Nakheel invites Emaar chief to collaborate on The World

Nakheel CEO says Mohamed Alabbar should come forward with floating bridge plan

The new boss of Nakheel has asked the chairman of rival developer Emaar to come forward with his proposal to build a floating bridge that could revitalise the troubled manmade islands development, The World.

“If he has a proposal of building a bridge, probably he should come and we will see how we can do it,” Nakheel CEO Sanjay Manchanda said during a CEO Clubs UAE luncheon.

During an interview published in Arabian Business last week, Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar suggested building a floating bridge between Dubai and The World to help rescue the project.

“Somebody has to put it back to life. I would probably build a bridge straight into it now – a floating bridge,” Alabbar said.

“You need a bridge to at least one of the islands and from there people can go to all the different islands. You need to bring life to it.

“I like the project. I would have probably done it [given the opportunity] and probably changed a few things. Otherwise I really like the project.”

Asked whether he would consider developing such a project, Alabbar said: “It’s not my business, not my project, but if somebody asks me I would be happy to suggest it. But it’s a fabulous development. I like it.”

Development of The World has stalled in the wake of the global financial crisis, with all but one of the island owners completing construction.

Owners have told Arabian Business they have been unable to develop the islands due to a lack of vital infrastructure promised by Nakheel.

Nakheel has previously said that building work is the responsibility of the owners.

Manchanda said he accepted Alabbar’s comments as a compliment.

“I think he is probably advocating that we are doing things right, he likes the project. He’s complimenting Nakheel.”

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Posted by: Donovan

Nakheel get your strategy people to figure out a way to get Palm jebel Ali moving, the land values are much higher than 2005-2006 when you launched it, build the homes people have already paid for and mortgaged and make your profits on the surrounding fronds and vacant land.

Posted by: Cup - Half Full

pipe dreams, white elephants, this is one of many failed projects in DO - Buy .one dream too far .

Posted by: David Johnson

They should collaborate on Palm Jebel Ali instead because it's too big for one firm - the island is already finished, it's twice the size of Palm Jumeirah, it's connected to the mainland at 3 points trunk and each crescent end, the new Maktoum Int airport is already there - it has tremendous potential already proven from success of Palm Jumeirah - it's also closer to Abu Dhabi so its perfectly located - even if there's not much around the area for now - it is the future. Transport links to the World were never well thought out and that is the problem with it.

Posted by: Rafi

The need of the hour is for Alabbar to accept the invitation and come to Nakheel; not to suggest but to replace Sanjay and other heads and bring back some semblance of corporate culture and accountability.

Posted by: Red Snappa

Nakheel have to build a hotel resort on at least one of the World's islands with their own money, or money provided by the Dubai government, as the developer is now a fully fledged GRI, as a focal point for the whole project. This means maybe like the Isle of Wight in the UK, it provides a hovercraft service, while a causeway/floating bridge is being built to this central point. Something needs to carry services, unless its solar powered, as in another of the islands dedicated to a solar power farm, another for wind turbines, sewage & domestic waste process on a 3rd, natural composting project?

If it were to be a floating bridge mainland connection, it would become the longest in the world. Evergreen Point FB (520 Bridge) on Lake Washington, Seattle to Medina, in US is currently being rebuilt to 2.35 kms. According to the online publicity The World is 4 kms offshore. Although are floating bridges fully storm proof?

The World sure needs a developer built attraction to make it work.

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