Nakheel to sell off Dubai Waterfront tower cranes

Dubai developer advertises 13 'new and unused' tower cranes for sale

A rendering of the proposed Waterfront, dominated by the 'Death Star' by Rem Koolhaas. Developer Nakheel is selling off 13 tower cranes intended for t
A rendering of the proposed Waterfront, dominated by the 'Death Star' by Rem Koolhaas. Developer Nakheel is selling off 13 tower cranes intended for t

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Nakheel, developer of Palm Jumeirah and The World in Dubai, is selling unused construction cranes intended for the Dubai Waterfront development, once billed as the largest waterfront project in the world.

The developer has placed an advertisement in a newspaper offering 13 "new and unused" tower cranes. "Some of the tower cranes are partially erected and remain stocked in unopened boxes as delivered by the manufacturer," the ad reads.

None of them are operational at present, it stipulates. The cranes, which could cost about $272,000 each, will be sold by sealed bid, which must be in by 8 January.

The Waterfront was an ambitious project designed to create a new city on the road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, west of Palm Jebel Ali.

The project was built around canals and man-made islands. It would have been twice the size of Hong Kong and house 1.5 million people, according to Nakheel.

The masterplan for Waterfront City, designed by Rem Koolhaas, called for a dense grid of skyscrapers covering 139 million-square-metres, including marinas, shaded parks and modern transportations systems.

The centrepiece was a 44-storey structure on one corner dubbed the Death Star due to its orb-like shape.

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