Fire victims fret and fume

Victims of Sunday morning’s Tamweel Tower fire who had to check out of their hotel after just two days have voiced concerns over how much compensation they will get from insurance.


Muaz Shabandri

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Published: Wed 21 Nov 2012, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:28 PM

Residents said they had received a letter from the Tamweel Tower Owners’ Association stating that while all tenants were entitled to compensation for alternative accommodation, the amount was capped at between Dh7,500 and Dh12,750, depending on the size of the unit.

Some were caught high and dry when they had to move out of the temporary hotel accommodation on Tuesday and find an alternative place, on the request of Jumeirah Lake Towers’ developer Dubai Multi Commodities Centre.

The fire victims had to pay upfront for their new accommodation, with a one-bedroom furnished apartment costing Dh8,000, and a studio costing Dh7,000. “We have been asked to keep the receipt as we will be compensated by the insurance provider, but what will happen after one month is over?” one asked.

Tamweel has also offered to reimburse food and beverage costs to a maximum of Dh3,500 per unit. But that too comes with a condition — they will be compensated only for the first week after the fire, ending November 24.

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