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Old February 24th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #61
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well i think all of these new properties are bad quality, the older homes in Jumeriah are perfectly fine and have no problems
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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:10 PM   #62
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Because jumeriah homes were/are designed/avised on by europeans who know about rain.

the new estates were all designed in arizona and california... where they dont have a clue!
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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:12 PM   #63
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that is not true, i read also in safa and jumeirah problems occured.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 08:48 PM   #64
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Exactly, lots of people had problems with their villas in jumeirah as well.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 10:26 PM   #65
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My windows also leaks but becouse they're in a sort of "canyon", there is no wind so the rain falls vertically.

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Old February 25th, 2006, 03:03 PM   #66
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Exactly, lots of people had problems with their villas in jumeirah as well.
Not nearly as bad or as widespread as roofs collapsing, balconies flooding, and a complete lack of any drainage system!
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Old February 25th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #67
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How about sending some of that water to the desert they call Southern England. We are heading for a serious drought this summer. So far this year we've had 30mm of rain (instead of the usual 80 for Jan and Feb), and below average rainfall for the last 14 consecutive months.

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Old February 25th, 2006, 04:49 PM   #68
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To answer Malec and a few other postees,

1) Dubai doesn't know the word 'drainage'. A few days of rain and the roads disappear - underwater. I remember days driving where you could no longer see the kerbs. You can imagine the standard of most people's driving, and the inevitable conclusions.

2) Building standards are shocking! I lived in two places when I was in Dubai, both beautiful pads and not cheap. First one, newly completed apartments, I was the first tenant, never had an issue with anything. Shame about the second. Nice building, about 2 years old. All of one side of this apartment was floor to ceiling glass, divided into large panes by thick aluminium framing. One night (torrential rain outside), I awoke to a fairly rapid pouring noise which I thought sounded INside, doubted it, but still half asleep got up to investigate. Lights still off. Get out of bed, put my feet on the tiled floor, and my feet get wet! Put the light on, my entire flat was flooded - about 2cm deep!

Took me over 3 hours to mop it out, so much stuff got trashed. Not happy Jan!

Turns out some of the seals had gone - I was watching it all pour in like one long fountain. Needed a shit-load of towels!
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Old February 25th, 2006, 10:28 PM   #69
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the new estates were all designed in arizona and california... where they dont have a clue!
i've never seen any houses leak here, and belive it or not it does rain in arizona, but seriously how can they expect people from all over the world to buy these houses when the quality is this bad?
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Old February 25th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #70
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So what if these new estates borrow designs from Arizona or California etc. etc. In some parts of Texas Percipiation is just as sporadic as some parts of the Mid East, But you won't see Flooding there!!, Its all about the drainage system. There is NONE in the Mid East!!, I'm sorry but if 2 days worth of Rain is flooding streets, then there is next to nothing when it comes to drainage systems.

Just look at Saudi Cities as well, I remember reading reports of Flooding and even deaths at times due to Rain, flooding around underpasses, parking lots etc.

Lets just have solace in the fact that it hardly ever rains in the Mid East, And i guess city planners have not taken Drainage into consideration for that reason only.

Has nothing to do with the planning of HOMES.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 11:26 PM   #71
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It's the same with snow in Southern England; 1cm of the stuff settles and cars are crashing and spinning everywhere. 3-4cm of snow stranded thousands of cars on motorways a few years ago.
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Old February 26th, 2006, 07:05 AM   #72
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i dont think it has anything to do with the design, or the designers,
all these contstructions companies go in a bidding war to win Emaar or Nakheel contracts, and promise crazy ass deadline and delivery dates,
so a few months before the dead line, they just scramble, and start to do half a job just to get the project done and not to incurr any late delivery penalties....

in addition, they use the cheapest of materials, in order to decrease cost and this was they can have a better chance in winning the bid ....

simple, BAD QUALITY HOUSING . i think everyone should know that,

for God's sake, Ibn Battuta Mall was leaking from the ceiling IMAGINE ....
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Old February 26th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #73
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flood at the springs? no!

lol my dad was getting so happy watching the news. hes like i wish allah turns dubai green through all this

and we got barely any rain in socal < the local mountains are snowless < not like i can enjoy it with paralysis but hey. thank allah i'm alive after that hell of a car crash
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Old March 17th, 2006, 08:41 PM   #74
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It is raining AGAIN
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Old March 17th, 2006, 09:59 PM   #75
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yeah i saw it in the forecast on my desktop, it will rain until saturday.

weird.this must be the 10th day where it rains?
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Old March 17th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #76
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man, i should move to Dubai to be a "rain proof buildings" advisor with my Atlantic Canadian experience. I mean we get weeks upon weeks of constant rain and house are still nice and dry LOL
speaking of rainfall, where does Dubai get its driking water? is there lots of ground water in the area? will there be a problem with water with all this fast development?
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Old March 17th, 2006, 10:28 PM   #77
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they mainly use desalination plants.
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Old March 18th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #78
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According to a news report a few days back, Abu Dhabi was expecting a massive shortage of Water and Electricity within the next 10 years because of their developments. I was a little surprised with that because Dubai has 50 times the development goin on for it and i never read a single such article about Dubai (unless i missed it).

Sharjah on the other hand ALWAYS has some kind of water shortage.
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Old March 18th, 2006, 02:24 PM   #79
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sharjah

there were similar articles about dubai though.
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Old March 18th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #80
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One thing that does bother me as mentioned by another poster is the drainage system. Why doesn't the UAE govt give this aspect its due importance? I understand that rains are bare minimal, but one should never underestimate climatic changes especially with global phenomenon such as Global Warming etc getting worse each year.

I suppose costs do go up, but in the end isn't it to the benefit of the people and the country itself? I really feel that they need to rethink the whole situation and make it "problem-proof" for the future.

Any takers on this?
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