DUBAI A cluster of near by 300 artificial islands off Dubai’s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, the island developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that “The World” was neglected and eroding away.
The islands, many of which represent individual countries and which can only be accessed by boat or helicopter, were meant to be one of the Gulf city-state’s crowning developments.
Builders have announced plans for a few of the islands, but development has yet to begin on most of them.
A company contracted to provide logistics support to the islands filed a claim with a tribunal that handles cases related to the emirate’s troubled Dubai World conglomerate, alleging that third-party developers had not been encouraged to develop the islands, and said they were being hit by erosion.
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