An aerial view of 100 villas at Jumeirah, to be demolished for Dubai Marina project. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1998 - One hundred families living on the proposed site of the Dh16 billion Westside Marina are searching for new homes after being given three-and-a-half months’ notice to vacate their houses. Tenants of the 100-villa complex in the Mina Seyahi area, between the Meridien and SAS Radisson hotels, have been served notice that they must leave their properties by December 31, after which the villas will be demolished. Three months’ notice is the minimum required by the Dubai Rent Committee. The delivery of eviction notices has come as a shock to most residents, many of whom have lived in the area for more than a decade and invested many thousands in their homes.

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