Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fetid ocean playground in Dubai

Wanna swim in the fancy ocean off Dubai? Along with the toilet paper, raw sewage and chemical waste? I didn't think so.

In a nasty case of the right hand knowing not what the left hand is doing, luxury tourism in Dubai is suffering from an excess of waste.

According to the Times Online:
A stretch of the exclusive Jumeirah Beach — a magnet for Western tourists and home to a string of hotels — has been closed.

“It’s a cesspool. Our tests show too many E. coli to count. It’s like swimming in a toilet,” said Keith Mutch, the manager of the Offshore Sailing Club, which has posted warnings and been forced to cancel regattas.
The cause is too-rapid development that neglected the minor niceties like sewage systems. Now the 6-star hotels and gliterati reputation is fading under a tide of...well...poop. The risks of swimming now include typhoid and hepatitis, if you're foolish enough to brave the stench and visible toilet paper.

I guess there is a reason for those silly rules about sewers and the like.


FoulHooked said...

Oh, gee, and nobody saw this coming? Have rapid increase in wealth, will overdevelop and pollute. Now, lets go build some more ski resorts in the desert.

"Richard Cheney" said...

So I suppose you're going to propose a bunch of "excess government regulations"?

Mark Powell said...

Interesting, I think the market will take care of this problem. The rich hotel owners will begin pushing for investments in infrastructure like sewers, to protect their investments.

FoulHooked said...

...if they can maintain their wealth in a time of crisis where, worldwide, travelers are clutching their purse strings a little tighter already. Dubai's hurting pretty bad, and Abu Dhabi's bailout doesn't seem to be rectifying anything quickly. Their investments may already be down the toilet. With the damage they've done already, would that be such a bad thing?

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Anonymous said...

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