Shoreline owners rope in police in Nakheel spat

Residents call in police after building lockout to file complaint against developer

Shoreline is based on Palm Jumeirah, Nakheel's flagship development

Shoreline is based on Palm Jumeirah, Nakheel's flagship development

Residents of Nakheel’s luxury Shoreline development made a formal complaint against the developer after it locked the back doors of buildings as the row over beach club access escalated.

The Dubai-based developer, currently locked in a bitter dispute with residents over beach club access, locked the back doors to ten apartment buildings that open onto the pool and beach on Dec 15 as it moved to ban access to residents with outstanding service fees.

Residents claimed the move was not only illegal but also posed a health and safety hazard.

“They have locked buildings to doors they don’t own and the problem we have with that is two-fold. Firstly, it’s a health and safety issue; the front doors are electric and if there is a fault or a fire with the electrics those doors will stay shut and [secondly] it's common property,” one resident told Arabian Business.

Nakheel declined to comment when contacted by Arabian Business.

Several residents filed complaints with the police, he added.

“Residents called the police to get them unlocked and they said individuals had to take this up and file a complaint, which some did. We just need to supply the police with proof of ownership, which sits with the strata law and says this is what common property is,” he said.

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

Last month, 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.

The news comes days after Nakheel unveiled details of a retail and residential project on Palm Jumeirah, its first real estate project since the collapse of Dubai’s property market in late-2008.

[Click here for images of the planned development]

The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah will include shops, computer-controlled fountains, a marina and a public walk on the tip of the palm-shaped island, Nakheel said.

The developer is in talks with banks to raise at least AED300m ($82m) for the project, which will be operated by the company when it’s completed.

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Posted by: Sal

Every single project in Dubai has health and safety issues not tackled by either civil defence or Dubai Municipality. Take JBR for example. Restaurants toxic smokes and flammable oil are all over the parking area. The places used for restaurants do not comply with civil defence minimum requirements but they still have kitchens that one day will be a hazard to the buildings and residents safety. Some restaurants use the building ventilation system as exhaust with the danger that it will represent when the pipes will be filled with grease (never cleaned) and imagine if the pipes catch fire. This situation was reported by several HOA's to the self appointed manager company by the developer without any reaction from their side. It was reported to Dubai Municipality and Civil defence and the answer was that they cannot interfere in the developer business because it is a free hold place. However Dubai Municipality does make all free hold places pay housing fees.

Posted by: Dima

There are more outrageous safety issues Nakhell does not care at all! What about the electric wires right on the ground in the kids' sand play area (Shoreline Building # 8) or a broken light behind this area with OPEN wires outside?? These have been reported months ago before the rain season, they are still there!

Posted by: RH Germany

This kind of behavior is a clear example of never buying property in Dubai for expats or investors. What a mess! This would never happen in Europe or the US. Buyer beware!!

Posted by: gordon

if you are in a hole, then stop digging. Best strategy would be to negotiate an exit from the shoreline, give it to someone else, save some face then restart on the reputation building.

Posted by: The Guitar Man

How come civil defence has not been involved. Maybe i am incorrect with the following but: The access doors to the beach at the shoreline properties must form part of the building evacuation plans and must have been submitted to civil defence when getting all necessary building approvals prior to construction? At present all doors are locked prior to 6am and opened only certain doors are opened when the security turn up for work. Who becomes responsible for the safety of the residents if there is a fire?

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