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Dubai Monopoly scrapped after developer fallout


Dubai Monopoly scrapped after developer fallout

Issues such as fixed rent and landmark positioning see plans for localised board game shelved

DUBAI: Plans for a local version of the popular game Monopoly have been scrapped after a failure to reach agreement of the positioning of the Emirate’s famous landmarks across the board.

It was hoped that the game would go ahead with the Burj Khalifa owning one of the prestigious dark blue spaces that are reserved for Park Lane and Mayfair on the original. But insistence by its owners earlier this year that, due to its unparalleled size and vision, the tower should take up two spaces has infuriated developers of other prominent constructions.

Asma Attak, spokeswoman for the Trade Centre Roundabout, said that the move, which would relegate the popular road landmark from a light blue square to a less prestigious brown segment, was madness.

“It’s madness,” she told The Pan-Arabia Enquirer.

Also upset are the management of The Greens, who have learned that their upscale residential development would be moved to a yellow space.

“It’s barbaric and we shall have no part in this farce,” they said in a press release.

The team behind Monopoly: Dubai finally announced this morning that they were putting the project on “indefinite hold”.

The final nail in the coffin is believed to be the insistence in the games rules that rent prices remain fixed, a move that many Dubai landlords had complained would set a dangerous precedent.



  1. ebb

    April 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Shocking!! What will become of the Community Chest, or more importantly,”Go to JAIL. Go directly to JAIL. Do not pass Go. Do not collect 2,000,000 dirhams”.

    • oz

      January 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

      or it should be ‘go to jail’ until you have paid your fines/parking tickets/credit card cheque?

    • MS

      January 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Green Community Chest

  2. Justin

    April 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Dubai Monopoly board? I want to know who would control ‘water works’ and ‘electric company’… and what would be put in place of ‘income tax’ and ‘super tax’?

  3. Shoulabob

    April 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Maybe “Chance” will say things like :-
    “Go Directly to RERA”
    “Developer Bankrupt – Go Directly to Dubai Court for eventual compensation”.
    ” Pay SALIK or take another Chance”.

  4. Arsenalist

    September 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Should be a bounced cheque square, go straight to jail.

  5. wazim al dulbuggir

    January 21, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Oh OH! Community Chest (well covered of course) card says, “Rent gone up 50%, go directly to Sharjah”

  6. Teuchter

    January 22, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Using British addresses and calling them the original ones, dearie me.

  7. Chrystal Chipotle

    January 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Poor Asma Attak, I heard the decision to relegate the trade center left her breathless!

  8. Harry Hasbro

    January 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Definition of Monopoly in general – the main results from a monoploy compares price-fixing methods across market structures, analyzes the effect of a certain structure on welfare and vary technological/demand assumptions in order to assess the consequences for an abstract model of society. Dubai in a nutshell!

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