x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 September 2017

Mysterious orange water at Dubai Marina raises concerns

A spokesperson from Dubai’s Municipality said they had not yet identified the cause and a team of officials had been sent to inspect the site on Friday morning.

The waters of Dubai Marina turned orange on Thursday. Courtesy Stewart Clarke
The waters of Dubai Marina turned orange on Thursday. Courtesy Stewart Clarke

DUBAI // The waters of Dubai Marina mysteriously turned orange on Thursday.

Residents were quick to share their concerns on social media suggesting that an oil spill could be responsible for the change in colour.

A spokesperson from Dubai’s Municipality said they had not yet identified the cause and a team of officials had been sent to inspect the site on Friday morning.

“There are some speculations that the spillage can be from a near by construction or from groundwater”, the spokesperson said.

Residents said the water was still strangely coloured on Friday morning.

“I woke up this morning and can still see the discolouration of the water, there was no smell, however, by late afternoon it seems to clear up,” Shereen Hafidh said.

Oher residents were unable to see the orange water indicating said potential spillage was localised to one area of the marina.

“I went to check Marina Walk, it’s a two minute walk from our house, I didn’t notice anything unusual. The spill can possibly be from the other side of the Marina,” Nada Al Tayeb said.

Dubai Marina is one of the city’s luxury waterfront developments with a canal spanning 3.5 km offering access to the sea from both ends.

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