanks.  I put alot of thought into what buildings to use.
nas-t: Thanks for your suggestions.  The airport due to poor design doesn't have the best taxiway markings!
RickD: Thanks!
whatevermind: The nation of Gharbiyya looks forward to your visit.



Today is the final visit to Lagouira so I thought I would leave you with a few pictures.  The next update will reveal what country we are visiting next in the Zou�rat Islamic Federation. The tropical Mahibadhoos, or the Emirate of Dhahran.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_mosaic_4.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_image_32.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/lagouira_mosaic_5.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #9 - April 1, 2012)
Post by: Silur on April 01, 2012, 04:30:48 PM
Excellent Work with some simple boxes !!!  I like it so really ... &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #9 - April 1, 2012)
Post by: skyscraper on April 01, 2012, 04:34:48 PM
stunning....i love your mosaics.... &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #9 - April 1, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on April 02, 2012, 06:45:42 AM
 Every time I see those low res. shanty type housing, I wish that someone would do some more models.....and more importantly that I give them a try in my own MD. 
 Anyways, great mosaic!  Great looking city!
Robin &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #10 - April 6, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on April 06, 2012, 07:29:04 PM
The next member nation of Zouérat Islamic Federation we will be visiting is the Mahibadhoos, a collection of atolls off the western coast of Africa. The Mahibadhoos have a history of many different cultures settling and governing the low-lying atolls, from the Arabs, to the Berbers, to the French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. All of these influences have lead to the nation gaining a very unique cultural identity and language. Independence was eventually granted from Britian in 1965. Despite being a prominent tourist destination due to the sandy white beaches and clear blue water, the Mahibadhoos to this this day remain a very conservative group of islands with a strict adherence to the Islamic faith.
 
Mahibadhoos General Information
 
Flag

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/500px-presidential_standard_of_the_maldives_svg.png)

Official Name: Islamic Republic of Mahibadhoos
Short Name: Mahibadhoos
Demonym: Mahibadhian
Capital: Dhiraagu
Largest City: Dhiraagu
Currency: Zouérat Dirham
Official Language: Mahibadhian
Demographics: Mahibadhian (96%), Other (4%)
Religion: Sunni Islam (100%) - Sunni Islam is the only legally permitted religion in the Mahibadhoos.
Internet TLD: .mb
Total Population: 320,000
Life expectancy: Men - 61, Women - 63
Literacy rate: 96%
 
Climate
The Mahibadhoos have a tropical climate with weather that is warm year-round. The year can be divided into a dry season (winter) and rainy season (summer). The low-lying Mahibadhoos are at risk from rising sea-levels, although the evidence around rising sea-levels is still disputed by some scientists. The highest point in the Mahibadhoos is just 2.4 meters above sea-level.
 
Politics
The Mahibadhoos is a functioning democracy although there has been a history of coups and popular protests forcing the resignation of Presidents. The most recent was only this year when growing resentment of corruption and poor living conditions lead to weeks of protests around the country.
 

At first we will be visiting some of the resort islands that have made the Mahibadhoos so popular with tourists really wanting to get away from everyday life. A preview of what is to come.
 
(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_2.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/405-maldives.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #10 - April 6, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on April 09, 2012, 07:03:08 AM
Very nice island and some great stats.
If I could make one little suggestion it would be to reply to some of your readers. ;)

Robin :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #10 - April 6, 2012)
Post by: RickD on April 09, 2012, 10:24:35 AM
Nice island.  :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #11 - April 9, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on April 09, 2012, 07:15:34 PM
(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_1.jpg)

Replies: (to the last two updates)
Silur: Thanks!
skyscraper: I love making mosaics.
rooker1: Don't worry, I always reply to my readers, even if it takes a while.  I too wish people would BAT some more shanties and middle eastern content.
RickD: Thanks, hope you enjoy the islands you will be seeing today.


(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banyantreehotelsresortslogo_2010_09_27.jpg)

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is an international company with resorts all around the world. The company has opened many five-star resorts in the Mahibadhoos, taking advantage of the crystal clear water, great climate, and relative isolation of the country. Tourists come from all over the world to experience a little piece of Mahibadhian paradise.

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/angsana_ihuru_beach.jpg)


These resort islands are only used for tourism and help the country run a tourist industry that doesn't intrude on the traditional islamic cultures of the Mahibadhian people. Tourists are not permitted to visit islands which contain Mahibadhian villages.
 
Today we will be visiting the islands of Angsana and Ihuru, both of which are only 20 minutes by speedboat from the capital city of Dhiraagu. These resorts are built in a traditional style that allow the buildings to blend into their natural surroundings, but don't be fooled, these resorts are five-star with all the modern luxuries tourists demand.
 
The island of Angsana is particularly popular.

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/angsana_ihuru_image_1.jpg)

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/angsana_ihuru_image_2.jpg)

(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/angsana_ihuru_image_3.jpg)


You can see how close the two islands are to each other below, Ihuru is at the top of the shot, Angsana at the bottom.
(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/angsana_ihuru_mosaic.jpg)


This day in paradise is coming to an end, but don't worry, every day in the Mahibadhian resort islands is like being in paradise.
(http://upload.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/angsana_ihuru_at_dusk.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #11 - April 9, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on April 10, 2012, 05:51:12 AM
Fantastic update.
I usually look at the pics first and read after.  In this case as soon as saw the pics I thought to myself, "What a great island resort".  The point is that you perfectly accomplished what you were obviously trying to do.
Great work!
Robin &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #11 - April 9, 2012)
Post by: Kergelen on April 10, 2012, 08:15:08 AM
Nice islands. I would like to be there just now:P

Maybe you are interested on  this MMPs (http://www.toutsimcities.com/downloads.php?view=1902) ;)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #11 - April 9, 2012)
Post by: namspopof on April 10, 2012, 09:30:30 AM
Superb paradisiac Island.  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #11 - April 9, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on April 11, 2012, 12:44:13 PM
Incredible looking islands. &apls &apls It's a shame about the jagged beaches though. Is there a way you can fix that, like making the slope from beach to water smoother?
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #12 - April 14, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on April 14, 2012, 12:12:58 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_1.jpg)

Replies:

rooker1:  Good to know I achieved what I set out to do.  Things don't always look how I think they will in this game.
Kergelen:  Thanks for those MMPs.  I will put them to good use.
namspopof:  Today you will be seeing the other side of paradise.
apeguy:  I agree about the beaches.  Unfortunately it seems to be a flaw with the game or terrain mod.  I notice that shoreline can change alot depending on which terrain and beach mods I am using.  Unfortunately when the shorelines run on the diagonal against the grid they have this appearance with these mods.  I could make the edges straighter but then the islands would be completely square and not very realistic.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/maeenboodhoo_image_3.jpg)

The village of Maeenboodhoo, population about 1200, is one of the main settlements on the atoll of Hulhudheli. Hulhudheli is one of the more isolated atolls in the country and is a quite a distance from the capital of Dhiraagu. This relative isolation means that the atoll is not as modernised as other parts of the Mahibadhoos.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/maeenboodhoo_image_1.jpg)

This overcrowded island is off-limits to tourists as the Mahibadhian government wants its population to retain a conservative islamic lifestyle. Some more cynical people claim the government doesn't want the outside world to see that such poverty exists in this supposed paradise.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/maeenboodhoo_mosaic_1.jpg)

Maeenboodhoo has a bustling little port and relies on everything from food and building materials being shipped in, as you can see there is no suitable farming land at all!
 
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/maeenboodhoo_mosaic_2.jpg)


Not far from Maeenboodhoo is the uninhabited island of Rinbudhoo. When the people of Maeenboodhoo want to escape from their crowded island they come here. Rinbudhoo really is the definition of a desert island.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/rinbudhoo_image_2.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/rinbudhoo_image_1.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/rinbudhoo_mosaic_1.jpg)


I hope you have enjoyed today's visit to islands normally off-limits to outsiders. For now, it is time to rest and get ready for our next adventure in the Mahibadhoos.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/maeenboodhoo_image_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #12 - April 14, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on April 16, 2012, 07:39:04 AM
 Another fantastic update!
 To get rid of the jagged edges along your beach front, try to lower the land under the water.  The problem usually only occurs (to me) when the angle of the land leading into the water is not steep enough.

Robin :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #12 - April 14, 2012)
Post by: Ol.S / Benoit on April 17, 2012, 12:17:05 PM
I love your work on these islands ! Really nice, :)
I understand why you wanted debussyman models now, and I'm sure you'll make great use of them !
I'll stay tuned for more ! :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on April 23, 2012, 10:01:14 AM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_1.jpg)


Replies:

rooker1: Thanks for your advice about coastlines.
(http://Ol.S / Benoit:) Thanks for your compliments.  I am a big fan of your work.  I hope you will visit Africa some more in your MD.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banidhoo_plastic_dump.jpg)

Banidhoo is an artificial island in the Dhiraagu Atoll, about 6.5 kilometres from the capital of Dhiraagu. It was created in 1991 to be the municipal landfill for the capital city which was becoming overwhelmed with garbage. Banidhoo has since grown to become the major industrial hub for the Mahibadhoos.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banidhoo_image_2.jpg)


While Banidhoo has succesfully relieved Dhiraagu of its waste predicament, the process of dumping garbage indiscriminately has become an ecological hazard. Much of the garbage dumped here contains asbestos and other harmful toxic metals such as mercury and lead and threatens to leach into the sea. In light of this, the Mahibadhian government has restricted the types of waste that can be dumped on Mahibadhoo and resort islands have been encouraged to limit their non-recyclable garbage.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banidhoo_mosaic_1.jpg)


About 1000 workers live on Banidhoo to sort the garbage, work at the port, and in industrial warehouses. Most of the workers are poor immigrants from Gharbiyya and Mauritania and live in a rather drab housing block. A mosque was recently built on the island to provide the workforce some spiritual motivation.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banidhoo_mosaic_3.jpg)


Banidhoo is the only major container port in the Mahibadhoos and most imports and exports go through the Banidhoo cargo terminal.
 
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banidhoo_mosaic_2.jpg)


By night, the workers of Banidhoo are still hard at work in the factories and warehouses, particularly in the Pepsi Bottling Plant that has recently opened.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/banidhoo_image_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: nas-t on April 23, 2012, 10:44:01 AM
what a great idea! great job on those warehouse lots  &apls
waiting for more
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: RickD on April 23, 2012, 10:56:51 AM
Your islands are beautiful. And I think it is important that you also show the negative side of paradise. Such garbage islands sadly really exist.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on May 01, 2012, 05:35:45 AM
Outstanding pictures always is the reason why this MD has been choosen to be in the OSITM spotlight this month!!

(http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac213/BSCLEX/Zourat5-12.jpg)

Congratulations from The SC4D Staff!!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on May 01, 2012, 07:55:48 AM
Congratulations on being selected for OSITM  &apls

You've done a great job with this MD and I really like the tropical, middle-eastern feel. The islands in the last update are beautiful, even the one filled with trash and industry  ;)   I look forward to seeing what you have for us this month!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on May 01, 2012, 09:35:22 AM
Congratulations on the OSITM! &apls &apls

This is very well-deserved, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what's in store for this month! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: Battlecat on May 01, 2012, 09:58:45 AM
Congratulations on being selected for OSITM!

The unique style of your MD make this a well deserved award!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #13 - April 23, 2012)
Post by: Piterdaw1 on May 02, 2012, 05:47:49 AM
OSITM!  &apls Congratulations! Very interesting seaport and cities.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #14 - May 3, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on May 03, 2012, 11:20:24 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_3.jpg)


Replies:
nas-t: Thanks.  I spend alot of time lotting stuff.
RickD:  Indeed these islands really do exist.  I try to show all aspects of my countries.
rooker1:  OSITM is such a special honour that really means alot to me.  There are so many awesome MDs that have been featured ans to think I may be somewhere close to them makes me very happy.
noahclem:  I will try my best to make this the best month yet!
apeguy:  Hope you like today's update.
Battlecat:  I am glad you think this MD is unique, thats what I was going for.
Piterdaw1: Thanks, I had never done a seaport until now.


Our journey through the Mahibadhoos towards the capital of Dhiraagu continues with the island of Hithadhoo, about 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) west of the capital.  Hithadhoo is one of the larger settlements in the Mahibadhoos with about 8000 people living on the island.  Due to its proximity to the capital, Hithadhoo is relatively developed, particularly compared to the island of Maeenboodhoo which we visited a few weeks ago.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/hithadhoo_mosaic.jpg)


Due to soaring land values in crowded Dhiraagu, some companies have decided to relocate to Hithadhoo.  This gleaming new office building was built to accommodate these companies.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/hithadhoo_image_1.jpg)


Hithadhoo also has the best football stadium in the Mahibadhoos outside of Dhiraagu.  Victory SC, the most succesful Mahibadhian club outside of the capital play at this stadium.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/hithadhoo_image_2.jpg)


Hithadhoo, despite being densely populated, still however retains some great beaches and places to escape the hustle and bustle.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/hithadhoo_image_3.jpg)


Until next time, farewell from the Mahibadhoos.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/hithadhoo_mosaic_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #14 - May 3, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on May 03, 2012, 11:30:08 PM
Great work on that island. Nice beach and port. Congrats on OSITM.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #14 - May 3, 2012)
Post by: Ol.S / Benoit on May 04, 2012, 02:41:48 AM
Fantastic updates, you are getting better and better... ! :)
Just need some more people in the streets.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #14 - May 3, 2012)
Post by: bat on May 12, 2012, 04:21:42 AM
Great island there! And congrats on the OSITM.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on May 13, 2012, 11:16:17 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_3.jpg)


Replies:

nbvc: Thanks, your sea walls have come in very handy for this CJ.
Ol.S / Benoit:  I agree that I need more people on the streets.
bat: Thanks, the OSITM is a great honour.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_image_5.jpg)


Dhiraagu International Airport is located on the island of Hulhulé, just 1.4 kilometres from the capital, Dhiraagu. The island is largely reclaimed and in considered an administrative ward of Dhiraagu. The airport is served by multiple airlines regularly and then many charter airlines on a more sporadic basis.
 

Emirates Airlines offers flights once a week to fellow Zouérat Islamic Federation members Gharbiyya and Dhahran and also to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/500px-emirates_logo_svg.png)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_image_3.jpg)


Saudi Arabian Airlines offers flights once a week to Jeddah and Riyadh.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/saudi_arabian_airlines.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_image_2.jpg)


Monarch Airlines offers charter flights from Luton, Birmingham, and Manchester in the United Kingdom.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/monarch_airlines.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_image_1.jpg)


Etihad offers flights once every two weeks from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/etihad_airways.jpg)


Qatar Airways offers flights once a week to Doha.
 
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Gharbiyya/1000px-qatar_airways_logo_svg.png)


While Dhiraagu International Airport may not be the busiest airport around it is a vital link between the Mahibadhoos and the rest of the world and enables the tourist industry to flourish. Tourists can catch a boat directly from the island of Hulhulé to their resort island, most of which can be reached in an hour at most.
 
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_mosaic_1.jpg)


In the next update we will continue our look at the island of Hulhulé and the International Airport.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: RickD on May 14, 2012, 04:04:12 AM
Very intersting update and nice pictures. I like it when an MD comes with realistic background information.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: Yan077 on May 14, 2012, 04:53:04 PM
Beautiful pictures, a paradisiac MD, in all the meanings !  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: Kergelen on May 15, 2012, 03:50:48 PM
Nice airport pictures. And interesting islands :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: mgarcia on May 15, 2012, 06:50:02 PM
I love your airport....very beautiful scenes.... I love Qatar Airways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup: :P
Wonderful work...I love your terminal...
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: bat on May 17, 2012, 10:16:36 AM
Great views of that airport. Looking forward to more... ;)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #15 - May 13, 2012)
Post by: nas-t on May 17, 2012, 10:42:41 AM
i really like the airport, good job!  ;D
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #16 - May 20, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on May 20, 2012, 10:07:25 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_3.jpg)


Replies:

RickD: Thanks, glad you appreciate the extra information I add.
Yan077: Thanks for your kind words.  Keep up the Corsica MD, such wonderfully detailed work.  I am planning an Adriatic Coast MD after this one, I might need your advice with a few things.
Kergelen: Thanks, glad you like the airport.
mgarcia: That Qatar Airways plane is rather amazing.
bat: And more you shall have.
nas-t: Thanks.


Today we visit Dhiraagu International Airport on the island of Hulhulé for the second and final time. Today you will see the cargo terminal...
 
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_image_4.jpg)


...the Hulhulé Airport Hotel, the Domestic terminal, and the International terminal.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_mosaic_3.jpg)


Here you can see the newly-built Control Tower on the Eastern side of the island.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_mosaic_2.jpg)


And finally, another mosaic.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_airport_mosaic_4.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #16 - May 20, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on May 20, 2012, 11:13:10 PM
Fantastic airport. The MMP flora you put on the fields around the airport make it great. &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #16 - May 20, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on May 21, 2012, 03:35:34 AM
Awesome work on the last updates  &apls  I especially like those gorgeous airport designs and the horizontal mosaic. Keep it up  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #16 - May 20, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on May 22, 2012, 11:28:45 AM
Great looking airport and very nice work on the shorelines.

Robin :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #16 - May 20, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on May 24, 2012, 10:21:14 AM
I'm a big fan of airports in SC4, and yours is very nice! The only negative I can think of is how close the taxiway is to the passenger terminal. With that 747 parked there, most planes won't be able to continue down the taxiway. From what I can see in the pics you could probably move the taxiway and the runway a few tiles across, so the gates and the planes aren't squeezed between the terminal and the taxiway. ;) Other than that, another great update! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #16 - May 20, 2012)
Post by: bat on May 26, 2012, 05:11:48 AM
Fantastic new images of that airport on this nice island. :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #17 - May 29, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on May 29, 2012, 03:06:27 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/mahibadhoos_banner_3.jpg)

Replies

nbvc:  As usual, MMP flora makes all the difference.  Your sea walls are awesome too!
noahclem: Thanks, airports are fun to build.
rooker1: Thanks, Robin!
apeguy: The planes don't actually have to squeeze down the taxiway as they just take the closest entrance from the runwau and go straight to the gate.  I agree that the airport is very crowded and a 747 is unrealistic, but I wanted a Saudi Arabian plane in there.  This airport is actually a to-scale recreation of a real-life airport.
bat: Thznks for your compliments!


Just a hint of what is to come when we visit the capital of the Mahibadhoos, Dhiraagu.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Mahibadhoos/dhiraagu_mosaic_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #17 - May 29, 2012)
Post by: RickD on May 30, 2012, 06:45:01 AM
Looks great.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #17 - May 29, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on May 30, 2012, 10:50:36 AM
Awesome teaser  &apls  The shoreline is really unique  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #17 - May 29, 2012)
Post by: carlfatal on June 01, 2012, 04:45:02 AM
Wonderful pictures wherever i looked!
And i like Your work with the LE: it´s outstanding how You bring together buildings, and how they fit together although a lot of the BATs aren´t middle eastern originally.
Greetz, Carl
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #17 - May 29, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on June 04, 2012, 09:39:44 PM
Very nice teaser indeed. 
The city looks great but in this case I think the water does not.  Maybe add some of JRJ Rural Culverts And Water Effects (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=125).  I suggest the pollution one...it will darken up the water in only the areas you plop the effect.  Just a thought though, give it a try and see what you think.

Robin :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #18 - June 10, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on June 10, 2012, 01:49:32 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_banner.jpg)


Replies:

RickD: Thanks, hope you enjoy today's update!
noahclem: Those NOB seaport pieces combined with Lot Editor really create something special.
carlfatal: I use a very diverse set of buildings as there aren't many middle eastern or north african BATs out there.
rooker1: I understand what you mean about the water, I have to perfect my photo editing so that the water doesn't look so bright.  I will try those JRJ effects though.  Thanks for your advice.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_2.jpg)


Dhiraagu is the capital and most populous city in the Mahibadhoos. With a 103,000 people crammed into 6 square kilometres (2 square miles), Dhiraagu contains a third of the Mahibadhian population and almost every Mahibadhian at some point either lives in or visits the city as it is the center of all administration and bureaucracy. The population has increased 80,000 in the last 25 years. The city of Dhiraagu is the only ordinary Mahibadhian city that tourists are permitted to visit and experience the traditional Islamic culture of the nation.
 

In the mosaic below you can see the bustling port on the northern shore of the island and the marina where tourists enter the city. Tourists can immediately immerse themselves in the main business district of the city and Jumhoree Maidhaan - the central square which is bordered by the National Islamic Centre, the National Military Headquarters, and the National Police Headquarters. Just behind the National Islamic Centre is the Sultan Park - the national garden of the Mahibadhoos. Jumhoree Maidhaan has been the center of much protest lately as the Mahibadhian people have been fighting against government corruption and poor living standards.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_3.jpg)


Also near Jumhoree Maidhaan is the ancient Friday Mosque - the oldest structure in the country with its historic graveyard.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_image_3.jpg)


Across the street from the Friday Mosque is Muliaage - the Presidential Palace which is also a historic building. Contrasting both the Friday Mosque and Muliaage is the Velaanaage Office Building, the largest and most modern office structure in the nation.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_image_4.jpg)


In a bid to improve living standards and happiness on the island the government decided to construct a man-made beach to offer a small escape from the hustle and bustle of the cramped capital. The man-made beach was built on reclaimed land and is a hit with the locals - most tourists leave their beach-going until they reach the resort islands.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_image_1.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_image_2.jpg)


By night, Dhiraagu continues to bustle with the entertainment tonight being an international football match at the National Stadium between the Mahibadhoos and Cape Verde.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_night_image_2.jpg)


Over at Jumhoree Maidhaan, the green glow of the Presidential Palce illuminates the night sky.
 
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_night_image_1.jpg)


Please join me next time as we continue our tour of Dhiraagu.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #18 - June 10, 2012)
Post by: Uzil on June 10, 2012, 04:39:03 PM
Very nice, I like particularly the mosaic and the beach  :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #18 - June 10, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on June 10, 2012, 05:32:12 PM
Excellent update  &apls

I love the night shots and mosaic. Ten replies til the Best Sellers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #18 - June 10, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on June 11, 2012, 08:19:20 AM
Another great update.
I really like the break in the seawall and the beach there.  Very well done and great idea.

Robin
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #18 - June 10, 2012)
Post by: Yoder7652 on June 11, 2012, 08:26:21 AM
Spent this morning looking over your updates so far, and you have a very special MD here. Love the look and feel of your pics.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #18 - June 10, 2012)
Post by: RickD on June 12, 2012, 04:48:37 AM
Awesome. Great Update. I like what you did with the seawalls along the beach.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #19 - July 1, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on July 01, 2012, 11:30:34 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_banner.jpg)


Replies:

Uzil: Thanks, I think the beach turned out quite well.
noahclem: Thanks for your kind words.  I always find night shots take a bit more editing to get just right.  Best Sellers here we come!
rooker1: Thanks for being such a regular visitor to this MD.
Yoder7652: Glad you like the MD.
RickD: Gurry's sea walls really work well.  It took me about a year to find them but I think it was worth the searching!


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_image_6.jpg)


Today we continue our tour of Dhiraagu, the capital city of the Mahibadhoos.  Dhiraagu is an extremely crowded city but as you can see, there are a few areas reserved for recreation - these basketball and football courts being a good example of this.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_4.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_5.jpg)


Dhiraagu has a sizeable commercial port that is the second biggest in the country.  Banidhoo, which we saw in an earlier update has the nations biggest port.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_7.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_6.jpg)


Another spot of recreation, Henveiru Stadium (capacity 500) which is home to local soccer club Eagles FC and acts as a training ground for the Mahibadhian national team when the National Stadium is unavailable.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_image_5.jpg)


For now, another Mahibadhian day comes to a close under the glow of the National Islamic Centre.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_night_image_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #19 - July 1, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on July 02, 2012, 08:14:47 AM
The last two updates have been fantastic. &apls &apls I love the crowded feel of the city, is it based on Malé in the Maldives? Because it looks a lot like it. :)

Keep up the good work. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #20 - July 5, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on July 05, 2012, 06:43:38 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_banner.jpg)


Replies:

Only one reply... :(

apeguy: Thanks for your kind comments.  Yes, Dhiraagu is indeed based on Malé in the Maldives - infact it is essentially a recreation of the city within the limitations of SC4.


A couple of mosaics today which prominently display the National Sports Complex which contains basketball and tennis courts, football training fields, and the National Cricket Stadium. Cricket is a rapidly growing sport in the Mahibadhoos, despite being one of the lowest ranked national teams.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_8.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_9.jpg)


And finally, a mosaic which shows the entire island of Dhiraagu; I think this shot shows just how crowded the capital city is. The small size of the island is popular with tourists as they can walk the entire city and experience centuries of Mahibadhian culture in one afternoon before heading off to the resort islands


(Please treat the following image as unofficial as I don't consider its appearance to be up to the standards I wish to set in this CJ - unfortunately the sea walls I use do not look great at this zoom level and some of the buildings have a strange appearance also).

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhiraagu/dhiraagu_mosaic_10.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #20 - July 5, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on July 06, 2012, 05:42:33 AM
Great job!  You have a very realistic looking city. 
Everything fits together very well, all the buildings are similiar in size and that harbor looks great as well.
Love it all!!

Robin :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #20 - July 5, 2012)
Post by: Evillions8 on July 07, 2012, 11:55:50 PM
Love your work man!  It never disappoints me.  &apls

You managed to pull off a great city without having to use gleaming skyscrapers.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on July 09, 2012, 09:52:09 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/LPPLJ.jpg)


You have seen transparent oceans, golden beaches, islands covered in rubbish, bustling islands teeming with people, and an airport island.  But now it is time to say farewell to the Mahibadhoos.


Replies:
rooker1: Thanks for visiting.  Glad you like the whole island of Dhiraagu.
Evillions8:  Yes, things can be interesting even without skyscrapers.

Next reply get's me to 100 replies for this MD and promotion to the Best Sellers category.



Today we end our trip to the Mahibadhoos with how we started - a visit to a resort island.  Gurabadhoo is an uninhabited island which is popular with tourists who wish to spend a day or two on a 'desert island' and really get away from the world.

(http://i.imgur.com/majQZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2l3Jt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/niOuY.jpg)


I hope you have enjoyed our trip through the Mahibadhoos, we may return again one day.  But for now it is time to move on to another member nation of the Zouérat Islamic Federation.  Find out which country is next on our travels in the next update!

(http://i.imgur.com/9cvPS.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on July 09, 2012, 11:22:47 PM
Nice beach on this small island. &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: Evillions8 on July 10, 2012, 01:31:25 AM
Congrats to Best Sellers!  &apls

The island is very nice though, I'd like to build my hut there. :P
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: RickD on July 10, 2012, 02:57:58 AM
Welcome to Bestsellers. Can't wait to see what comes next.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: kelis on July 10, 2012, 04:29:08 AM
Congratulations for to be in Best Sellers section !!

You MD has a lot of fantastic pictures  :o Looking forward to the future updates  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on July 11, 2012, 05:12:28 AM
A big Congrat from myself and The SC4D Staff for making it to The Best Sellers section, a very well deserved move!!

Congrats!! &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #21 - July 9, 2012)
Post by: Ol.S / Benoit on July 19, 2012, 06:50:06 AM
Congratz for Best Sellers. :)
Amazing work o that city, so much details and stuff... keep it up !
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #22 - July 20, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on July 20, 2012, 09:49:51 PM
Replies:

nbvc: Thanks!
Evillions8: I am very pleased to have been promoted to the Best Sellers category.
RickD: I promise that this MD will only continue to get better.
kelis: Thanks, I love your work too!
rooker1: Thanks for your support!
Ol.S / Benoit: I will do my best to continue to set high standards.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #22 - July 20, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on July 20, 2012, 09:53:26 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/nVzgg.jpg)

The Emirate of Dhahran is the wealthiest member of the Zouérat Islamic Federation with an economy based around oil, real estate, and tourism.  Dhahran, which is essentially a city-state, lies on the Arabian Gulf and has long been a city of historical importance due to trading routes, pearl diving, and more recently, oil.  The earliest settlement known as Dhahran was established in 1833 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti al Maktoum who convinced about 800 people to follow him from Saudi Arabia and establish a new settlement.  In the 20th century, Dhahran was mostly under British Governance until independence was granted in 1969.  The discovery of oil in the 1960s quickly transformed Dhahran from a sleepy fishing village to the modern Emirate it is today.  The growth of the Emirate has accelerated at an unprecedented pace over the last 20 years as Dhahran has diversified its economy due to the limited supply of oil.  It is often said that a third of the world's construction cranes can be found in Dhahran!

Dhahran General Information

Flag
(http://i.imgur.com/2KPc2.jpg)


Official Name: Emirate of Dhahran
Short Name: Dhahran
Demonym: Emirati
Ruler: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Crown Prince: Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Currency: Zouérat Dirham
Official Language: Arabic
Official Religion: Islam
Population: 2,250,000
Nationality: Indian (35%), Emirati (17%), Pakistani (13%), Bangladeshi (8%), Filipino (2.5%), European (2.5%), Sri Lankan (1%), American (1%), Other (20%)
Internet TLD:.dh

Climate
Dhahran has a very hot arid climate.  Summers are very hot and humid, with temperatures averaging above 40 degrees Celsius.  Winters are warm with an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.  Rainfall is sparse, Dhahran averages about 250mm of rain per year.

Politics
Dhahran is a Constitutional Monarchy which has been ruled by the Al Maktoum family since 1833.  The Emir, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has absolute power over the Emirate.


A couple of preview shots of what is to come. 

(http://i.imgur.com/66qij.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PHmiw.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #22 - July 20, 2012)
Post by: rooker1 on July 23, 2012, 09:14:21 AM
Interesting update and facts.

Please remember to put your replies and updates together as movement throught the MD sections is based on post count.

Robin ;)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on August 04, 2012, 08:41:57 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)


Replies:

rooker1: Thanks for visiting!


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/burj_al_arab.jpg)

The Emirate of Dhahran has experienced remarkable growth over the last two decades and it is often claimed that Dhahran is the fastest growing city in the history of the planet.  One neighbourhood that has been at the forefront of this growth is Jumeirah which up until recently was mostly empty desert and uninhabited beaches.  Today, Jumeirah is a fashionable residential neighbourhood where many of the wealthy foreign workers reside, and also a popular tourist hub with numerous hotels and resorts lining the coast.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/burj_al_arab_logo.jpeg)

Burj Al Arab is perhaps the worlds most famous hotel and certainly the most luxurious.  At 321 metres it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and its completion in 1999 officially announed Dhahran to the world.  The revolutionary 'sail' design and construction on an artificial island was implemented upon orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who wanted the hotel to be iconic.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/SC4DDhahran/dhahran_mosaic_2.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/SC4DDhahran/dhahran_mosaic_4.jpg)


Upon entering Burj Al Arab, guests are immediately struck by the large atrium which runs the full height of the hotel.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/burj_al_arab_lobby.jpg)


The Burj Al Arab is unique in that every room is a luxury suite, the largest being 780 square metres, the smallest being 169 square metres.  Prices of the suites vary from $1,000 per night to $27,000 per night.  The Royal Suite is perhaps the most luxurious of them all.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/burj_al_arab_suite.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/wild_wadi_logo.jpg)

Wild Wadi waterpark is situated on Jumeirah Beach across from Burj Al Arab and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists looking to relieve themselves of the intense heat of Dhahran.  Wild Wadi contains numerous swimming pools and boasts the largest water slide outside of North America.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/SC4DDhahran/dhahran_mosaic_5.jpg)


Next to Wild Wadi Water Park is Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Apartments.  Built in 1997, Jumeirah Beach Hotel was the first major resort hotel in Dhahran and its wavy design is inspired by the sea and nicely compliments the sail shaped Burj Al Arab.  Previously this stretch of Jumeirah Beach was home to floating oil storage tanks and ship wrecking yards so the transformation of the beach is nothing short of remarkable and further shows the growth of the Emirate.  The hotel also contains a separate conference center located right in front of the main hotel buildings.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/SC4DDhahran/dhahran_mosaic_3.jpg)


That is all for today, we will continue our tour of the Jumeirah district next time.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: RickD on August 06, 2012, 03:50:12 AM
Very good recreation.  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: Ricky112233 on August 09, 2012, 02:11:13 PM
Well it looks like I haven't commented on your amazing MD yet, I guess I've been just lurking, haha ;D

Anyway, I absolutely love your MD, I especially like the Mahibadhoos !
Please, please PLEASE teach me on how to recreate the Maldives or something similar.. :)

Absolutely love your work--goood job! :thumbsup:

-Ricky :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on August 09, 2012, 03:01:32 PM
Great work  &apls  The tower is great and I love those curvy buildings! Great lotting!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: Evillions8 on August 09, 2012, 09:12:07 PM
Well it looks like I haven't commented on your amazing MD yet, I guess I've been just lurking, haha ;D

Anyway, I absolutely love your MD, I especially like the Mahibadhoos !
Please, please PLEASE teach me on how to recreate the Maldives or something similar.. :)

Absolutely love your work--goood job! :thumbsup:

-Ricky :)

Just look at the Maldives and create custom lots similar to the country's largest city, Male.   :P  Just download all the BATs you think you need for your custom lots.

As for the update, great update!  As I said at ST, the custom lotting really brings out the BATs and effectively creates that high-class feeling.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on August 10, 2012, 01:22:58 AM
Great work.  :thumbsup: Where did you find the curvy building with the green roof?
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #23 - August 4, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on August 13, 2012, 01:26:56 PM
Amazing work, This is one of the best Dubai-based cities I've seen! Well Done! ;D
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #24 - August 31, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on August 31, 2012, 09:39:49 AM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)


Replies:

RickD: Thanks, I am certainly trying best to recreate Dubai essentially.
Ricky112233: I hope you will do more commenting and less lurking!  If you want any particular advice about recreating the Maldives, just send me a PM.
noahclem: I love lotting!
Evillions8: Thanks for visiting!
nbvc:  The curvy building is infact a dmscopio/davidluart BAT.  Unfortunately his website is no longer active.  If you really want the file you could send me a PM perhaps.
apeguy:  Thanks for visiting, your comments mean a lot.


The neighbourhood of Jumeirah has seen rapid residential growth over the last ten years.  Its close proximity to beaches, shopping, and industry have made it very popular with expat workers.  Enjoy the suburban monotony of Jumeirah in the mosaic below.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_mosaic_6.jpg)


In our next visit to Dhahran we will visit The Mall of the Emirates and the Al Quoz Industrial Area.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on September 14, 2012, 08:34:24 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)

Replies:

No comments.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/mall_of_the_emirates_image_1.jpg)

The Mall of the Emirates, located in Al Barsha district next to Sheikh Al Maktoum Road (the major highway of Dhahran), is the second largest shopping mall in the Emirate.  It contains 220,000 m2 of retail space with 520 stores and 8 anchor stores which include Carrefour, Centrepoint, Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, Jashanmal, Marks & Spencer, Virgin Megastore, and VOX Cinemas.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_mosaic_8.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/westin_hotel_logo.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/pullman_hotel_logo.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/kempinski_hotel_logo.jpg)

Shoppers from all over the world travel to Dhahran to enjoy the Mall of the Emirates, and because of this, the mall also contains three five-star hotels.  To the left you can see the Westin, and to the right you can see the Pullman Hotel.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_mosaic_7.jpg)

The third hotel, The Kempinski Hotel, is located infront of Ski Dhahran.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_image_2.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/ski_dubai_image_1.jpg)

Emerging out of the hostile desert, Ski Dhahran brings the slopes of Europe to the Middle East and is yet another example of Dhahran defying its location.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_mosaic_9.jpg)

With all of the attractions the Mall of the Emirates has to offer, the Al Barsha district has become a very fashionable place to live with new apartment buildings and condos rising up from the desert floor, including some very sizeable skyscrapers.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_image_1.jpg)


Even as night falls, the Mall and the wider Al Barsha district is still full of activity.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_night_mosaic_1.jpg)


I hope you have enjoyed today's retail therapy, our next visit will be to the less glamourous Al Quoz Industrial District.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on September 14, 2012, 10:33:43 PM
Nice two updates. &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: Ricky112233 on September 15, 2012, 05:52:40 AM
Ditto that, very two nice updates indeed! And, I most certainly will send you a message if I'll have questions!

Once again, good job! :thumbsup:

-Ricky
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: Connor on September 15, 2012, 03:25:55 PM
Beautiful update as usual, and that mosaic was fantastic  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: RickD on September 18, 2012, 05:17:07 AM
Looks great. The hotels are impressive.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: nas-t on September 19, 2012, 07:29:52 AM
great update again!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: art128 on September 20, 2012, 03:40:15 PM
I like your version of the mall of the emirates. I never thought of using these airport's terminal to make a big building like this.

The Emerald Plaza looks great next to the complex.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #25 - September 14, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on September 20, 2012, 04:37:42 PM
I've always really liked your MD and somehow I seem to keep missing your updates--sorry  &mmm

Your blend of buildings, nice night shots, desert style, and Arabic character is really something cool  &apls

And I can't believe they have Ski Dhahran in SC4--probably the most ridiculous building in the world (for someone living in the Arctic)  ::)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #26 - September 20, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on September 20, 2012, 10:07:18 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)

Replies:

Thank you everyone for your comments, they mean a lot.

nbvc: Thanks!
Ricky112233: Thanks for your comment.  I am always happy to answer any questions.
Connor: Thank you for your kind words.
RickD: Those hotels are really quite impressive BATs.
nas-t: Thanks!
art128: There is an embarrassing shortage of shopping malls out there for SC4 so I thought airport terminals were the best option.
noahclem: Thank you for commenting.  I hope you don't miss my updates.


At first glance the Emirate of Dhahran may seem to be full of skyscrapers and mansions, but there is much more to this Emirate than meets the eye.  Situated close to the Mall of the Emirates and Sheikh Al Maktoum Road is Al Quoz Industrial District. 

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_10.jpg)


Al Quoz is one of the biggest industrial hubs in the Middle East and has factories and stores representing most of the world's major companies, including retail stores such as Walmart, Target, and Ikea.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_12.jpg)



(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_11.jpg)


I hope you have found this visit to a less glamourous part of Dhahran interesting.  Please join me next time as we return to the Jumeirah waterfront.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #26 - September 20, 2012)
Post by: Kergelen on September 21, 2012, 03:39:00 AM
Great work on the industrial and logistic center :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on October 06, 2012, 09:09:26 AM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)

Replies:

Kergelen:  Thanks for commenting!  I am glad you liked the industrial area.


Covering more than 40 hectares and consisting of 4.5 kilometres of waterways, Madinat Jumeirah is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Emirate of Dhahran.  Located adjacent to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab, and Wild Wadi Water Park, Madinat Jumeirah is just a 30 minute drive from Dhahran International Airport and a 10 minute drive from Mall of the Emirates.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_image_3.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_15.jpg)


Opened in 2003, Madinat Jumeirah offers luxury hotels, apartments, shopping and dining to tourists from all over the world.  The architecture is Arabian inspired and the underlying concept is to recreate traditional Dhahranian life as it used to be in the days of pearl diving and fishing.  The waterways are also home to a turtle sanctuary, reaffirming Dhahran's commitment to the enviroment.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_13.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_16.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_image_6.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_image_5.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_night_mosaic_2.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_image_4.jpg)


Please join me next time, as our journey to Dhahran will take us to a new district of the city.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: art128 on October 06, 2012, 09:23:28 AM
Really nice update. The area around that hotel is sumptuously made!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: solsystem on October 07, 2012, 04:34:38 AM
Very beautiful pics!  &apls  Especially the last ingame night pic is amazing.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: RickD on October 08, 2012, 04:25:38 AM
THe area looks very nice with the canals. I also like the nightshot.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: Ricky112233 on October 13, 2012, 10:28:10 AM
Wow! That is jst unbelievable! The hotel, the apartments, the canals, the beach, it's...it's....perfect!
I'd just absolutely love to live there! ;)

-Ricky :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: whatevermind on October 15, 2012, 07:25:15 PM
Wow! Just read up on two countries worth, and I say you remain the king of mosaics, so many of those are just stunning. The range of city styles you cover is also amazing - island paradise, island slum, suburban wasteland, historic districts, modern high rises, gorgeous beach resorts - it's all here somewhere. Also, I can't believe someone actually BATted the Dubai ski slope  ::) indeed one of the more ridiculous buildings in the world. Keep up the great work!

Oh, and what is the M.C. Escher-esque building near the bottom of the last photo of your September 20th post?
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: Huston_N7 on October 15, 2012, 11:57:23 PM
AAAAAMAAAZING! Saw this on Simtropolis as well, and I have to say that these are one of the most stunning images and mosaics I've ever seen. Your input of detail into these Middle-Eastern cities are unparalleled.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: DebussyMan on October 21, 2012, 03:25:45 PM
Been checking out this MD lately, what a unique style!
I'm also very glad to see that my old models are still being used, and in such imaginative ways!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on October 21, 2012, 04:26:58 PM
Great update again  &apls  The canals and water are perfect and I really like the night shot  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #27 - October 6, 2012)
Post by: apeguy on November 05, 2012, 11:42:04 AM
Impressive. :thumbsup: The canals lined with palm trees look incredible, they go perfectly with the luxury apartments. ;D
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #28 - November 22, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on November 22, 2012, 10:29:36 AM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)

Replies:

art128: Yet again, lot editing makes all the difference.
solsystem: Thanks, I am not always certain that I know how to edit nighttime pictures but perhaps I got this one right.
RickD: Thanks, the canals are a LE creation.
Ricky112233: The main problem with this MD is that I always want to live in Dhahran whenever I work on it.
whatevermind: Thanks for reading through my MD, I have enjoyed creating three very different countries so far.  Is this the building you mean? http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/16988-coco-park/
Republic: Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot.
DebussyMan: Great BATs such as yours typically work in almost any setting if used wisely.
noahclem: Thank you for commenting!
apeguy: Those palm trees are a great recent addition to the STEX.


Umm Suqeim is a largely residential neighbourhood which borders Jumeirah.  The waterfront district of Umm Suqeim features much less development than Jumeirah, but one project is the Umm Suqeim Fishermen Harbour.  Unfortunately the credit crisis which has hit Dhahran bad, has halted construction on this project.  In this mosaic below you can see that the harbour has been developed but the rest of the man-made peninsula awaits residential development. 

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_17.jpg)


Whilst housing some luxury yachts, this harbour project is also intended for use by the traditional fishermen - a nod to the traditional fish and pearl merchants who were once the backbone of the Emirate before oil.

Please join us next time as we continue our tour of the Umm Suqeim district.


[Authors note: Please accept my apologies for the inactivity of this CJ recently, I had to go to Nigeria for a couple of weeks because of work which put my sim city work behind schedule, I am currently busy working away on Dhahran, but just doing some rather uninteresting suburban and industrial sprawl at the moment.]
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #28 - November 22, 2012)
Post by: whatevermind on November 27, 2012, 08:20:37 PM
Indeed, that's the one. Thanks for the link!

Ah, the indefinitely unfinished residential development - one of the more unfortunate realities of suburban growth (or lack thereof, I might say).
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #28 - November 22, 2012)
Post by: Dantes on November 29, 2012, 06:24:03 AM
Very nice how you have the modern Arabic design.  :thumbsup: I miss in the mosque a beautiful place with palm trees. Many vacant lots leave with palm-lined squares make nice.  :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #28 - November 22, 2012)
Post by: noahclem on December 17, 2012, 11:29:12 AM
I hope the local economy recovers! This is a very promising area and looks great so far  &apls  I love the way your shorelines look  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #29 - December 22, 2012)
Post by: eugenelavery on December 22, 2012, 11:10:21 AM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)

Replies:

whatevermind: Glad we could locate that building.
Dantes:  Those palm trees provide much-needed shade from the Arabian sun.
noahclem: Yes, the economy is slowly recovering although it was a big bubble that burst.


Today is our second and final visit to the Umm Suqeim district of Dhahran.  Umm Suqeim has few buildings of note and is mostly just suburban sprawl with many residents choosing to live here and work in the nearby Business Bay District.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_21.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_20.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_19.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/jumeirah_mosaic_18.jpg)


Please join us next time as we will visit the Business Bay District which will bring you what you have all been waiting for, futuristic skyscrapers rising from the desert sand.
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #29 - December 22, 2012)
Post by: nbvc on December 23, 2012, 01:31:19 AM
Great work. :thumbsup: Which terrain mod do you use for the sand?
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #29 - December 22, 2012)
Post by: Swordmaster on December 23, 2012, 07:37:13 AM
Nice work! We could use some sunshine here.


Cheers
Willy
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #30 - January 21, 2013)
Post by: eugenelavery on January 21, 2013, 10:18:38 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)

Replies:

nbvc: I use marsh's unfinished sahara terrain mod.  I believe there is a link to it in his forum topic.
swordmaster: Yes, I miss the sunshine too.


Business Bay is a central business district under construction in the Emirate of Dhahran.  Business Bay is set between Sheikh Al Maktoum Road and the extended Dhahran creek.  Thanks to the vision of Sheikh Maktoum and the marvels of modern engineering, it is now possible to have waterfront views in the middle of the desert!  Business Bay is expected to be completed by 2020 and to become the financial hub of the Middle East.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/BusinessBay/business_bay_mosaic_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #30 - January 21, 2013)
Post by: noahclem on January 23, 2013, 07:25:33 AM
Great work on the last updates  &apls  The selection and creative use of bats in the previous one is really impressive. The nice shorelines here are always a plus and the business district is a very promising area. Keep it up  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #30 - January 21, 2013)
Post by: Dantes on January 23, 2013, 06:17:53 PM
The high-rise buildings are very beautiful to look. I miss green.  &ops Could not build a sea water desalination and create significantly more palm gardens?  :-[

Again a fantastic update!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #31 - January 29, 2013)
Post by: eugenelavery on January 29, 2013, 02:54:37 PM
(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Dhahran/dhahran_banner.jpg)


Replies:

noahclem:  You notice that Dhahran is extending its amount of coastline with projects such as Business Bay.
Dantes:  More green areas are planned.


This night shot gives a good overview of the Business Bay development, stretching from the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Towers at the top of the shot to the Signature Towers at the bottom of the shot.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/BusinessBay/business_bay_night_1.jpg)


This shot captures the Vision Tower, The Bay Gate, One Business Bay, and the Tiara United Towers.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/BusinessBay/business_bay_night_2.jpg)

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/BusinessBay/business_bay_night_4.jpg)


Another day in Dhahran is coming to an end, please join me next time as we continue following the Business Bay development and get closer to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/BusinessBay/business_bay_night_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #31 - January 29, 2013)
Post by: benedict on February 01, 2013, 10:35:11 AM
The lights in the last image are stunning - you should place that in the photo contest for sure!
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #31 - January 29, 2013)
Post by: Swordmaster on February 01, 2013, 10:39:12 AM
Stunning is the one word to describe it indeed!


Cheers
Willy
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #31 - January 29, 2013)
Post by: Dantes on February 01, 2013, 12:36:35 PM
Fantastic night pictures to see again  :thumbsup:
Awesome !  :)
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #31 - January 29, 2013)
Post by: solsystem on February 03, 2013, 04:23:45 AM
Wonderful night pics!  &apls &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #32 - Lokrum - May 19, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on May 19, 2013, 09:35:58 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/VZxM90z.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/HeZkY3K.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/hCGkjFt.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/4XYNFbd.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/2V9ON6R.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/wgO8BAf.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/EDGWCUg.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/KGtKlAT.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #32 - Lokrum - May 19, 2013
Post by: benedict on May 23, 2013, 07:40:50 PM
Love this new direction your city building... or should I say creating... is going in.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #32 - Lokrum - May 19, 2013
Post by: Swordmaster on May 23, 2013, 07:59:22 PM
Interesting. Will it be rural or urban? In either case I'm looking forward to seeing more.


Cheers
Willy
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #32 - Lokrum - May 19, 2013
Post by: Kergelen on May 24, 2013, 02:20:20 AM
Nice pictures and interesting project.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #32 - Lokrum - May 19, 2013
Post by: noahclem on May 24, 2013, 06:21:20 AM
The skyscraper development is among the very best of that type I've ever seen. Wow. The rural shots with the monastery and coastline are beautiful as well. Excellent diversity of style  &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #32 - Lokrum - May 19, 2013
Post by: Dantes on June 03, 2013, 12:18:25 PM
Lokrum is a paradise. I would like to spend as a tourist with a few there a few days. (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/e03820ca109c4c698e0ec09bd238a35e.gif)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #33 - Dubrovnik - June 4, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on June 04, 2013, 10:00:25 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


Replies:

benedict: I am excited by the new possibilities. I will in time though return to the desert I imagine.
Swordmaster: It will be a mixture, although it will mostly feature smaller towns.
Kergelen: Thanks for visiting.
noahclem: There won't be so many skyscrapers in La Méditerranée.
Dantes: I would like to spend the summer in Lokrum myself!


(http://i.imgur.com/WULA7A8.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/57prWUp.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/31zSL1b.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/7BmIuvZ.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/8DPIZy0.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/XFEkkGi.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #33 - Dubrovnik - June 4, 2013
Post by: FrankU on June 05, 2013, 02:52:58 AM
Near perfection!
No more to say....
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #33 - Dubrovnik - June 4, 2013
Post by: Gugu3 on June 05, 2013, 04:31:12 AM
Very nice! &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #33 - Dubrovnik - June 4, 2013
Post by: kelis on June 05, 2013, 06:23:05 AM
Fantastic job with your region my friend, I like so much the mediterranian style !! the city wall looks so good in front of the sea... Keep up the good work.

#Jonathan
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #33 - Dubrovnik - June 4, 2013
Post by: nbvc on June 05, 2013, 03:25:20 PM
The mediterranean style looks great.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #33 - Dubrovnik - June 4, 2013
Post by: Kergelen on June 07, 2013, 04:05:11 PM
I like the narrow streets and the buildings close to each other. The use of xannepan walls under the fortifications looks good too.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on June 18, 2013, 09:41:26 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


Replies:

FrankU: Thank you, your compliments mean a lot to me.
Gugu3: Thanks for visiting!
kelis: Thanks, glad you liked the wall.
nbvc: Thanks, I am interested following your middle eastern stuff.
Kergelen: Those xannepan walls are awesome.  I have used them in this update too.


(http://i.imgur.com/WULA7A8.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/bLdEwQ3.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/w5kgyk9.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/VaBFPyJ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/mrTqvG2.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/XQkOF6r.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: RepublicMaster on June 19, 2013, 02:11:31 AM
I really like this update. :)

The beach looks good, as does the marina. :D
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: Kergelen on June 19, 2013, 02:45:55 AM
Very nice work. I like this small beach and the marina.
I would add streetlights in the old-town and would put more flora on thne slopes instead of NOB walls.
Great detail with the door archway at the bootom of the stairs &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: art128 on June 19, 2013, 04:34:53 AM
Beautiful town!

Lovely work on the different area, the beach and the marina are well done.

As Kergelen said, try to put some flora instead of all NOB's walls, it'll give a less...." birck " feel and a more oldish town one.

Also, I know it makes the game laggy, but try to turn the shadow on when you take pictures. Just go to the graphic option ingame, turn them at max, take the pictures and then turn them at the lowest setting, don't worry you'll just have to zoom out a few times ( one or two generally) for the shadows to disappear again.

I Say that because the picture of the old town with the white paved street would look much much better of there was shadows making the streets darker.

-Arthur
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: Gugu3 on June 19, 2013, 08:17:17 AM
Beautiful city!!!
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: vortext on June 19, 2013, 01:05:55 PM
Great city, I really like all the narrow streets! &apls

By now I think you know what to do next but just in case a short rundown; more mmps (flora, cars, people & stuff) and turn on the shadows!  ;D

Keep it up!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #34 - Dubrovnik - June 18, 2013
Post by: eldaldo on June 19, 2013, 04:49:56 PM
Wow I love the pedestrian footpaths in that one image.  is this a functional city or is it eye candy?
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on July 02, 2013, 09:45:13 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


Replies:

RepublicMaster: Thanks for visiting Dubrovnik!  Glad you liked the beach and marina.
Kergelen: Thanks for your advice, I appreciate it.
art128: You will notice the shadows are on in this update.
Gugu3: Thanks for visiting.
vortext: Thanks for your advice!
eldaldo: The city is functional, but there is a lot of plopped stuff created in Lot Editor mixed in.


(http://i.imgur.com/8Y0ELni.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/WnTkNjA.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JvI2RLD.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/VGejlkw.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: b22rian on July 02, 2013, 10:09:04 PM
everything looks really great.
especially the water mod.
i really love the water mod you use U gene.
but I may have mentioned that before. LOL

thanks, Brian
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: Kergelen on July 03, 2013, 02:53:07 AM
wow, very nice!
Is difficult that the narrow streets looks good and you have achieved it very well. &apls
The brazilian houses are a good choice and also the street near the sea.
IMO the small spaces in the mediterranean small towns are the most difficult thing to achieve and you have done very well &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: Gugu3 on July 03, 2013, 04:14:22 AM
Very very nice! &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: art128 on July 03, 2013, 07:49:22 AM
Wonderful settings on this Mediterranean town.  I love the way you worked on the slope with stairs and retaining walls.
I'm not a fan of Mediterranean style IRL but I have to say I'd visit your little town.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: Swordmaster on July 04, 2013, 12:10:23 AM
Good job on the atmosphere here. Makes me long for summer.


Cheers
Willy
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: kelis on July 04, 2013, 06:54:19 AM
Fantastic job here !! I love how you worked the hills with those stairs, it looks really nice  &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on July 04, 2013, 10:11:17 PM
Replies:

b22rian: Thanks, yes the water mod by Rivit does work well.
Kergelen: I was surprised myself by how well the Brazilian houses work.  The roofs are the exact colour I am after.
Gugu3: Thanks for visiting!
art128: I would love to visit Cavtat too!
Swordmaster: Thanks, I spent many hours in Lot Editor trying to create the right atmosphere.
kelis: Those retaining walls and stairs are invaluable to convincing building on hillsides.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: RepublicMaster on July 05, 2013, 12:48:43 AM
I really like the narrow streets and waterfront! Great work. :D
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: Dantes on July 05, 2013, 09:00:26 AM
I like the small town on the slopes it is very impressive. I also like the harbor. I would love to stroll through the narrow streets. (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/41a95e51a87450ddb7c574e7a5bb643b.gif)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #35 - Cavtat - July 2, 2013
Post by: Yan077 on July 13, 2013, 09:02:06 AM
 :o

The last mosaic, is one of the most beautiful thing I ever seen with that game....

 &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach - July 16, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on July 15, 2013, 11:40:21 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)

Replies:

RepublicMaster: Thanks for visiting and commenting.
Dantes: This MD has certainly made me want to visit Croatia.
Yan077: Your comment means a lot to me, you are the Mediterranean master.


(http://i.imgur.com/8Y0ELni.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/0P0akuY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JRLlzEi.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/qeY1ctA.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: agunter999 on July 16, 2013, 01:44:42 AM
Wow, just unbilievable. You must do alot of lot editing
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: Flatron on July 16, 2013, 04:10:00 AM
Wow, I returned from croatia on sunday, and now you remind me of my holiday :thumbsup: You caught the style and atmosphere quite well,
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: kbieniu7 on July 16, 2013, 09:28:30 AM
So sunny!
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: Kergelen on July 18, 2013, 09:42:55 AM
Great pictures, specially the last mosaic.
Amazing underwater MMPing &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on July 19, 2013, 09:32:39 AM
Replies:

agunter999: I spend more time in Lot Editor than in the game itself sometimes.
Flatron: I hope you enjoyed Croatia.
kbieniu7: You may see something less sunny in the next update.
Kergelen: Thanks! Glad you like the underwater MMPing. Thanks must go to Yan and Benoit for offering a lot of helpful advice.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: art128 on July 19, 2013, 10:04:12 AM
Beautiful coastline. That little town really is beautiful.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: rooker1 on July 22, 2013, 05:36:21 AM
Beautiful scenes, I love it!
Looks to me like it took a long time to get those houses perfectly placed.

Robin
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat Beach- July 16, 2013
Post by: Swordmaster on July 24, 2013, 02:25:39 AM
That's quite something indeed. I'm not usually a fan of very transparent water, but this scene is very enticing. Very good!


Cheers
Willy
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on July 30, 2013, 06:44:34 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


Replies:

art128: Thanks, the coastline was a lot of work.
rooker1: Thanks for visiting!
Swordmaster: I am glad you enjoyed the transparent water this time.


(http://i.imgur.com/8Y0ELni.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Gj9GcgY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/PMOKDTC.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: art128 on July 30, 2013, 06:48:17 PM
Oh, suddenly, this little town is less appealing! Ahah, just joking. Good work on the rain effect, well made.

I see there are still some adventurous people walking along the waterside by this weather!
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: threestooges on August 01, 2013, 03:03:44 AM
It's my pleasure to announce that this MD will be featured in OSITM for the month of August.

(http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac213/BSCLEX/8-13_eugenelavery_zpsdbda8650.jpg)

Looking forward to seeing what you have in store.
-The OSITM Committee
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: Swordmaster on August 01, 2013, 11:11:21 AM
Congrats on your second award!


Cheers
Willy
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: Bipin on August 01, 2013, 06:15:52 PM
Congratulations on the OSITM. Quite an honour, and a well-deserved one at that!  &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: rooker1 on August 02, 2013, 07:00:01 AM
Congratulations!! Very well deserve move indeed!

Robin
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: vortext on August 03, 2013, 09:09:38 AM
Congratulation on your OSITM!  &apls

I've been following your MD with great interest since the reboot, so to speak. What you've shown so far is rather excellent and needless to say I'm looking forward to what you have in store for us this month!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on August 06, 2013, 06:55:16 AM
Replies:

Thank you everyone for your comments, it is a great honour to be selected for a second OSITM. I have some special things planned for this coming month, including some visits to countries I don't believe have ever been visited before in SC4 City Journals/Mayor Diaries. The first update will be coming later this week.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #36 - Cavtat in the rain- July 30, 2013
Post by: Kergelen on August 06, 2013, 09:21:48 AM
Congrats on the 2nd OSITM! &apls

I'm intigued by what countries you'll show.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo- August 10, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on August 10, 2013, 12:18:28 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/vK0Clcj.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/EVNzupL.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Hz6pmPy.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo - August 10, 2013
Post by: art128 on August 10, 2013, 01:52:04 PM
Wonderful settings once again! That apartment block just over the beach is awesome.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo - August 10, 2013
Post by: vortext on August 10, 2013, 01:58:59 PM
The narrow street plans already were excellent and an improving eye for detail conveys a lively, yet relaxed atmosphere! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo - August 10, 2013
Post by: RepublicMaster on August 10, 2013, 08:09:02 PM
The mix of apartment blocks on the beach is great! Good work. :)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on August 16, 2013, 11:47:27 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YzJBNQF.jpg)


Replies:

art128: I am glad you like the eclectic choice of buildings.
vortext: Thanks! Your MD is great!
RepublicMaster: Probably a nice view from those dreary socialist apartment blocks.


(http://i.imgur.com/vK0Clcj.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Q1JkuwF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/N8hBO3X.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/2qKYY0e.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: samu64 on August 17, 2013, 03:43:53 AM
Nice work, but I was wondering where I got the base texture that acts as a grass and the rock (not that great or balls) in the sea.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: Mr.Lin on August 21, 2013, 02:23:51 AM
Great works !
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: Gugu3 on August 21, 2013, 03:52:09 AM
Very nice! &apls
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: benedict on August 23, 2013, 10:15:21 AM
This is really tremendous work. Congratulations on being featured in OSITM.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: noahclem on August 25, 2013, 02:47:15 PM
Beautiful work here  &apls  I really like the way you've combined Mediterranean style with commie blocks to make a nice recreation of Albania!
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on August 26, 2013, 09:06:23 AM
Replies:

samu64: I am just using sand and stones as the base texture for the seabed.
Mr. Lin Thanks!
Gugu3: Thanks for visiting!
benedict: It is an honour to be in OSITM again.
noahclem: Yeah, Albania presented an interesting challenge trying to combine its beauty with its socialist history.


Thank you everyone for visiting during this past month.  I would like to apologise for not being able to offer more updates, real life hasn't been very cooperative unfortunately. I would like to say that another update is in the works, and it is another country that I don't believe anyone has done before in SC4.
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #37 - Qeparo, Part Two - August 17, 2013
Post by: samuele64d on August 26, 2013, 09:53:29 AM
which will it be? Let me guess ...
Greece or Cyprus?    ()what()
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #38 - Behind the scenes - August 29, 2013
Post by: eugenelavery on August 29, 2013, 07:15:35 PM
To finish my OSITM, I am going to show some unedited behind the scenes pictures of my latest project which is Monaco.  In these pictures you will see one Lot that I created in LE, everything is plopped including the roads, cars, boats, and pedestrians. This is the Fontvieille area of Monaco, which is the most modern part of the Prinicipality. I hope you enjoy this slightly different update.


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Other/fontvieille_1.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Other/fontvieille_2.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Other/fontvieille_3.jpg)


(http://www.majhost.com/gallery/eugenelavery/Other/fontvieille_4.jpg)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #38 - Behind the scenes - August 29, 2013
Post by: RepublicMaster on August 29, 2013, 11:02:40 PM
Looks great! I can't wait to see the finished product. :)
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #38 - Behind the scenes - August 29, 2013
Post by: InvaderNat on August 30, 2013, 12:53:56 AM
Those marinas look awesome, good job. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #38 - Behind the scenes - August 29, 2013
Post by: Gugu3 on August 30, 2013, 05:02:27 AM
Good job!Like the "Louis II" stadium :P
Title: Re: La Méditerranée #38 - Behind the scenes - August 29, 2013
Post by: vortext on August 30, 2013, 11:05:20 AM
Seems like you got the boat trouble solved.  ;)

Very nice neighborhood which also confirms what I always thought: those Somy(?) BATs fit right in a Mediterranean setting.  :thumbsup:

Looking forward to see the completed area! 
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #39 - Discover the world
Post by: eugenelavery on May 10, 2014, 08:08:34 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/kZtqLVK.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/vc5hkLB.jpg)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #39 - Discover the world
Post by: vortext on May 12, 2014, 06:56:25 AM
Nice picture, looking forward to more!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #39 - Discover the world
Post by: Gugu3 on May 12, 2014, 09:10:56 AM
Wow..... :o
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: eugenelavery on May 17, 2014, 09:41:15 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/dGtcekh.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/fefB4EO.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/17YVWF1.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/bTJab3F.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/mhUUWLU.jpg)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: Mr.Lin on May 18, 2014, 01:31:53 AM
Fantastic style!I like it !
Looking forward to your next update .
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: feyss on May 18, 2014, 06:45:31 AM
It's been quite a while since the last uptade, bu it's totally worth it. It's the first time a see someone who tries to reproduct an african city and the result is really good. I can't wait to see more.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: vortext on May 18, 2014, 12:07:56 PM
Excellent work indeed. You really have a knack for tight, chaotic city blocks!  &apls

btw, that rounded fence in the lower left corner of the second pic, where did you find that?!  ???  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: Themistokles on May 18, 2014, 12:12:37 PM
The chaotic feel of it is just wonderful, the atmosphere of it is really good! I especially like how you mix built-up areas with "empty" plots.
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: FrankU on May 19, 2014, 04:27:48 AM
Indeed a very good and realistic atmosphere! Great work and I am looking forward to more.
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #40 - Dar es Salaam
Post by: benedict on May 23, 2014, 02:34:37 PM
I'm loving the new work you've shown.

And congratulations, you're number one on Ben's Top Ten this week.
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam 2.0
Post by: eugenelavery on June 07, 2014, 08:19:39 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/dGtcekh.jpg)


Replies:

Mr Lin: The next update is here!
feyss: I can see why others haven't attempted it, you really have to carefully choose what buildings to use.
vortext: I am still trying to locate that fence. I tend to rename a lot of props so I can find them easy in LE, still searching for the original. I will let you know if I find it.
Themistokles: I have been to Africa so I have some first-hand experience on what it is like. Google Earth also helps a lot.
FrankU: I am hoping you enjoy the lotting in this MD.
benedict: Hopefully I can return to number one soon. Very hard to get comments on SC4D these days, not like a few years ago!


(http://i.imgur.com/bzMpECx.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/BX2qztA.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/HAEN098.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ZuWypum.jpg)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam, part 2
Post by: noahclem on June 08, 2014, 09:26:47 AM
Great choice of bats and lotting and very nice shoreline  &apls
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam, part 2
Post by: belfastsocrates on June 08, 2014, 10:16:12 AM
Absolutely excellent! As mentioned above a great BAT and LOT selection choice and some superb lotting and details.
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam, part 2
Post by: romualdillo on June 09, 2014, 04:49:52 PM
I like chaotic cities in SC4... I think yours is a masterpiece. I forget the grid when looking at your images!!
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam, part 2
Post by: vester on June 09, 2014, 06:13:11 PM
Very chaotic, yes, but that is what makes all the more real life like.   &apls
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam, part 2
Post by: kelis on June 11, 2014, 05:47:49 AM
Fantastic job my friend !!! I like this kind of style in simcity 4 and you are doing an excellent job making all these scenes, I can't wait to see something more.
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #41 - Dar es Salaam, part 2
Post by: vortext on June 11, 2014, 10:09:36 AM
Excellent lotting, everything fits together great!  &apls
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: eugenelavery on July 05, 2014, 05:23:46 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/xvR5ZXK.jpg)


Replies:

noahclem: Thanks, I put a lot of thought into what BATs to use.
belfastsocrates: Thanks for visiting!
romualdillo: Thanks, the grid is hard to break.
vester: Africa is indeed chaotic.
kelis: Thanks, I love your work also!
vortext: I guess Lotting is my thing.


To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we visit Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana district. During the World Cup, the beach will be transformed into a FIFA Fanzone where fans from around the world will gather to watch the matches live on big screens. Who will win it all? Brazil, Germany, Argentina, or the Netherlands?


(http://i.imgur.com/OIr6ODY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/j1hJaW6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/oIjyYL0.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/z2cyOHG.jpg)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: juliok102013 on July 05, 2014, 07:08:42 PM
Germain will win, Brazil will be the 3rd

Fantastic Photos, it's like I'm seeing Copacabana!
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: Dantes on July 06, 2014, 08:45:08 AM
Look awesome!

Nooo, German no wins! (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/9e380b9b751b4d8c42b8204b8564ef35.gif)  *whaaaaaaa* I wish all wins (http://www.ld-host.de/uploads/images/1592b5e9b766142f97c6e2ad45358af8.gif)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: isii94 on July 06, 2014, 11:13:48 AM
Your pics look fantastic :thumbsup: It might look even better if the crowd watching the game (I suppose) on the beach was a bit denser.

Well I'm not really interested in football  :-\ The ones that play the best should win
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: art128 on July 06, 2014, 11:27:40 AM
wonderful pictures. :)
As isii94 said, the best team will win. :)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: vortext on July 07, 2014, 10:57:07 AM
Excellent pictures!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: Gugu3 on July 08, 2014, 04:08:30 AM
Excellent pictures :D
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: romualdillo on July 09, 2014, 02:08:15 PM
speechless...  &apls
Title: Re: Zouérat Islamic Federation (Update #3 - Feb 11, 2012)
Post by: paf1 on December 12, 2014, 03:47:07 AM
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(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage9.jpg)







(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/eugenelavery/Zouerat%20Islamic%20Federation/LagouiraImage13.jpg)
Title: Re: Scenic Routes Around the World #42 - FIFA World Cup Special
Post by: Gugu3 on December 12, 2014, 10:54:10 AM
Very nice!