Dubai: As the weather gets cooler, things are hotting up at a secluded area in Discovery Gardens.
Of late, an open expanse of land between two buidlings here has turned into a rendezvous for love-birds.
Taking advantage of the nip in the air, several couples flock to the place for their nightly trysts. But residents are not warming up to the idea of their neighbourhood turning into a dating site.
“The other day I bumped into this young couple getting cosy near my building entrance. It was so embarrassing,” said an Indian woman.
A Pakistani living in the vicinity said he routinely sees men and women holding hands and kissing openly. “Recently I saw a couple getting really intimate around midnight. I was coming back from a late night walk and was horrified at the sight that greeted me. There are a lot of single men and women living here. But since most of them have shared accommodation, they find it convenient to meet here as there are no prying eyes around.”
Another Indian tenant in a nearby building said some of her neighbours complained to Nakheel about the lack of security in the building but there was no response. “I am not sure if it’s residents or outsiders who are indulging in these immoral activities, but whoever they are, they must be stopped.”
A Syrian family of four said a lot of teenage boys and girls hang around the place during weekends. “They talk loudly, smoke and cozy up. It’s very annoying.”
Some residents said they are thinking of taking up the issue with Nakheel.
A notice by Owners’ Association Management in one building read: “In the interest of upholding the property value of individual units and enhancing security and safety to the community, we will be installing CCTV monitoring systems and door access control systems in the building. Work will commence from October 30.”
The letter also stated that cameras would be installed in common areas with 24-hour recording.
A Nakheel spokesperson said: “Safety and security is paramount in all our developments, and we continue to provide security and other services at Discovery Gardens despite being owed millions of dirhams in RERA-approved service charges. Such incidents have not been reported to Nakheel. In the event of complaints, we would take the appropriate action. Regarding CCTV, the work is under way in Discovery Gardens buildings and should be completed in the first quarter of 2013.”