Nakheel's Palm Shoreline row 'sorted', says Rera boss

Marwan bin Ghalita says approval not needed from Nakheel

The ongoing dispute between residents on the Palm Jumeirah Shoreline and its developer Nakheel over plans to introduce annual membership fees for its beach clubs has been resolved, the head of RERA has told Arabian Business.

Dubai’s real estate watchdog has approved five homeowners associations on the luxury development, allowing them to appoint their own manager for the communal areas, residents said.

“It’s already solved; this is what they have told me. The owners'  association itself, they are dealing with Nakheel now,” Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of RERA, said.

Residents said they expect all homeowners associations to be RERA-approved in the next two weeks. 

“We’re hoping that we’ll actually have all 13 registered by the end of the month,” one resident said.

“It’s a totally different ball game now because we are now individual legal entities….We don’t need the authority from Nakheel [to appoint a beach club manager]; we are legally entitled to now appoint our own association manager,” he added.

Nakheel declined to comment when contacted by Arabian Business.

RERA's comments mark the end of a long-running battle between Shoreline residents and state-backed Nakheel. The developer in December distributed leaflets to the Palm Jumeirah residents warning it planned to charge residents up to AED5,000 ($1,360) to access the beach, pools and gyms.

In the interim, the developer banned residents with outstanding service fees from using the beach, pools and gyms by rolling out a temporary security card system.

Nakheel said the lockout would be extended to Shoreline’s main buildings and car parks from Jan 15 - effectively barring residents from accessing their homes - but homeowners said the deadline had passed without incident.

The company has said the lockout is in response to the high number of homeowners defaulting on service charges. Homeowners on Shoreline have AED57m outstanding in service fees, down from AED72m at the start of Dec, Nakheel said on Jan 3.

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Posted by: Raimund

Sorry to say, but damage has been done. Many of westerners moved out or will move soon out of the Palm. Major perception between British people - "The Palm is so Yesterday"!

Posted by: Marco

can rera pls look into dubai lagoon project its been 6 years !!

Posted by: ssdubai

Nakheel, in direct conflict with spa contracts, claim the common areas belong to them and not the owners. So this issue has not been solved until Nakheel give up their incorrect stance.

Posted by: Keith Miller

As an Owner on the shoreline I think the most important issues are; all non residents/owners pay to be on a private beach and how many allowed is controlled to a degree that does not effect the luxury facilities to the residents/owners. HOA must come up with the correct amount of fees to pay yearly taking everything into account including sinking fund for the long term future of the shoreline. We need someone like David Smith from Nakheel to front our team and make the shoreline a place where owners and residents share a luxury location with 1st class facilities and that wont happen as long as residents/owners can invite 4/5 friends onto the beach, this must stop, it is a private beach and although maybe some free passes for immediate families visiting loved ones annually could be allowed it would have to be closely monitored. A combination of owners fees plus a private membership for invited memebers controlled so numbers provide imcome allowing it to remain a luxury facility.

Posted by: JayBee

Most people will have times when they would like to invite guests to their home. The issue about guests was an easy one to resolve. By allowing a restricted amount of free passes for each tennant, to be signed in by the tennant themselves, would have prevented large groups wandering in from outside. The current situation is ridiculous! I was prevented from walking along the beachside pathway to the restaurant in the next building, because our 2 friends did not have beach passes. It was dark and we didn't even want to step on the sand! We had to turn around and go roadside through the carpark!! We don't all want to use the third rate facillites currently on offer (broken sun longers, freezing pool etc) but it would be nice to have a walk along the beach for 5 mins with friends. Nakheel's petty squabbling, appalling maintenance and indifference to customers made our lives a misery for the last 6 months - I am very relieved to be leaving here by the end of the month.

Posted by: Owner of Shoreline apt

To Kelly P

You are very wrong,this is a private beach belong to Shoreline residents and the maintenance is paid by Shoreline Owners and not by your friends .The beach is exclusive property to Shoreline owners and like your home and surely you would not want 4/5 friends of mine getting into your home!! OR would you?

It is definitely any body else, apart from the owners and their immediate family Or long term tenants,must pay a fee towards using any part owned by the Shoreline apts owners.

Posted by: Kelly P

Keith, that's ridiculous. Its a beach! so what if residents/owners want to bring 4/5 friends... its a beach... there's space! Buy yourself a tropical island if you want a beach to yourself. I mean seriously, they are hardly throwing a beach party on your turf.

Posted by: Owner of Shoreline Apt

I donot agree with you in recommending David Smith.I had raised few concerns about the service charges and other issues relating to our Shoreline and he never replied to any!!

We need anew fresh blood rather than recommending the old guards.I would like to hear one positive thing that he did for shoreline owners before I agree with you.

Posted by: Sarah

Good news and thanks for all that persisted to fight this . But when can we now walk on our own home ground? . Its not for tenants who pay on time and have lived on the Palm a long time to suddenly be Nakheel's debt collectors.
Whilst we feel for the large debt , the services have been in decline for many years now and the common areas are now very dirty. It does seem a very short-sighted approach , as the reality if they persisted would be that many would move off - as it is the restaurants / gym training have all lost out . One cannot help but wonder whether the expense of implementation v gain was really worth it . Why did Nakheel simply not focus money on chasing these debts first before upsetting the community that its mission statements claim to build ... Very community spirited !

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