A cluster of 300 artificial islands off Dubaiâ€˜s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, its developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that â€œThe Worldâ€ was neglected and eroding away. â€œThere is no issue with the stability of The World islands that are approximately 70 percent sold and handed over,â€ a Nakheel spokesman said. â€œThe island purchasers (have) the responsibility to proceed with their developments in due course,â€ he added.
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-stateâ€™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 emirateâ€™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.