JBR tenants will pay for beach club, says developer

Dubai Properties Group says long-awaited club will open in 2012, but will not be free

The Walk in JBR. The development became a popular expat destination on completion in 2007

The Walk in JBR. The development became a popular expat destination on completion in 2007

Dubai Properties Group has confirmed that tenants in its $1.6bn Jumeirah Beach Residence development will have to pay for access to the long awaited beach club when it opens next year.

The state-backed developer in August said the beach club, which is located in its former sales building, would be managed by the Meydan Group. At the time it was not clear if tenants would have to pay for access.

“The agreements with Dubai Properties Group residents do not include a commitment to a ‘free beach club access,’” a spokesperson told Arabian Business.  

“We are currently in negotiations with the developer of the beach club [and] once an agreement is reached, we will update you accordingly.”

JBR residents have long complained about delays in the opening of the beach club and gym facilities. In a 2008 letter to homeowners the group said “the development of four privately run beach clubs are well underway”.

Dubai Properties Group in August pledged to spend millions of dollars upgrading facilities at its development after widespread complaints from tenants of poor maintenance.

The group’s CEO, Khalid Al Malik, told Arabian Business on Wednesday that he expected the beach club to be open by next year. New gym facilities and a mosque will also be completed by 2012, he said.

“We intend to move on in terms of investing in that area and adding more value in terms of the requirements of the public. For example, we have given the beach club to Meydan Hospitality… which I am expected to be finished in 2012,” he said.

“We are working on the gymnasiums for the JBR; those are going to come in 2012,” he added. 

The developer said it also planned to revamp the podium area to include a children’s play area and representative offices for government departments such as the RTA and DEWA.

JBR, which spans 36 residential towers able to accommodate 15,000 people, became a popular expatriate destination on its completion in 2007. The project faces 1.7km of beach that features a string of luxury hotels, popular eateries and retail outlets.

But residents in the development have said lax security, badly maintained communal areas and dirty swimming pools are all contributing to a declining standard of living in the 36-tower project.

Analysts said the poor upkeep of facilities in the emirate’s largest residential development could drag down house prices, making apartments difficult to rent out or sell.

“Management and maintenance complaints are common [in JBR],” Jones Lang LaSalle said in May. “Those developments that do not invest now in proper management will face rent deterioration and stagnation in the short to medium term.

“In the long term, once the broader market recovers, these assets will face slower growth and will be outperformed by well maintained and managed assets.”

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Posted by: Jack J

First point, this may sound obvious, but can any JBR owners actually confirm if it states in their contract that a beach club will be provided with free access? To be fair to the developers if you do not have it in the official contract (or any other formal written communication from them), then you do not really have much of an argument.
Second point, would you prefer something for free if it then means that the beach club is overcrowded and poorly maintained? Or would you prefer to pay for the facilities & receive higher quality maintenance & management? (Assuming that this will be the case, as everyone then has the choice whether to pay for the facilities or not, and the club won't last long without paying customers)

Posted by: Jibiar Dude

Hi JJ, I do have official documents (from Estitmar, DPG, IDAMA, Salwan) showing beach clubs, beach park for free, Gym for free, leach vegetation, clean beach, good security, allocated parking space, big number of clean pools with facilities, no smoke and bad smell in my parking areas and AED 9,5/sqf SC's, an HOA in 2008, etc... none of these things materialized except the service charges increase from 9,5 to 21 and then decreased to 15,7. no explanation how they found these figures. google JBR and you will find many articles on the subject.

Posted by: Benoit

Dubai developers and RERA actions and reputation do not incourage investors to put their money in Dubai. JBR is maybe the biggest mistake in Dubai property market. what was supposed to be a dream place became a nightmare for all investors due to dubai properties lack of business ethics. How will any investor trust the property market?

Posted by: Toufik Khan

Some people will always be naive and impetuous and never learn from their mistakes and the mistakes of others.

Posted by: M

Why journalists don't make proper research before they print an article. I guess it is because they wanna make quick money too - like the developers. The beach clubs were never promised to be free to residents. The original JBR plan they used for marketing showed 3 or 4 commercial beach clubs (members only) and 1 large Beach PARK (between Hilton and Sheraton where now the huge parking area is). Knowing that the clubs are becoming commercial, Investors were hoping that this Beach Park will be free for residents. But they never built it - it became worst and they build a massive car park instead, the beach, especially next to the Hilton Hotel is dirty and full of cigarettes and the whole beach area looks like a big under construction zone for years know. We can just hope that one day these developers will realise that not fulfilling promises to investors will not only destroy the reputation of the whole city but penalise everybody.

Posted by: Chris

Interestingly some years ago when I enquired about purchasing a property at the sales office that will become a beach club, I was told that the pools and gyms would be free to residents as would the sales office come future beach club when it was converted. I was informed that the other three locations would all be available for a membership fee for residents and that the beach area would always remain available to residents of the total marina. How things change. Will the beach continue to be available for all residents? I must say, that I am very pleased that I had the foresight not to purchase in JBR.

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