Dhow left to sink in Dubai Creek

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Dhow left to sink in Dubai Creek

In an unusual sight on Dubai Creek, a large wooden dhow loaded with goods has been left to sink.

By Muaz Shabandri & Sajila Saseendran

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Published: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 9:06 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Apr 2015, 1:28 PM

While it is unclear what caused the incident, there are no signs of bringing the dhow back on shore as it is placed firmly on the water bed.

A small section of the boat remains afloat, including the captain’s deck and a lone exhaust pipe. On closer inspection, the remaining portion of the boat can be seen underwater.

“I heard the ship had started sinking when they were loading rice. I think there was some hole which flooded the vessel with water,” said a driver who brings cargo to other dhows in the area.

Other people in the area confirmed that the vessel started developing problems over the last two weeks and it had slowly sunk over the last 10 days.

An official from the Dubai Municipality said high tide flushed water into the boat when it was being loaded at night. He said it might have happened because the workers loaded the goods on one side of the boat, causing it to tilt.

“It will soon be taken for repairs to Jedaf,” he said, adding that there was no threat of pollution due to the incident.


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