Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah 'safe' after road collapse, says Nakheel

Section of roadway buckled under the weight of a truck, raising concerns over the development’s safety

Dubai’s Nakheel, the master developer behind the Palm Jumeirah, has insisted that the artificial island is “safe” following the collapse of a section of road.

Local newspaper Gulf News reported on the incident on Tuesday, which saw a heavy weight fall onto its side after part of a road gave way.

“This incident [road collapse] involved a contractor. We are waiting for an incident report from the contractor. However, we would like to assure the public that the area has been made safe,” a statement from Nakheel to the newspaper said.

It added that the area has been cordoned off and traffic is being diverted as repairs take place.

Gulf News said that the incident raised concerns over safety on the manmade island.

“Nobody is saying what the cause of the collapse is, but it could be a structural failure or the damage cause by construction activities. But it raises doubts in the mind of people about safety,” said a civil engineer who lives on the Palm.

Earlier this month Nakheel, the developer hardest hit by Dubai’s property crisis in 2008-2009, signed contracts worth AED174m ($47.3m) for the construction of two new beachfront projects on Palm Jumeirah.

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Posted by: Red Snappa

The other factor , which has never been raised, is the progressive destabilising effect of aftershocks from seismic activity in the area.

If the buildings tremble on Sheikh Zayed Road, the under sea impact is magnified several times, compacted sand shifts and weakens as a result of direct contact with a vibrating sea bed beneath.

Posted by: Telcoguy

Hi RS one of the guys I hang with is actually involved in physical risk assessment. I can tell you that he is a lot of fun.

You are on the right track methinks.

Posted by: Harry Grover

Seems like the reclaimed material was not compacted sufficiently to ensure long term load bearing capability of the soil.
There are always pressures on contractor's to deliver against deadlines that can't be met without rushing & cutting corners.
Similar sinkings also occurred in an Abu Dhabi road to airport & had to be re-stabilised. In fact in many areas where construction of buildings was accelerated poor attention was paid to the pavement subsurfaces. Now they have had to be excavated & re-inforced. Many ambitious projects have not had the quantum of skilled work force required for it.

Posted by: LOL

Funny how after this episode second hand furniture website would have been inundated with Palm properties for sale.

Second hand stuff and overpriced property just don't go together now.


Posted by: HCJ

The state of the road surface on The Palm sums up Dubai. A very thin veneer of glitz with little substance. I remember visiting The Atlantis within its' first year of opening & being amazed to see the huge dipping craters in the paved road surface. How can Nakeel get the quality of their most iconic development so wrong?

Posted by: Ron

The roads on the palm are sinking in places as you can clearly see when you drive on the palm.

Also someone who lives on the palm and is moving out because they ''wake up to find new cracks in the walls every other day''.

There has to be some kind of erosion occurring to have this effect.

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