Dubai: Late night drilling and piling works on the Palm Jumeirah are driving residents up the wall.
According to residents, construction started at the trunk of The Palm last August, and ever since they are having sleepless nights because of the deafening noise all night.
Annoyed residents told XPRESS that complaints to property developer Nakheel and the Dubai Municipality have not yielded results despite government regulations on late night construction.
Zoltan Bodnar, who pays Dh170,000 for his two-bedroom apartment in The Palm, said he can no longer endure the piling and hammering that goes on all night. “I and my wife are so fed up with the noise that we have decided to move out of the place if the authorities don’t do anything about this,” said Bodnar, who works at Dubai Media City.
The Hungarian couple moved in to their Shoreline apartment three years ago.
Headache from the start
According to residents, Nakheel started building new villas on a peninsula between Shoreline buildings 6 and 7 last August. From the very beginning, this caused severe disturbances to the community, and complaints were lodged with both the developer and the Dubai Municipality but to no avail.
“The construction on The Palm Residences is 24/7 ongoing work. Unfortunately NAMI (Nakheel Asset Management Institution) have no control over the construction working hours.
"However the noise issue has been addressed to the project management team who will liaise with the contractor and revert back to us,” read an email sent by Nakheel to one of the complainants.
When XPRESS contacted Nakheel, they said the disturbance is temporary. “We sincerely apologise for the disturbance caused by the current piling work at Palm Residences. We would like to assure nearby residents that this disruption is temporary.”
However, residents including Bodnar said it took several months for Nakheel to even acknowledge their complaint. “I got an email communication from Nakheel after three months that too when I sent several reminders.”
Residents said they want authorities to take action, and halt construction at night.