Civpop; My hat is off to you, sir! That was by far one of the most impressive examples of co-operative internet research. Just outstanding - As others
have said, to the degree that with the age of the Internet and modern networking, to have an outreach as far as Abu Dhabi, from where the OP
originates (state-side), that's just an incredible feat.
You know, I spent a sad seven, yes SEVEN (7) hours, yesterday researching this. I spent approximately 3 hours browsing through images (via-flickr,
google images, etc.), and about 4 hours doing miscellaneous google searches on this. I ended up drawing a semi-concrete conclusion, coming to the same
general idea - forestry/land-beautification/agriculture. However, no further images of the actual domes, or flat-top cones, as these seem.
The very interesting things that I DID notice though, throughout my 'investigation', which DO raise other questions, sort of going 'against the
grain' of this forestry/irrigation conclusion, are the following;
The land/property surrounding the domes:
- I've noticed several smaller stand-alone buildings, randomly placed around the facility's property, or juuuuuuust outside of the proper
boundaries. These structures appear to be smaller, maybe 20ft x 50-60ft single-level building, with a standard semi-angular roof (not flat). These
structures or buildings, do not have any visible roads or paths leading TO or around nearby, for access - They are simply just 'there', placed
- The trapezoidal section, in the upper-right (north-eastern) sector of the "grid", which seems to 'disrupt' the grid roads perpendicularity and
uniformity. This seems to be a raised plateau, where this is situated, with a decent amount of foliage/trees, yet also paired with some of those
random buildings mentioned above, within this 'trapezoidal section'. I just find it rather out of place and random, with no lines of irrigation
leading up to it, or away.
- The uniformity of the grid-like road/street system within this 'forestry/irrigation' complex, is also quite odd. At over a 1/4mile with these
straight sections of road, that some are often covered up in wind-blown sand, there doesn't seem to be a definitive purpose or reason behind this
system of streets, intersections, etc.
- Also, adding to my last comment on the roads/streets.. If this is just an irrigation/forestry project, then why are there full-blown markings and
signage on the paved roads, like there would be in your typical metropolitan/urban street-setting.. With the white and/or yellow hatch-markings around
bends, intersections, and on the straight sections.. I just find this a little 'over the top' if not, REALLY out of place, since this is supposedly
only an 'irrigation/forestry' project, and isn't open to the general public/etc.
The structure itself:
- If these are simply water-stations or pumps, or whatever related to the above aforementioned 'irrigation/forestry' project, then why are the ramps
leading up and around the dome/structure, SO wide and has TWO lanes? It doesn't look like the platform up top allows enough space for a large/heavy
vehicle/truck to actually TURN around to go back down the other lane, on the spiral ramp.
- These spiral ramps leading around and up these dome structures are WIDE, heavily reinforced, and multiple lanes (two). These ramps are approximately
900-1000ft long, when you stretch them out into a straight-line, the ones that wrap/wind around the dome structure. As stated before, the flat area on
the top part of the dome, AROUND the flat raised structure on top, doesn't appear to have nearly enough room for really more than one or two vehicles
(SMALL ones at that, perhaps similar to a civilian SUV or truck, in size), to be stationary, much less moving around and trying to go around one
another, or to even turn around and then drive back down the way you came up, down that spiral ramp.
- Since this is only a forestry or irrigation-station/whatever, then why are these things, these dome structures, why are they SO heavily built-up and
engineered, to appear to hold SEVERAL large machines/tractors/trucks, for driving up to the top and/or down? What must me maintained, implemented, or
used ON, inside, within, or even UNDER the dome structure, that would require SUCH huge and heavy equipment?
Those are just a few questions and/or things that came to mind, that I have on the subject... oh, and why in the hell are these fences surrounding
this entire stretch of land, SO tall, so large, and so 'fortified', when this seems to just be an irrigation/forestry project.. Hmm. Strange.....
Oh, and the simple fact that there is apparently no obvious paper-trail (literally, or e-paper trail lol), on any of this project, or on any of these
structures/buildings, and no official or unofficial pictures of any of this complex or these domes, until just NOW, courtesy of the awesome Civpop.. I
find this all to be a little odd, out of place, strange, random, and just a little out in 'left field', to just be a simple irrigation project or
some forestry project.
My $.02 lol