Shocking images have emerged of a new flagship development by Dubai property firm Nakheel that has been flooded for more than six months, leading to concerns among residents over health and safety.
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.
However, photos taken by residents show that a large part of one of the site’s communal areas is flooded by putrid water, which they claim has been there for six months. The images, which were taken this weekend, show that Nakheel has taped off the area, but has so far done little else.
Residents told Arabian Business that Nakheel has provided no explanation and ignored repeated requests to fix the problem.
“The sight and smell is disgusting, but no-one seems to be doing anything about it, even though I’ve complained several times,” one resident, who preferred to stay anonymous, told Arabian Business.
“A lot of the people who live here have young children and we’re terrified that our kids are going to get ill, or worse, if they get too close and fall in.”
Another resident added: “I’ve been calling every day since April and they keep saying its someone else's problem. I paid nearly three million dirhams for a brand new villa here, and I can’t even step outside the central area because of this.”
At the time of publication a spokesperson for Nakheel had not responded to emails and phone calls about the flooding.
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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