Dubai developer Nakheel has blamed extensive flooding at its newest residential project on unspecified issues with a “community irrigation system”, despite being aware of the problem for six months.
Last week, Arabian Business published photos that appeared to show a large part of one of Al Furjan’s communal areas flooded by putrid water, which residents claimed had been there since April this year.
Residents told Arabian Business that Nakheel has provided no explanation and ignored repeated requests to fix the problem. The developer, which is best known as the builder of the manmade Palm Jumeirah, only completed handovers at its new Al Furjan residential complex, which contains 800 homes, last month.
In a statement, Nakheel said: “This excess water was caused by an issue with the community irrigation system. We are currently investigating the specific cause, and will rectify the situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience.”
It added: “Al Furjan is a newly-completed community. As with all new developments, any necessary repairs or modifications to infrastructure services and facilities will be carried out under the main contractor’s warranty.”
Nakheel was one of developers worst hit by Dubai’s financial crisis of 2008-2009, which saw property prices plunge by as much as 60 percent. Among the firm’s stalled or scrapped projects are the Palm Jebel Ali and massive Dubai Waterfront.
After a major restructuring which saw Nakheel come under government control, the company had slowly been rebuilding its reputation as it repaid creditor claims and completed works on previously on-hold projects.
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