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‘One Villa, One Family’ campaign moves to Abu Hail, Jumeirah-1

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter) / 27 July 2008

DUBAI — Families living in shared villa accommodations in the Jumeirah-1 and Abu Hail areas have been asked to vacate under Dubai Municipality's ongoing 'One Villa-One Family' campaign.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Omar Mohammed Abdul Rahman, head of the Buildings Inspection Section said the municipality was focusing on Jumeirah, Abu Hail, Umm Suquiem and Jaffilia areas.

Since the launch of the campaign in April, almost 2,400 eviction notices have been served to families living in villas in the Rashidiya area, and water and electricity supply to 280 villas have been disconnected.

'Though I have yet to receive a notice, I think it is better to move out. I can get a notice any time. Our villa is a neat and clean one with separate toilets for all. Also, there are no partitions and the six rooms are occupied by six families. But the municipality is not listening to anything,' said Anthony Varghese, an Indian working in an insurance company.

'Right now, I am paying Dh36,000 a year for a room in the villa. I cannot afford to rent a flat in Dubai as a studio accommodation costs nothing less than Dh60,000. Now, I am looking for an accommodation in either Sharjah, or even Ajman, knowing the fact that transportation would be a problem,' said Salahuddin Shaikh, a Bangladeshi national who works in Jebel Ali.

Vishrant Parikh, who works in RAK Bank and lives in a shared villa in Abu Hail, said that he was now contemplating to send his family back home.

'How do I pay such a huge rent? I stay with my family in a clean villa and pay Dh28,000 yearly. I cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment or even a studio. Moreover, I don't have a car and am depending on public transport. Commuting will be difficult for me if I go to places like Sharjah. I plan to send my family back and go in for bed space,' he said.



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