Nakheel impounds children’s toys on Palm Jumeirah

Debt ridden Dubai developer confiscates bicycles, strollers and games

Debt ridden Dubai developer Nakheel has confiscated a large number of children’s toys lying outside apartments on the Palm Jumeriah.

The move – which has shocked residents  - came after the company sent residents a notice on January 9, warning that all personal belongings in common areas had to be removed within 24 hours.

The notice, on Nakheel headed paper, said: “Any belongings such as bikes, bicycles, strollers table, chair, toys, found in the common areas after 24 hours will be considered abandoned and will be removed by the security.”

Residents told Arabian Business they were shocked after several children’s toys – many which were Christmas gifts – were taken.

“I’m staggered, the notice said common areas, and it wasn’t clear that meant the area outside your own door. They didn’t even knock, they just took all my kids toys. I’ve never seen any company behave like this,” said one.

Other residents said the company was refusing to return the toys. “I had to threaten to call the police. They told me I needed a release form just to get my two-year old daughter’s bicycle back. After what happened last year with service charges, this is the last straw, we will move out as soon as possible. The atmosphere is very bad to say the least.”

Nakheel did not respond to enquiries from Arabian Business.

The company has been made to write down the value of its real estate assets by US$21.4bn since 2008 and has been forced into a US$16bn debt restructuring plan.

It has also been in a  long-running battle with its customers on the Palm Jumeirah since December 2011, when it banned more than 1,300 residents from using the beaches and gyms at its Shoreline Apartments residences and claimed it was owed US$20m in unpaid service charges.

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Posted by: dom

Its just another way in which they harass us tenants. i dont have kids or stuff outside my flat but in general, Nakheel think of us as the enemy. changing access rights monthly, - go get this card, bring this and that, then a month later do it all again.

next, lets half the size of the beach and stick another 700 houses on it. ok, now lets open a 24x7 fast food joint.

really horrible small minded lot ? with little to no property management skills

most tenants pray for the day they go bust and Emaar take over. living on the palm is a major hassle.

Posted by: AAYYAD

I'm surprised to see all the comments supporting this 'confiscation'.
I guess most of the supporters don't have kids so they don't understand that there is sometimes a necessity to use a common area or stairwell to store a bike or a scooter, or they're too uptight and have nothing better to do than worry about a child's toy blocking a few inches of their path.
I think the 'clutter', which is not rubbish, gives a homely feeling and is typical for a residential area - otherwise save us and yourselves from the whining and move to a hotel. It's the developer's problem because they never made any bike sheds available.
Securing an emergency exit? I think everyone can dodge a scooter or a bike when fleeing the building - might even use it to gain some speed.
This is pure theft.

Posted by: AngryExpat

@Ayyad...when exactly is there a "necessity" to leave your belongings in the hallway? I have two kids, and have never felt the urgent need to abuse common areas by leaving my personal possessions in them. Your mentality typifies what is wrong with most of the apartment buildings in Dubai, and I, for one, am thrilled that Nakheel is finally making an effort to improve the quality of the building by addressing and remedying the actions of selfish neighbors like yourself.

And, Nakheel gave plenty of warning and published rules, which people voluntarily chose to violate. As a result, this is in no way theft.

Posted by: Glen

Firstly your headline is incorrect, is it designed to put Nakheel in a bad light for acting in the safety and interest of their tenants?

The headline should read "Nakheel removes hazardous clutter left by undisciplined children"

Well done Nakheel, if tenants do not respect one another and show it in such a "couldn't care less about you neighbor actions" then it is about time that they did something to bring order to their properties.

Nakheel would do well to get their security to check who is hanging washing over balconies giving the area a slum dwellers look.

Graffiti is another area that Nakheel needs to act on where the artists even give their apartment numbers.

Howling dogs left alone when their owners go out or to work are another area that should be dealt with with the full force of the tenancy contract. Pet owners know full well that they are not allowed yet continue to flout the tenancy agreement.

Posted by: SA1

Shocked at reaction of Palm Tenants...what type of people are residing on Palm.

Then, there will be who would complain if not allowed "to dry my laundry in common area..."

Posted by: Mohamed

Our Owners Association did that in our building 3 years ago. What took Nakheel so long? Corridors are common areas which serve as means of egress in case of fire. Cluttering these areas with toys, shoes, or any personal belongings could put lives at risk when people are running away. Those who attemt to use common areas as an extension to their unit should only blame themselves for the confiscation of their personal properties.

Posted by: Simon

Totally agree. It shows a lack of consideration for others to leave the hall way 'cluttered' with personal effects. Your personal space starts on the otherside of your Unit door...not the outside area of the Hall.

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