Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 December 2019

Dubai romantics have started a love lock fence on the Palm Jumeirah

The gesture of couples locking a padlock on fences or bridges dates back over 100 years, and there's already a padlock bridge in Dubai's Khawaneej

The beginnings of a love lock fence on Palm Jumeirah, likely inspired by the Pont des Arts, or Love Lock Bridge, in Paris. Farah Andrews / The National  
The beginnings of a love lock fence on Palm Jumeirah, likely inspired by the Pont des Arts, or Love Lock Bridge, in Paris. Farah Andrews / The National  

The beginnings of a love lock fence have popped up along the promenade of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.

A handful of people seem to have locked it in, so to say, by securing initialed padlocks at the very end of the boardwalk on Palm's West Crescent, overlooking Dubai Marina. The fence is located near the entrance for Dubai's One&Only The Palm.

The beginnings of a love lock fence on Palm Jumeirah, likely inspired by the Pont des Arts, or Love Lock Bridge, in Paris. Farah Andrews / The National 
A handful of padlocks, or love locks, on a fence on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Farah Andrews / The National

The practise of couples placing personalised padlocks, or love locks as they are known, on fences or bridges is thought to have originated on the The Bridge of Love (the Most ljubavi), in central Serbia more than 100 years ago.

The practise has, arguably, been made popular by Paris's Pont des Arts, which tourists have been placing locks on since 2008. It has fast become a highly Instagrammable location.

The trouble is, the bridge wasn't designed with the permanent heavy load in mind: in June 2015, council workmen started removing the locks from the Paris bridge, replacing them with panels painted by a host of artists, including Dubai-based calligrafiti artist, eL Seed.

Locks still appear in locations near the Pont des Arts in Paris, despite removal efforts.

It now takes place the world over, however like Paris, many local authorities see the placing of the padlocks as acts of vandalism, and have them removed.

Love lock bridge in Dubai

Despite the new arrival, there is already a love lock bridge in Dubai. Thousands of locks now hang on the Promise Bridge, at Last Exit D89, Al Khwaneej. This particular bridge was built to safely carry 10,000 locks.

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Updated: November 17, 2019 10:23 AM

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