Dubai’s famous man-made islands (“The World”), built to please rich twats of the actual world, are sinking back into the ocean. Bwaaa-haaa! This is the same kind of schadenfreude I get when a sinkhole opens up and swallows a SUV. It’s like Nature is tapping us on the shoulder, reminding us who’s really boss around here.
The islands were intended to be developed with tailor-made hotel complexes and luxury villas, and sold to millionaires. They are off the coast of Dubai and accessible by yacht or motor boat.
Now their sands are eroding and the navigational channels between them are silting up, the British lawyer for a company bringing a case against the state-run developer, Nakheel, has told judges.
“The islands are gradually falling back into the sea,” Richard Wilmot-Smith QC, for Penguin Marine, said. The evidence showed “erosion and deterioration of The World islands”, he added.