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ROAD HUMPSA herd of straying camels interrupted preliminary infrastructure work on the world biggest theme park in Dubai last week.

The animals wandered onto the £3bn Dubailand project and began to eat tape used to mark out new roads.

At the time, contractors from Al Naboodah Contracting Company were taking samples of sand to be used at road foundation level to measure moisture content and dry density.

'We know they wander around in this area but it is the first time I have seen them on site, ' said designer Halcrow's project manager, Jonathan Le Bihan.

The 12km road is one of the first pieces of infrastructure for the vast 20,000ha desert site. The park will be constructed in a series of 45 main projects over four phases. Developers are currently bidding for plots.

Work to install water and power infrastructure is also under way and more construction contracts will be awarded as developers begin to transform their plots.

The Dubai government expects the first phase of work to be completed in late 2006 and the final phase by 2018.

When it is finished the park will be spilt into six 'worlds' for visitors, including a sports and leisure world, retail world and safari experience.

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