By Daniel Shane
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.
Yeah, like taping off the area will help against growing dirt and smell. Nice to know that the weather is getting cooler, meaning musquitos and flies will soon bread there in large numbers if not already.... If Nakheel is the developper and owner of the project, it is Nakheels problem and they have to deal with it. After 4 years it seems that Nakheel still does not know how to clean up their act.
Nakheel are still on the "Learning Curve" at the bottom part.
Nakheel: We built your houses...what more do you want? Quality? Sincere concern for your issues? That will cost more, as it was not part of the original deal...
...nice work Nakheel...nice work
Nakheel is just an embarrassment to Dubai - they need a complete change of management.
A very bad advertisment for Dubai, very bad indeed! How embarrassing!
and I am sure that rent increased by 40%!!!!! no real estate law, and people willing to pay anything.
Welcome to Nakheel....Dubai's premium developer....Our motto is : Once we got your money.....you can go to hell for all we care.....hahaha
"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."
Gives one great confidence in Nakheel now doesn't it???
Nakheel are yet to finish the burst pipe in The gardens from mid july! This is contributing to the already bad traffic.
The project can now be renamed to Al Furjan Lakes.