Dubai: It is important to know the rules regarding bachelors’ accommodations in Dubai, a Dubai Municipality official told Gulf News.

As per Dubai Municipality rules, bachelors are not allowed to live in residential areas, he said. “Industrial areas such as Muhaisnah, Al Quoz have been allocated for housing labourers. The rest of the bachelors are not allowed to share apartments in residential areas. They can do that only in commercial areas. For example, in areas like Al Rigga and Muraqqabat, bachelors can share bed spaces. However, there are limits to the number of people per bedroom,” he said.

This is generally calculated as minimum 40 square feet per person in one bedroom. For example, if a room is of 300 square feet, it can accommodate a maximum of seven persons, the offical said.

Property owners will be fined for violations when bachelors are allowed to take up housing units in residential areas and when more bachelors than the permitted number per room are allowed to share rooms in commercial areas. “Such violations are checked by the Public Health and Safety Department of Dubai Municipality. The Building Department of the civic body checks for unauthorised structural changes made to accommodate bachelors in buildings such as illegal partitions, extension of rooms etc. The municipality has special teams conducting inspections late evening hours and during holidays as well. Sometimes inspection campaigns are organised with Dubai Police also, the official said.