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Power crackdown starts to target villa violators

Authorities begin action to cut electricity, water at shared Dubai villa accommodation.

Electricity and waters supplies will begin to be cut off across Dubai this week as muncipality chiefs implement the one villa, one family policy.

That's the message from Oman Mohammed Abdul Rahman, the head of the Building Inspection Section at the municipality, who said that his team's inspections had found numerous violators of the regulations.

He said both the tenant and the landlord who refuse to comply with the rule covering shared villas could be fined up to 50,000 dirhams.

The deadline for moving out ran out on Friday and authorities will now begin disconnecting the water and electricity supply to villas housing more than one family without any more notice, UAE daily Khaleej Times reported on Monday.

“Our inspectors have already conducted inspections in different areas and found that there are violations. Now inspections are all over and it is time for action," he told the paper.

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M. Siddique 11 years ago

It is absolute madness!!! We have to see the role played by the media (atleast the printed ones). They are just printing/publishing it as if it is not anybody's business. Except for a whimper of protest in a Gulf News editorial, I have not seen any article in any newspaper condemning this inhumanitarian act. Like pozzo has asked will anybody in right senses even think how a person earning AED 2000 can take an independent accommodation or pay AED 50000 fine. Come on people have some heart and talk some sense

CT 11 years ago

I wonder if the authorities have considered just how many services in the city will be affected by this ruling. Do they realise that companies like Starbucks only give their employees a housing allowance - one large enough only to find them shared rooms? What happens when these people go home because they have nowhere to stay? No more coffee? this rule does not affect labourers as they are provided with accommodation in 'camps'. this affects your service industry people, admin staff, secretaries, etc. Cracking down on overcrowding is one thing. forcing people out onto the street, however, is not acceptable.

Alex 11 years ago

To be able to understand the problem from it roots. People should put themselves on the shoes of this families who wil be left homeless after leaving their shared villas. I believe there is still a better solution and the only way to find it is to view at the problem on a bigger picture. The government has it's own way to implement rules and we should follow but at the end of the day, the end still justify the means

Vishal Athawale 11 years ago

Time for Dubai Govt to think of better solutions. When they can implement this rule & force people out, probably out of the country, why can't they implement the rule or force the employers to give accommodation to the employees. Can they do that ?????.

Reka 11 years ago

Well, the rules of not having a shared facility will drive the working class away from this country , trust me its not fair. This city was build by the blood of the hardworking people and to soon forget and make people homeless is bad karma. As they say what goes around comes around. Many of my freinds are planning to leave this country and i hope many more take the right decision and make the move. Living in UAE is difficult no point whatever you earn you spend and over borrow and live a petty life so trust me its not worth it to give so much to this place and there is no compassion to the people who live here. It's a sad but Dubai government should revisit their regulations with high rents/these rules, also bachelors are not allowed to stay in shared accomodation so where do they live ?

Fasal 11 years ago

Ironically, another policy which is trying to implement without analysing fundamental reason or just closing their eyes on the fact that “why these people are sharing accommodation”. Most of the people do share in the expense of their privacy and security especially families coz it is unaffordable. But instead of cracking that problem authorities are trying to send the families to street even without giving any humanitarian consideration. The nation is going to lose those middle class professionals who worked hard for its development.

Doug 11 years ago

Of course, the great news is that Abu Dhabi has taken a much more pragmatic approach and has said it isn't going to interfere in villas unless there's illegal partitioning. Anyone who doesn't want to go home, let's all go over to Abu Dhabi.

M. Siddique 11 years ago

Though unrelated to the topic on hand... I would like people to respond to these as well: 1. It has been announced that the Starting fare from Sharjah for taxis will start at AED 20 (and a taxi driver told me yesterday that Dubai will also reciprocate). 2. It has been announced that Residency Visa issued in Sharjah will not be renewed unless one produces tenancy contract in the name of Self or Husband or Father. The above are some more examples of rules rules and more rules aimed at causing discomfiture to people without providing any viable alternate solution beforehand. What you say?