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200 people found living in single Dubai house

Municipality inspectors find total of 27 houses, each with at least 200 people living inside.

200 people found living in single Dubai house
VILLA CLAMPDOWN: Dubai Municipality has cleared 27 houses in Dubai, each reportedly holding at least 200 people. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes)

About 27 houses in Dubai, each said to have at least 200 people living inside them, have been cleared as part of a campaign by Dubai Municipality, it was reported on Monday.

The evictions in Al Mamzar in Deira are part of an initiative targeting about 78 overcrowded homes scattered across the emirate, Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm reported.

Khalid Sulaitin, head of the environmental emergency office at the Municipality told the paper that the evictions were just the first phase, adding that residents in each house were found living in corridors and courtyards, as well as being squeezed into rooms.

Power and water had been turned off at the houses following warning notices to owners that had not been heeded but Sulaitin said residents had brought in generators to continue to supply power.

He told the paper that Municipality inspectors had been tasked to evict all violators without exception, and were refusing to give any new deadlines to owners.

Sulaitin said that about 15 generators had been confiscated in the Mankhool, Satwa and Jumeirah neighbourhoods.

He told the paper that the internal structures inside the overcrowded homes were public health and safety risks.

He said gas cylinders were being stored in the bedroom, while inspectors also found unsafe electrical wiring.

Eleven people died when a fire ripped through a two-storey villa complex in Dubai, which was housing hundreds of labourers, in August 2008.

The workers, employed in different companies, were asleep in the complex behind the Naif Police Station when the fire started in the early hours.

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Ryan 10 years ago

The solution to this problem is not to evict these poor tenants but to force employers in their contracts to provide some type of liveable accomodation to employees whose monthly salary is below Dh 1500.

abraham varghese 10 years ago

It is very cruel to evict the poor people residing in these crowded villas. instead goverment should make it mandatory for all companies to provide accomodation. Since companies can hire the appartments directly from the owner , the middle man or the real estate mafia can be curtailed

Pradeep 10 years ago

I agree to Ryan's solution. It should be mandatory to provide accomodation for people especially in the low income profile. Otherwise these poor people will have no other option rather than to compromise sharing a living with numerous people.

Muhsin 10 years ago

I agree It should be mandatory to provide accomodation for people especially in the low income.

Lanuk 10 years ago

- Why is it that the same drive of evicting people from overcrowded villas always takes place at the beginning of summer? All 3 years that I have been here this takes place in the beginning of June and things get forgotten by the end of the summer. - As an aside, I recently learnt that a landlord can make more out of a dilapidated property in Deira than from areas in Downtown Burj Dubai!!

Omran AlOwais 10 years ago

The city must provide areas for low income people, with proper public transport + facilities, such as Park/hospital/supermarket. Then they can be asked to move out in the middle of the summer in a highly populated unsafe zone. In this way, I think they will be happy to move, and no need to ask/force them.

Prasad Kudva 10 years ago

With due respect to the Dubai Municipality, i think evicting poor people from crowded accommodations during summer is very inhumane. It is more so when they are evicted without any alternate solution in sight. I request the concerned persons in the highly acclaimed Dubai Municipality to kindly provide these evicted people a livable accommodation immediately.

Svarghese 10 years ago

Over crowded houses and villas with unhealthy and dirty environments are definitely black spots to any society. But before blame them and take actions, we need to find out the root cause. Authorities, please check, can you find any single person who is drawing a decent salary, living in such conditions?. It would be extremely unlikely. Before evicting those poor people, they should be provided with proper accommodations. If those people are legal residents of Dubai, in terms of, having proper employment visas, then definitely we need to help them out. Also, we need to make sure that such people are not into any illegal practices or businesses. It is the duty of the society to help such people, because after all, they are here in this part of the world doing some kind of services to some sections of the country.

SA 10 years ago

Overcrowd housing is no news and a fact. But why eviction during these hot days? Similar eviction notices where circulated for shared villas during last summer.

Paolo C 10 years ago

compliments to the municipality which always finds ways to bring news to the rest of the world. This is once again "great pr" for Dubai.