Dubai Properties pledges to ‘spend millions’ on JBR

State-backed developer to invest in beach club, communal areas after resident complaints
Dubai Properties pledges to ‘spend millions’ on JBR
JBR, which spans 36 towers and can accommodate 15,000 people, became a popular expat destination on completion in 2007
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Tue 24 May 2011 09:25 AM

Dubai Properties Group plans to spend “millions of dirhams” in upgrading facilities at the $1.6bn Jumeirah Beach Residence after widespread complaints from tenants of poor maintenance.

Residents in the upscale development said lax security, badly maintained communal areas and dirty swimming pools were contributing to a declining standard of living in the 36-tower project.

Analysts said the poor upkeep of facilities in the emirate’s largest residential development could drag down house prices, making apartments difficult to rent out or sell.

“We are serious about improvement in all of our projects,” Khalid Al Malik, Group CEO of Dubai Properties Group told ABTV at the 4th Arabian Business Forum. [Watch the interview here]

“The beach club is now going to be completely refurbished and open hopefully by the end of the year. We’re also improving the beach area very soon, in addition to the podium.”

The improvement will cost the developer in excess of millions of dirhams, he said.

“The size of the JBR is massive but we are talking about millions of dirhams. The JBR beach club by itself is going to cost a lot of money, [and] in addition to the beach area, the podium [area] and the services associated or are going to be added to the areas…in the residential areas.”

Rows between tenants and developers over maintenance have soared in the wake of Dubai’s real estate crash. In locations such as JBR, Discovery Gardens and Nakheel’s Shoreline apartments, scores of owners have withheld service fees in protest at the poor upkeep of facilities.

Residents in the JBR area told Arabian Business that security “was a joke” and lack of maintenance had left communal areas “crumbling apart with broken steps and paving slabs and fountains that never work”.

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