63% oppose beach segregation plan

Proposal to divide up new $28.5mn beach in Abu Dhabi not backed by Arabian Business poll.
63% oppose beach segregation plan
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 09 Jul 2008 11:35 AM

Plans to segregate a new beach in Abu Dhabi have not been supported by people taking part in an Arabian Business poll.

More than 63 percent oppose the proposal with the majority of these (36 percent) saying beach patrols should be introduced instead to monitor behaviour on the beach.

It was reported on Tuesday that Abu Dhabi’s new $28.5 million beach will be divided into two separate areas following complaints from families about groups of single men congregating there.

The beach, which has only been open for a week, will be divided into an area for families and women and another for single males by the end of the week.

But the plan has only won support from 27 percent of people responding to our online poll with just under another 10 percent suggesting the segregation should happen but only during certain hours of the day.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents were adamant that everyone should be able to go where they like when they visit the beach.

Details on how the 2km beach on the Corniche will be separated and the rules enforced are still under discussion.

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