Thursday, May 10, 2007

Beach development seems not to have stopped...

...but surely they can't be ignoring Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid's order?

If you go here you'll find my earlier postings with the story from the time a construction fence suddenly started being built to close off the beach next to Burj Al Arab, through the press announcement of the development, on to Sheikh Mohammed's order for it to be cancelled, then on the mysterious and continuing offshore work.

You can find some good photographs of the work boats on NZM's blog posting on the story at M&J Adventures.

Yesterday I saw that a small island had appeared where the dredger has been working, today I took my camera and here it is. I'm standing on the wall of Umm Suqeim Fishing Port, which is about 700 metres from Burj Al Arab:

That wasn't there three days ago. The barges and dredger are working non-stop, so I assume much more new land is going to be appearing very soon.

Over at the Skyscrapercity thread on this development there's this render of a development on this site:

I'm not sure whether this is a vague general idea or a serious proposal, because it has not only the offshore marina section but comes in across the beach and back beyond it - and that's getting into the area where there are villas and Umm Suqeim Park.

Back to the offshore work - the question has to be, what is going on?

It can't be the development announced by Zabeel Investments, surely, because Sheikh Mohammed stopped that. There are rumours that it's a development at the fishing port and that would make sense because that's where this first island has appeared.

Wouldn't it be nice to know for sure.

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