Shock images of flooded new Nakheel development

Residents at flagship Al Furjan complain the site has been flooded by filthy water for six months

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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Posted by: RJJ

Typical of Nakheel, they are the worst developer in Dubai. They simply don't care. I feel pity for the people who are being ignored.

Posted by: Jad Serhal

Well it seems they are fixing the problem by dumping the dirty water in another part of the development causing bugs n smell to spread further ?i couldn?t even sit outside today for 5 min due to smell n mosquito?s ?Also the other major issue that residents are suffering from every day, is the irrigation water that most probably is mixed with sewage water that is making a extremely bad smell every time they turn on the irrigation system and more n more bugs are spreading around! It?s a hazard that risks the spread of diseases all around the community! That without forgetting the smell!

Posted by: Michael Aldendorff

Nakheel is a total embarasment to Dubai Real Estate and should be taken over to protect the Dubai reputation. I would strongly recommend that no one in the right frame of mind ever buy property from Nakheel. As a Discovery Gardens apartement owner I have first hand experience dealing with their pathetic customer service and lack of support. It would be a blessing to see Nakheel go under and get taken over by an organisation that actually knows whatthey are doing!!!

Posted by: shaheen

Emaar is one of the better developers in Dubai I bought an Emaar flat at the Greens in 2004. I found this company fair to deal with.However the warranty given by Emaar for the flat was 1 year. The flat was only 6 months old and my tenant had to call Emaar to fix a problem with the A/C. A few years later I saw workmen constantly repairing the building even repairing the entrance steps. I feel that due to using cheap building materials, lack of proper building regulations and inadequate developers many projects in Dubai are of a poor standard. Once your warranty period is up you are left to pay for repairs and maintenance. Once a project is handed over developers concentrate on the new projects. I am sure there are worse developers in Dubai than Nakheel. The CEO at the helm of Emaar has done a reasonable job developing the company. Perhaps Nakheel could hire Mohamed Al Abbar as a part time consultant. Readers objecting to my comments don't need to direct me to the Airport I left already

Posted by: Thierry Douin

Nakheel has never done anything to address any problem in any of their development! I have been living in Jumeirah Heights for the past 6 months and it is problem after problem and they simply do NOT CARE!! I am actually surprised they get away with this as in normal countries, this would not happen, they would be taken to court if they behaved that way!
The pool at Jumeirah Heights was supposed to open in December last year. Some of our neighbors have been living there over a year and are still waiting. Promises after promises but nothing happen.
It is actually amazing that the CEO of Nakheel has the reputation for not speaking a lot when we he does, the earth moves!.... obviously he is not aware of all these problems...

Posted by: MADHAVAN

It is a health issue too ! The chemical fumes mixed with Sewerage make this place horrible and unhealthy. How come the municipality too close their eyes to carefree Nakheel projects ? This is definitely an eye-sore for Dubai which is aspiring for World Expo !
Sewerage water is freely disposed of under the pretext it is manure by the landscaping company. Because of all these this area is infested by mosquitos also.

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