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Laundry drying on balconies irks developers

Discovery, Greens residents say people drying their washing in public gives their locality a downmarket look

  • By Nadeem Hanif, Staff reporter
  • Published: 00:00 August 26, 2010
  • XPRESS

shabby look:
  • Image Credit: Xpress /Francois Nel
  • Everything from clothes to towels and even underwear seen hanging out for the world to see at Discovery Gardens

Dubai: Developers in posh areas are being urged to take action against people drying their laundry on balconies and windows.

People in communities like The Greens and Discovery Gardens say these areas are getting a down-market look.

Jessica Bilson, a British apartment owner in Discovery Gardens, said, "I've seen a lot of people hanging their clothes out of windows or in balconies. This just ruins the look of the area and makes it scruffy and unkempt. It just looks like a badly-maintained housing estate," she said.

Amanda Coles, an American tenant there, however, feels people should be allowed to dry their clothes in balconies. "I live in a studio, so there is very little space for me to put the clothes out to dry in my apartment.

"I can't see the logic in punishing people for this," she said.

The Greens

In The Greens residents are warned by developers not to leave their clothes out to dry in balconies. Despite this everything from shirts and trousers to towels and bedsheets can be seen drying in the summer sun outside apartments.

James McDonald, a Canadian from The Greens said: "I live opposite a guy who has his washing out on the balcony. Sometimes it's there for days on end.

"I was told not to put clothes out to dry in the balcony because of fines, but I never saw anyone do any inspections. When you see half a dozen balconies on each building with clothes out drying, it does lower the [look of the] area."

Briton Samantha Evans, who lives in The Greens said, "At the moment a lot of people are just ignoring the rule and no one is doing anything about it. Either Emaar says OK put your clothes out or they catch these people and warn them," she said.

An Emaar Properties spokesperson said, "As part of the master community rules, hanging of laundry outside on clotheslines, balconies, or other apparatus visible to other residents from the street or the ground level of a neighbouring lot or the external common area is not permitted."

However, a Nakheel spokesperson said, "A large portion of buildings at Discovery Gardens are owned by third parties. As the master developer we are working with Trakhees to undertake formal compliance notices and take enforcement action."

Drying of laundry in public is also banned in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 11:17 August 27, 2010

    Why don’t the developers make units with laundry rooms?

    Myself, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 19:32 August 26, 2010

    It is very easy for some to say that laundry should not be dried in the balconies. Can these people tell us where to dry our laundry? If they do not have an answer, then I suggest we should take our laundry to these people’s houses and they can dry our clothes for us.

    C.S., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:00 August 26, 2010

    Have these people never seen a clothes-liner in Carrefour for Dh50? Are they former slum dwellers? Why do they like to make a nice city look like a shanty town?

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:00 August 26, 2010

    The responsibility lies with developers. Laundry facilities should be kept in mind while designing apartments. Majority of our apartments in the UAE do not have any room for installing a dryer. It’s one of the basic necessities and should not be overlooked by developers and architects while designing residences in the UAE.

    Sylvana Puia, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:06 August 26, 2010

    Developers should concentrate on more important things unlike petty issues like these. What about the entry/exit to Discovery Gardens – it’s always a bottleneck, but no one is bothered. Also what has happened to all the swimming pools that have been built but are yet to open? Clothes hanging outside apartments is not a priority ... in fact, developers should get their priorities right.

    Preston, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:05 August 26, 2010

    Rather than punishing residents, developers should be penalised for not providing proper laundry/ drying areas.

    Sameera Hassan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:50 August 26, 2010

    No doubt it’s a bad sight to see clothes hanging out of balconies or windows, but do developers ever consider this problem at the time of designing the properties? Roof-top access is on most occasions blocked. Many apartments don't even have balconies. Where else are people expected to leave their wet clothes for drying?

    Latif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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