Dubai bachelors living in villas targeted by municipality

Municipality will take action in case of any complaints from families

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Bachelors in an overcrowded villa in Deira. The municipality iscracking down on those violating the rules.
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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.

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  • zaka

    May 27, 2013 5:14

    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 hospitalityindustry they provide very decent accommodation. I am sure then authority wont find any bachelor on bedspace or sharing rooms withfamiliy or in family accommodation.

  • Amer Wisal Muhammad

    May 27, 2013 5:10

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

  • Ratopiro

    May 27, 2013 4:35

    WHERE DO WE FIND A ROOM FOR LESS THAN 1000??? IF ANYONE KNOW.. PLEASELET US KNOW. WE WOULD LIKE TO SHIFT THERE AT THE EARLIEST AND LEAVE THEFAMILY DESIGNATED AREA..

  • Anil, Cheruvalloor, Kollakadavu

    May 27, 2013 4:17

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

  • aamir

    May 27, 2013 4:01

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

  • Gerald

    May 27, 2013 3:52

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

  • chaminda

    May 27, 2013 3:46

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

  • Arun Bennis Loftus

    May 27, 2013 2:18

    The definition of Bachelor is taken for atoss. I have been living in Karama area of dubai for the past 10 yearsas 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 saysi need to pay AED.1,500 PER PERSON, or we will be evicted as they aregoing to let it out for families. I have a house back in India which isvery much in square meter as the building i stay over here. I am a whitecollar employee but this Definition of " Bachelor " is not appropriate.

  • Naveed

    May 27, 2013 2:04

    Government Should arrange residential city for individualbachelor’s, Like Lot of new towns have been developed forfamilies as residential areas , They should consider 10 % building asbachelors in each town , They Construct some Labor Camp and Gave it tocompanies and some labor is adjusted , but a large no’s ofExecutives still need accommodation where they will go , Govtinsisting 2 person in one room but in labor camps 10 persons are livingin one room. Believe in the presence of separateaccommodation, it will work very well and Property Owners can earn morethan Families Accommodations. But very sorry no one is serious to thinkon this important issue, One More Important thing I wish to highlightin the presence of separate bachelor accommodation /Block one willprefer to live in Family Buildings.

  • SulemanTariq

    May 27, 2013 1:58

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

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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 hospitalityindustry they provide very decent accommodation. I am sure then authority wont find any bachelor on bedspace or sharing rooms withfamiliy or in family accommodation.

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