24 Jan '11, 6am

Could this be the end of The World in Dubai? / pretty much!

DUBAI - The islands were intended as the ultimate luxury possession, even for Dubai. But The World, the ambitiously-constructed archipelago of islands shaped like the countries of the globe, is sinking back into the sea, according to evidence cited before a property tribunal. Developed with tailor-made hotel complexes and luxury villas, and sold to millionaires, the islands, off the coast of Dubai, are accessible by yacht or motor boat. But now the islands' sands are eroding and the navigation channels between them are silting up, the British lawyer for a company bringing a case against the state-run developer, Nakheel, has told judges. "The islands are gradually falling back into the sea," Queen's Counsel Richard Wilmot-Smith, acting for Penguin Marine, said. The evidence showed "erosion and deterioration of The World islands", he added. With all but one of the islands st...

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