External vendors and contractors have to pay AED20 per day charge (or AED5,000 per year) to work in Damac Properties buildings
Dubai's Damac Properties will reconsider its recently introduced work permit fee structure for buildings it manages, according to a company spokesperson.
The controversial AED20 per day charge (or AED5,000 per year) was introduced on July 31 last and applied to external vendors and contractors working for cleaning and maintenance companies operating in Damac Properties buildings.
According to Damac, the work permit was implemented to ensure that only service providers who are licensed and registered with local authorities are allowed to enter its managed properties.
The charge drew an angry response from Damac residents, who launched an online petition calling for the developer to drop it completely.
Following feedback from authorities and residents, the developer said it would reconsider the charge and reveal its final decision on August 8 to
"With respect to the work permit fees implemented in Damac/Loams managed property on July 31, 2019, we have listened to the concerns raised by residents and owners," Niall McLoughlin, Damac’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications, told local media.
"After consulting with RERA and home owners, we have decided to reconsider the work permit fee structure, and a final decision will be communicated to all by August 8," he added.