Dubai residents sickened by sewage

Waste water floods International City area for second week in a row, infuriating residents.

Sewage has flooded an area of Dubai's International City for the second week in a row, infuriating the development's residents, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Thursday.

An entire car park, roads and pavements are now submerged under the sewage, which was still rising up from the drains on Wednesday, the newspaper said.

The sewage is now just a metre from the entrances of some residential buildings in the ‘England’ cluster, near one of the main roads, while the car park is also flooded with the waste water.

Motorists are being forced to drive through the pools and around the hazard caused by tankers that are working to pump out the water, while the smell - worsened by the summer heat - was attracting swarms of flies.

A spokesperson for the city's master developer Nakheel told the newspaper a team was working on measures to resolve the situation.

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Posted by: jack t

The issue is far more deep rooted than the bursting of a sewage pipe. It stems from a basic tenet of human greed (to make money at every opportunity), combined with total disregard for consumer rights (consumer beware) and no doubt laced with a generous dash of arrogance.

Posted by: Chris J

We see the fiasco of sewerage, but even when you are paying fees you still are ripped off here. Imagine buying an apartment from a major developer beginning with the letter E. This year the Maintenance fees have risen by an astonishing 45% over last year. There is no accountability as the books finalising costs for 2007 have not been done and the books for 2006 have just been finalised. The books for the towers in question are not even available for viewing at our location although we are only two towers. We have to drive elsewhere where the developer has installed paid parking to deter us from viewing the books. There has been no maintenance committee set up as required by law, and there is no accountability for the massive expenditure to residents. It is about more than sewerage. It is about honesty by these developers! Buying in Dubai.....Caveat Emptor!

Posted by: Aadil

We're thinking of moving to Dubai. The whole world's perception is that companies like Nakheel and Emaar are world class, but this doesn't seem to be the case. It's even more worrying for Dubai, if Nakheel and Emaar are cutting corners, imagine what the smaller developers are doing. Tight deadlines, increasing costs, etc. Are these buildings going to fall apart?

Posted by: Dreamer

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY BIG DEVELOPERS LIKE EMAAR AND NAKHEEL ARE BUILDING PROPERTIES IN THE LOCALITY WITH BIG PROMISES WHEN THEY CANNOT KEEP THEIR WORD AND GIVE WHAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD. PLEASE PROVE THAT YOU ARE MAKING HOMES THAT HUMANS CAN RESIDE IN.

Posted by: J K Motwani

The sewage overflow at International City shows the city's over burgeoning infrastructure is unable to cope. However the response by Nakheel to deal with this problem or to reassure the homeowners is even more worrisome. The stench problem is nothing new and has existed a long time. New investors do need to understand that the only so-called "Cheapest/Affordable" apartments in Dubai come with a very heavily smelling neighbour (i.e. the sewerage plant).

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