Nakheel, developers of The World, has denied that The World islands are sinking.
"Speculative reports suggesting that The World islands are sinking are wholly inaccurate," said a company statement.
"The islands were finished some years ago and there has been no subsidence since. A system known as vibro-compaction was used to increase the load-bearing capacity of the reclaimed land mass," it said.
"This process causes the soil to vibrate vigorously, minimising the tiny air gaps between the sand particles and locking the particle corners and edges together, which in turn lead to very deliberate and calculated compaction and settlement. The load-bearing capacity of The World islands is about twice that of mainland Dubai."
The clarification said: "A suggestion also that some of the islands have slipped and spread into each other is also completely incorrect. The islands at the centre of The World were merged purposely to create land for specific developments.
"We have currently sold around 70 per cent of the islands and development has begun [as reported earlier by Emirates Business] by a number of the owners – further testament to the fact that the islands are as solid as the rock they are built upon," it said.
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