Archive for the ‘construction’ Category


Mashup or What?

October 11, 2013

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

Fujairah streets are under major construction and have been for most of the year. It is much needed, but makes it even more interesting to navigate the town than it was. Fujairah is not laid out in a system of rectangular streets and intersections. It is a web of diagonal streets and roundabouts. So, even when things are normal and not under construction one has to zig zag across town.

cement fence with upside down ionic capitals attached

We came across this last night while negotiating a rather challenging detour. The construction of this villa looks standard except for the upside down ionic capitals that have been tacked onto the fence. I’m curious to see what more this will involve.

close up of upside down ionic capital


Infrastructure Should Come First

October 5, 2013

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

trench dug between buildings

This is the view around our apartment building lately. This is not the first time they have dug a trench along here and torn out the paving bricks and made a mess.

trench across parking lot

This trench goes across the one and only entrance/exit to the underground parking. Now, why this trench can’t be dug 30 feet north where there are no structures, I don’t know. Why these pipes weren’t laid before the buildings were put up, I don’t know.

Here is how building is done. They put up a building first. There are no electrical lines to the construction area. There are no sewer lines laid prior to building. There are often no paved roadways to the construction site either. The building may never get a sewer line. (Sewage goes into tanks in the subbasement and trucks come by to pump out the contents, hopefully on a regular basis. Our building is 21 stories tall with 7 apartments on each of 17 floors and offices on 3 floors – you do the math.) The building may, or may not, get city supplied electricity. Our building is one half city utilities and one half connected to a generator in the basement. The generator is permanently installed.


Déjà Vu

July 15, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

Remember this in Singapore?

three towers with a structure across the top connecting them

This is in Abu Dhabi –

three towers under construction with a connecting structure across the top

Gate Towers at Shams Abu Dhabi on Reem Island


At Your Inconvenience

October 22, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

I really miss American residential laws that require that a tenant be given 24 hour notice before the landlord or any repairmen can enter the apartment. We have been having a long string of disruptions as additional duct work, wiring, etc., related to the air conditioning is done. Apparently, it must all be done in separate phases. Add to this the fact that the workmen just show up at the door and expect to come in and make a mess and break your stuff.

salt and pepper shakers shaped like birds and a salt shaker shaped like a slice of bread

[White Love Bird salt shaker became collateral damage of the last repairmen visit. Now Pepper Bird has taken up with Toast salt shaker who was widowed in our emigration. Toaster didn’t make it onto the ark.]

Never mind that today we were planning on going into Dubai to visit friends and I had a long list of errands I wanted to do. We had no way of knowing how long the workers would be doing whatever it is they were doing today. They finally left at 7:30 pm. We should never have answered the door.


Joys of New Construction

October 17, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

You might think that moving into a brand new building would have advantages. Living in an apartment that no one else has lived in before sounds attractive. However, when you ask if it is “move in ready” and are told “yes” you may find a difference in definitions of “move in ready.” Our apartment was covered in and permeated by dirt.

There’s also the fact that construction may not really be completed. Two floors of our building had to be completely remodeled to suit the business that will be moving in. Also, the air conditioning throughout the building is being revamped, because it turned out to not be up to the challenge. This resulted in:

mound of garbage in the parking garage

The mound of garbage has fluctuated up and down, but has been in our parking garage for weeks. Yesterday, we were shocked to see this:

clean parking garage

Getting in and out of our parking space is much easier now that mound isn’t creeping out in to the drive lane.


Economy of Words

June 22, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

caution sign stating "labour at work"

This is just a little redundant, don’t you think? Labour laboring.

tenants are requested to park their vehicle in the slot that has been numbered according to their apartments, thank you management

It is not uncommon in “English as a second language land” to see signs that are anything but terse. This sign could use a good editor with a red pencil.


Location, Location, Location

September 18, 2010

Posted by Kanga.
If you look at any pictures of the newer buildings of Dubai, you will notice that each is designed to stand out. There are all kinds of shiny bits, curves, twists, and angles. Taller, grander, more striking. The problem is that these buildings are built next to each other. I doubt that when the architecture firm makes the model to show investors or owners what the new building will look like that they include the neighboring buildings, but perhaps they should.

Here’s a prime example of a new building squeezed in to a space where it cannot really be appreciated.

vertically circular building