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Lights go out on Nakheel's new $6.5m Dubai park

Palm Jumeirah residents also claim running track may have been measured wrong

Lights go out on Nakheel's new $6.5m Dubai park
A view of Palm Island, Jumeirah, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on May 27, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

Residents on the Palm Jumeirah have complained that al ofl the lights on Nakheel’s new US$6.5m Al Ittihad Park have stopped functioning, just two months after it officially opened.

The 1.1m sqft sustainable, green oasis containing more than 60 varieties of trees and plants indigenous to the UAE, was opened on National Day last year. It also contains several shallow water lakes and kids playing areas.

“There have been no lights workings since Christmas, it is complete darkness, which is a huge problem because kids play there in the evenings,” said one resident.

Another added: “We have asked why and no one is telling us [why the lights aren't working], we don’t know if it’s a cost issue or technical problems.”

Residents spoken to by Arabian Business also claimed that the running track around the park was originally measured wrong.

“When they opened it was marked at 2.6km now it is 2.7km. Many people have been using the track to train for the Dubai Marathon –  people even running the 10km couldn’t understand why their times were originally so slow,” said another resident.

Nakheel did not respond to enquiries from Arabian Business.

The company has been made to write down the value of its real estate assets by US$21.4bn since 2008 and has been forced into a US$16bn debt restructuring plan.

It has also been in a  long-running battle with its customers on the Palm Jumeirah since December 2011, when it banned more than 1,300 residents from using the beaches and gyms at its Shoreline Apartments residences and claimed it was owed US$20m in unpaid service charges.

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James Mason 7 years ago

It's really quite frustrating when these major companies whether in real estate / development or phone companies or service providers etc...get asked important questions by journalists / newspapers. And these are questions which are of interest to litterally 1000s of people if not more. And the company simply does not answer or refuses to answer.

I would like some kind of legislation from the UAE consumer protection service that makes it illegal for these entities to refuse or ignore a request. In fact I'd go so far as to say $10,000.00 per day fine if no official response.

We're not asking these entities to lie or libel themselves, just to tell the truth. Seems like something like this would really be of interest to prospective investors as well as tourists, residents & citizens.

Jalal 7 years ago

Wow, what an interesting article. Its hilarious that the people seem to believe these "dedicated atheletes" were "training" for the Dubai marathon could perceive a 400m difference in their time because Nakheel had its measurement off by 100m for the length of the track in their park! Any that is so serious about their "marathon training" would have a GPS watch and be running on a dedicated training track. Seriously people in Dubai are forgetting how amazing this place is, and how 99% of you would not have all the services, amenities and lifestyle you do in Dubai if you were back home, whether that is in the US, England or Asia!

As for the issue of no lights, I'm sure there is a reason. What the reason is doesnt matter, the reality is running lights all night will cost the owners, and thus the tenants by way of increased service charges and rent. Be careful what you wish for!!

Imran 7 years ago

Jalal thanks for your thought provoking comment.

Red Snappa 7 years ago

Half the parks in the northern hemisphere are not lit at night, saving energy saves the planet as it's conventionally generated not solar, Dubai from the air at night is probably one of the most brightly illuminated cities on earth.

Think green not luxury, whatever you paid for your property!

I assume the running track is still lit, otherwise how could you check your stopwatch times? Also the massed marathon contenders using the facility would inevitably collide if they were unable to see each other, wouldn't they?

Oh well it's back to the council house in the rear end of Roscommon, under 10 centimetres of snow and a repossession order. Could be worse!

Peter Johnstone 7 years ago

This is truly completely unacceptable !! You should all immediately pack up your villas and you Land Cruisers and return to your home countries where the lights on the running tracks and indigenous parks are certainly all still functioning.

Paul Lambert 7 years ago

Using a 2.6 (or 2.7)km track to train for a 42km race is keen. That's a lot of laps.

Next headline 'Palm Jumeirah Park running track disintegrating'

No lights. Buy a head light like so you can see in the dark. Be pro-active not re-active.

Peter G 7 years ago

I think the issue here is not that people's training is affected, rather that - yet again - what was promised by nakheel to home-owners and subsequently tenants, are 2 wildly different things.

Most Shoreline owners were promised this park (along with a canal) some 4 years ago. The canal is scrapped and the park's very expensive lighting system is switched off. Standard Nakheel