Dubai: Rat traps have been installed along one of Dubai's most popular and exclusive locales to deal with the rodent menace.
Over a hundred of them can be seen all along the bottom of buildings and side roads on The Walk at the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The traps were installed five months ago.
Vermin and pests have been a problem for residents, with some even going online to vent their frustration. Shahid Hussain, who lives on the 38th floor of the Bahar 4 tower, said he had not seen any rats because his flat was high up. "It's more of a problem for people on lower floors," he said. Miss Jayjay, a member of the JBR Community online forum, said rats have been seen running around on the ground-level car park at Rimal Building.
Fadi Anas, Assistant Showroom Manager, Singways Furniture, The Walk, said: "I saw the workers when they put the traps around five months ago, but I haven't seen them checking."
Jacob Livio, Assistant Manager of Zara Home, said he had seen one seven-inch-long rat trying to get into the store about a month ago. "I've seen the traps near the Union Metro station. Once I had seen a guy opening a trap and immediately a rat jumped out."
Kevin Shoaito, owner of Duo restaurant, said: "We have a contract with a pest control company and have regular checks. I've seen the traps like everyone else, but I haven't seen any rats here."
No one was available for comment from Dubai Municipality or Dubai Properties, JBR developers, when contacted by XPRESS.