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How many people can stay in a villa?

How many people can stay in a villa?

Not exactly sure? That’s because the Dubai Municipality has just announced that there is no “one villa, one family” rule.

February 2, 2009 4:29 by

Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director general of the Dubai Municipality has just clarified that there is actually no rule dictating that only one family can stay in a villa, and that the municipality’s campaign was misunderstood.

“The municipality has started a campaign against overcrowding in villas to ensure the safety and security of residents,” he told Gulf News, adding that more than one family can stay in a villa.

But neither tenants nor landlords can decide on the number of people a villa can accommodate. “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 said.

So what about those people who were evicted from villas? Will they get compensation for this new change of thought from the municipality? We guess not.

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  1. long standing resident on February 2, 2009 5:13 pm

    In principle, what the Municipality did by evicting tenants from over crowded accommodation was right, from a health and safety point of view. Everyone must agree that 20 people in a villa / apartment designed for a maximum of six is unsafe / unhygienic and some of those in Satwa were so old, it would be so easy to overload the electrics.

    The only failing was the Municipality appear not to have thought through the consequences of not first providing suitable alternative accommodation for those displaced before evicting the poor souls.

  2. Garib Sheikh on February 2, 2009 7:00 pm

    When a city becomes shameless there is no limit what it can do or undo. One can only hope and pray to God to show the right directions to the decision makers.

  3. C Xavier on February 2, 2009 9:48 pm

    Finally, the Dubai government is backing off and stepping down from the pedestal it perched itself on during the boom years.

    With the drop or no income from Real Estate, Tourism, Financial Services and Trade coupled with eroding asset value; assets bought at the top of the cycle. Then, with Dubai Immigration canceling over 2000 resident permits a day, what other choice do they have?

    The sun has set on this Empire

  4. Lianne on February 3, 2009 7:51 am

    one family, one villa. that was the rule. and they defined family as only mom, dad and kids. brothers and sisters, not allowed; cousins, not allowed. how can that be “misunderstood”?

    in all this time, every time we complain about policies, we hear the ‘if you don’t like our policies, then leave this country” retort.

    what is certainly clear is that the municipality does not thoroughly look into its policies before implementing them.

  5. Changed Tune on February 3, 2009 3:22 pm

    Obviously, revenues & business has slumped. People have gone back. Costs are still relatively high compared to pre-2005 days. The definition of one family was very clearly made & enforced as well in Satwa as i have seen it happen b4 my eyes.

    But what goes around, comes around. Pride goes b4 a fall.

  6. andy on February 19, 2009 3:40 pm

    my question is.. if a family of lets say 10 members lives in a villa and the quota for the villa is 10 people, will municipality kick them out if the family id blessed with another child???

    Its all a bit vague isn’t it, will Emirati families be evicted if they grow too large, or is there a clause that means they are exempt from this rule…

    Once again lots of silly ideas pushed into the public sphere with little or no study or consultation or feasability study.. way to go Dubai decision makers, really starting to make Dubai look more like a mickey mouse state every day


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