'Adequate housing a legitimate right'

DUBAI — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, paid yesterday a visit to Dubai Municipality to inspect urban development plans in the emirate as part of his regular inspection tour to follow up on performance of federal and local utilities.

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Published: Sun 16 Apr 2006, 10:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:51 PM

Shaikh Mohammed was briefed by Dubai Municipality's Acting Director-General Hussein Nasser Lotah about plans on residential projects in different parts of the emirate. Shaikh Mohammed reviewed maps, designs and models of housing projects for nationals in Rashidiya who constituted 37 per cent of the 24,000 population of the area.

Lotah explained to Shaikh Mohammed progress on other housing projects being executed by the municipality in the emirate.

Shaikh Mohammed then proceeded to the Rashidiya area where he inspected houses on the ground. He ordered the municipality to conduct a detailed survey on all houses in the area in order maintain them and rebuild the dilapidated ones.

He underlined that decent, adequate housing should be secured for every national whether in Rashidiya or other places, adding that a civilisational and healthy house is a legitimate right of every national so as to live decently and in a comfortable social and psychological stability in order to dedicate himself to bringing up and educating his children.

Shaikh Mohammed urged the inhabitants of Rashidiya and other areas to live in their houses and preserve their privacy, speciality and traditions they were raised in and not to leave them under any circumstances.

He assured them that he had instructed the authorities concerned especially Dubai Municipality to expedite efforts to find drastic, acceptable solutions to the old houses and replace them with ones that match the civilisational progress of ''our country'' and provide decent source of living to their inhabitants.

Lotah announced that a technical report on condition of Rashidiya houses would be prepared soon and raised to Shaikh Mohammed for action.

Shaikh Mohammed, he added, viewed designs for over 400 houses in Aud Mattina, 259 in Hatta, 25 in Hebab, 21 in Lesseli and 144 in Quos. He also had a look at maps for housing plots to be distributed to nationals in future in Al Aweir and near the Emirates Road. He approved the plans and gave constructive directives on them.

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