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Dubai bachelors living in villas targeted by municipality

Municipality will take action in case of any complaints from families

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 May 26, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Archives
  • Bachelors in an overcrowded villa in Deira. The municipality is cracking down on those violating the rules.

Dubai: The municipality has intensified the campaign to monitor the presence of bachelors living in villas within residential neighbourhoods.

“There are currently seven areas that we are focusing on, which have the tendency of housing bachelors illegally living in areas designated for families,” said Engineer Yousuf Abdullah Al Marzouqi, Acting Director of the Buildings Department at Dubai Municipality.

The areas that are known to flaunt the rules are seven, including those in Al Jaffliya, Al Bada’ae in Jumeirah 1, Rashidiya, Abu Hail, Al Wuhaida and Al Twar.

Al Marzouqi pointed out that the civic body has cracked down on many places after carrying out field visits in several residential areas in the emirate of Dubai since the beginning of May, and that if bachelors are found to flout these rules, the electricity and water connections of these buildings will be disconnected within an allocated deadline.

According to a 1999 municipal rule, it is illegal for bachelors to share accommodation in family-friendly non-freehold areas. One of the main problems with sharing accommodation include compromising health and safety standards.

“During our inspections in the last few months, we have found more than 50 men living in one villa, and over 15 in one room sleeping on bunk beds and mattresses on the floor,” said Al Marzouqi.

Urging the public to cooperate with the civic body, Al Marzouqi said that it has been noticed that some owners are still leasing rooms to bachelors in areas allocated for families.

The municipality will take necessary action in case of receiving any complaint from families regarding the presence of bachelors in these areas, he said.

“As per procedure, we immediately issue them a notice to vacate the property within a day and then our inspectors will visit the area the next morning to ensure that they have left. If they fail to do so, the municipality will cut off the electricity and water supply,” he said.

He added that bachelors can stay in all residential buildings in Commercial Business District areas, as well as in residential buildings in designated residential areas such as Al Quoz 4, Al Ghusais 1, Hor Al Anz and Al Muteena, among others. One person must occupy only one room, and no more than three bachelors can stay in a three-bedroom apartment, “otherwise a notice will be given to evacuate”.

According to Al Marzouqi, blue-collar workers can live only in labour camps in Muhaisna, Al Quoz and Jebel Ali, and fines range from Dh1,000 to Dh50,000 depending on the area.

Comments (35)

  1. Added 17:14 May 27, 2013

    The procedure should be well defined ... Authorities should restrict employers to provide accommodation to bachelor employees depending on their job and grade to let their employee a decent life to live, this is noticed in hospitality industry they provide very decent accommodation. I am sure then authority wont find any bachelor on bedspace or sharing rooms with familiy or in family accommodation.

    zaka, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:10 May 27, 2013

    I don't really know about which 2500-3000 salaries ur talking about?.Maximum salaries for labourers in UAE i've seen does not exceed more than 1000-1200/AED.Really feel sorry for these guys when they are working in the scorching conditions.We really don't know their problems because we are sitting in front of our Ac's.

    Amer Wisal Muhammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:35 May 27, 2013


    Ratopiro, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:17 May 27, 2013

    Before criticising we have to look at the problems facing by the bachelors also. The rent is increasing without any reason. But unfortunately the salary is not increasing as per the cost of living. The authorities should have to take initiative to increase the wages and salary of the people those who are working in private sectors. I know so many people from South Asian countries those who are working for AED.800 without any perks or Health Insurance, etc. Then how they can afford AED.2500 per month Single Bedroom Flat? The bachelors will be moved to sepereate suitable place where they will have reasonable rent & convenint transportation facilities. Obvoiusly it is not fair to stay along with the family or near to family flats. And also there should be a minimum wags scale & annual salary increment schedule for the low end workers also. Nobody thinking about them. I am sure that if they get more income their standard of living also become high.

    Anil, Cheruvalloor, Kollakadavu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:01 May 27, 2013

    arrange accommodation for bachelor first ,then do it ,if it is affordable for bachelor every one want to stay with wide space.

    aamir, dubai, Pakistan

  6. Added 15:52 May 27, 2013

    The move of government to remove bachelors away from families is very good. But we need to consider also the spending power of bachelors, how can they afford a decent accommodation if their salaries are very low? The authorities should provide affordable and decent accommodations only for bachelors before they implement this rule.

    Gerald, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:46 May 27, 2013

    This conduct will be in Sharjah also ? next to my Villa there is so many bachelors living. the security level for family that area is very less. area Mysaloon.

    chaminda, SJ, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:18 May 27, 2013

    The definition of Bachelor is taken for a toss. I have been living in Karama area of dubai for the past 10 years as a "Bachelor". Now i share a space in a room, (2 persons) and was presently paying aed.850k+200 for Dewa. Now the flat owner says i need to pay AED.1,500 PER PERSON, or we will be evicted as they are going to let it out for families. I have a house back in India which is very much in square meter as the building i stay over here. I am a white collar employee but this Definition of " Bachelor " is not appropriate.

    Arun Bennis Loftus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:04 May 27, 2013

    Government Should arrange residential city for individual bachelor’s, Like Lot of new towns have been developed for families as residential areas , They should consider 10 % building as bachelors in each town , They Construct some Labor Camp and Gave it to companies and some labor is adjusted , but a large no’s of Executives still need accommodation where they will go , Govt insisting 2 person in one room but in labor camps 10 persons are living in one room. Believe in the presence of separate accommodation, it will work very well and Property Owners can earn more than Families Accommodations. But very sorry no one is serious to think on this important issue, One More Important thing I wish to highlight in the presence of separate bachelor accommodation /Block one will prefer to live in Family Buildings.

    Naveed, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:58 May 27, 2013

    The authorities must look into the reason why Bachelors are forced to stay 10 in each room?no one like to stay like this. why not eliminate the root cause which is rent hike, rent should be reasonable for studios or rooms say not more than 500/- per month.

    SulemanTariq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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