02 February, 2009

No 'one villa, one family' rule!

What a turn-around!

Dubai: There is no "one villa, one family" rule in Dubai and the campaign against overcrowded villas has been misunderstood, a top civil official said on Sunday.

The municipality has started a campaign against overcrowding in villas to ensure the safety and security of residents," clarified Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality.

He said the campaign was targeted against high numbers of people living in villas meant for smaller numbers.


He said the municipality did not have any problem with more than one family living in a villa, provided it was big enough.

"Families sharing a villa have to seek permission from the municipality to know whether a villa is big enough to accommodate a certain number of people," he added.

So, go the RTA way! Register cars for car-pooling/sharing service and do the same with housing.

19 comments:

Dave said...

This campaign was never misunderstood by the people of Dubai Mr Director!!! It is just that you have now done a reversal of your original actions.

Brought about by the fact that villa's are being vacated at a rapid rate of knots I suspect.....

passnhuck said...

I am in awe and just flabbergasted. What a turn around... I really don't know how the officials of the municipality can even say these things with a straight face. They must meet in back rooms and come up with these plans to launch 'policy' and then turn around months later and say "That was never our intent". I can't wait to see what happens next with the Emirates ID. Make the ID required to buy from any fast food place in the UAE. This will reduce the rates of obesity and diabetes quickly.

My other guess is that every print media in the UAE are utterly useless at understanding the press releases of the government. The alternative is that someone is not communicating the original information properly.

Anonymous said...

We are going to see manythings here in the same way!!!!!!
The situations forcing them to rethink!!!!!Great....God is there ....Now he is giving results to all our avocation/action without delay....

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Dubai. There are no permanent rules here only decrees which can come and go at will. Money is the only RULE.

Proud Emirati said...

It is indeed a U-turn but it also says much about the guys who were saying that one villa, one family rule was meant to support occupancy of vacant property.

My suggestion is to state the number of people allowed in proportion to the size of the villa and the number of bedrooms.

Anonymous said...

I would say, that these guys were right from the beginning. If the "campaign against overcrowding" was always misunderstood as 1V1F - why didn't they correct this important matter just after discussion came up instead of waiting months?

My suggestion: Municipality found out that their 1V1F campaign had unwanted side effects, like pepole leaving Dubai instead of moving to International Shitty, and now they had to correct their strategy - even if it meant a u-turn.

Anonymous said...

Who are these people that run this country?

It's like a realy bad, never ending episode of the key-stone cops.

This is exactly why I don't give a damn about their National Card Scheme.

In a month or two I wouldn't be surprised if they said it wasn't necessary.

Anonymous said...

Dubai #1 in misunderstandings . . . Woot!

Dubai's #1!
Dubai's #1!
Dubai's #1!

yay

bwana_daoudi said...

Second place is first place...for losers!

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Guys for God sake don’t you effing understand??????!!!

The ‘one family, one villa’ rule remains,



(only the definition of 'family' has changed a bit.)

Anonymous said...

Patience...

Perhaps there are more such revelations to come!

-FR

Al-Maawali said...

Wait, so are they saying that more than one family can now live under the same roof?
And are they also saying that it is not what the meant to say since the beginning and what they really meant to say was that they didn't want many living under the same roof?

Is it possible that this rule was somehow changed because of the situation with economy and the fact many are now leaving Dubai? (just a thought).

I can't wait to see what's next!

Jay said...

Oh right.. *we* the people are the idiots!

Was the campaign also misunderstood by your municipality personnel who cut off water and electricity to villas and kicked people out?

Lirun said...

its become pretty quiet around here..

unJane said...

Can you say "banana republic"?

unJane said...

Can you say "banana republic"?

Anonymous said...

date (kajur ) republic

Anonymous said...

Well guys, looks like we opened our mouths too soon. Dubai Municipality is NOT allowing more than one family in one villa. I know it for a fact as I approached them to get permission to rent out my '14 BEDROOM VILLA WITH ENSUITE BATHS!!!!' to multiple families and they completely REFUSED!!!!
They say they never made a U or V turn on their 1V1F rule and it is there to stay till another decree is issued!!!I have no idea what I am going to do with my villa now!!

Anonymous said...

beautifully written seabee i dont live in dubai but i own a property in dubai where i have 16 rooms rented out to low income families apparently one of them is a certified dentist one of them is an architiect and so on so forth well my family has owned this location for over 8 years and we get rent from it we have put a nice garden with some swings for the kids e have a very clean villa last year without prior notice they DM came and shut the electric and water by chance i was there to see it happen in front of my eyes it happened in the morning and by night all i could hear were children crying and a couple of fathers crying as well since i was on good terms with everyone they all knew that i could not do anything about it they knew that my family took care of their every need regarding the villa the same night the villa ran ouot of water in the tanks my mother being a good human ordered me to stay there and buy drinking water for the people there as well as emergency lights since it was an emergency haha i tell you the worst thing you can do to a man is leave him without a home just imagine one fine morning someone comes to your door knocking and tells you to get lost well anyways as the second day progressed same situation some people left for their friends or other familes houses to get sleep comeing to the end of the topic 2 families remained there for over 3 months without electricity and water and of course i didnt charge them anything just to clear my point but how could i tell them to go they didnt have money to get a room somewhere else and they were ready to live it out like animals so theie loved ones would not suffer back home in their own coutries. then came the forth month when things died down a little i had to part with 60 thousand aed to DM just to get clearnace so this thing about 50000 aed fine is crap it depends on villa to villa 30 thousand aed i paid which i got reciept for and the rest had no accountability for the biggest jooke was that when i went to dewa to reconnect both electric and water they charged 4300 aed from me to reconnect and when i asked them for a reciept they said for this transaction sir we cannot give you a reciept but your work will be done and these are the cashier guys who sit behind the glass at dewa cashier section after i paid i was sent back to the muncipality guy on the main floor and he just touched his mouse and boom it was done and it was done so fast that from the time i left dewa office to jumeira which is about 15 min drive to the villa there was a car standing their reconnecting my electricity this all happened after spending 60 thousand 3 months of my time and then surprise guess wat 2 months later boom they cut it and here we go again same old crap my father spent his life earnings so he could secure my family with a rental income from this villa he spent 2 million 8 years ago and now it all comes down to DM to start this confusion i charged 2300 aed inclusive of electric and water and people who left my villa told me the day it reopens to contact them well this is my little story with the one villa one family law thought i would leave my two cents in as well

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