UAE | Emergencies

Floods hit Gardens, Discovery Gardens in Dubai

Traffic builds up as main road behind Ibn Battuta Mall floods for second time in a month

  • By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 09:12 August 11, 2013

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Water is pumped out of Discovery Gardens on Saturday last night.
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Dubai: "Not again" was the reaction of residents of The Gardens and Discovery Gardens near Jebel Ali on Saturday night as water flooded the main road behind Ibn Battuta Mall for the second time in a month.

A 1.2-metre diameter pipe cracked and burst on the night of July 18, releasing massive amounts of water in the area. The flooding submerged cars, fire due to a short circuit, and huge traffic jams.

On Saturday night, residents reported another flood in the same area on the roundabout on the main road behind Ibn Battuta Mall near the cinema’s entrance. A team from Dubai Municipality was spotted on Saturday night pumping the water out but the cause of the flooding is still unclear at the time of filing this report.

Venus, a Discovery Gardens resident, was on her way home with her family when they saw traffic build-up on the same road at about 10pm. Ankle-deep water caused traffic to move slow, she said.

“Traffic was already building up because of the water so we decided to go through another route. We were worried to get stuck in traffic just like the previous flooding,” the Filipina housewife told Gulf News.

Other residents took to Twitter their experience. User Ahmed ‏‪@ahmedzakut wrote:

‪"@nakheelnews when nakheel will care about the gardens & the discovery gardens..every time we have to drown on their streets & nobody cares.”

User Sunanda ‏‪@tweetsunands said: “Again drain water clogging in ‪#discoverygardens managed to get out but now getting [in] is a task! Why wouldn’t ‪#nakheel sort this once for all?”

By 1am, a Discover Gardens resident who was on her way home said the water had receded but tire tracks and water marks were still visible on the road.

Gulf News contacted Nakheel, the developer of both communities, but no one was immediately available for comment.

Comments (9)

  1. Added 17:05 August 11, 2013

    This flood is routine, at the same place many time water has been found. I think this is sewage issue. Always in a month 2 to 3 times I have found on my way back home at this area.

    Syed Kashif Raza, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:26 August 11, 2013

    It is not connected with Shaikh Zayed Road till date, So enter and exit is very crowded. Street light in between street No 10 and 12 are not working.

    Dhurgham, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:12 August 11, 2013

    Nakheel, Please Please Please open a useable exit/entrance onto Al Khail and open the entrance / exit towards the back of JLT. Why such delays???

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:11 August 11, 2013

    Thank you Gulf News for being on top of this and reporting it fair and ballanced. Despite the joy of this holy festivities, it is heartbreaking to see the fellow residents in Discovery community going through this yet again. I have faith in the authorities to resolve the traffic and infrastructure of these communities as soon as possible.

    Amar Al K., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:16 August 11, 2013

    Nakheel just keeps on increasing the rent at Discovery Gardens / The Gardens..... Very poor drainage facility, poor maintenance, terrible traffic jam, and now high rent.... I will never recommend anyone to select this place to live-in.. but would suggest those who are staying to move to a different location with lesser rent!!! Already tenants started vacating from this disastrous place.....

    Patric, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:07 August 11, 2013

    I am living in Discovery Gardens for past 3 years, My only concern before 6 months was the traffic as the exits are not properly planned. If you try to reach Shaikh Zayed Road after 7.15am you will be in trouble, and will at least take 30-45mins to get out of second traffic signal. There is no alternate exits. And now this flood started. I dont know what happend to Nakheel normally they don't do anything like this ....

    SREENATH, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:01 August 11, 2013

    Living in the Gardens since the last two years, the IBN Battuta Mall roundabout water issue happens once or twice a month, however this is the first time I am seeing this in news, hopefully after media coverage this issue will be permanently fixed for residents -

    Faisal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:15 August 11, 2013

    And at the same time, despite the fact that it is so badly planned, that there is always traffic on the only available exist and that the flooding happened at least three times during the last couple of months, the rents in this place are rising unbelievably fast as people have little affordable housing to live in anymore.

    Eva, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:37 August 11, 2013

    Better services will require more money. More money will be extracted out of INCREASED rents. I am living here since 3 years now. There are two roads only that can be used for entry and exit. The place is not properly planned at all.

    Fahd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates