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Jumeirah Village’s pylons

Jumeirah Village’s pylons

Do the pylons close to the Emirates Road threaten Nakheel’s promise for ‘holistic living’ in Jumeirah Village? You decide.

November 26, 2008 10:46 by

When buying a property, there are factors that every buyer needs to consider: does the property have a sound foundation? Is the neighborhood up and coming? Is the property over-priced?

But when buying a property in Dubai, there are more basic components to consider. Buyers need to check if the development is near a sewage plant, if it’s under a flight path and, more recently, if it’s close to pylons.

Last week, Kipp drove past Jumeirah Village on Emirates Road, a development master planned by Nakheel, and noted a number of the villas built in the area are unnervingly close to pylons. We contacted Nakheel to ask if there are plans to move the cable lines, and the following is a written response from the developer’s spokesperson:

“Jumeirah Village with the cooperation of the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNRP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a study on the environmental impact of the electromagnetic field (EMF) of the overhead cables at Jumeirah Village, which are DEWA power transmission lines. The ICNRP, an International governing body based in the UK which gives advice worldwide, works with companies to help avoid damage to human health as a result of exposure to EMF.

The closest power line to a residential dwelling at Jumeirah Village is 50m away, which is within the regulations that Dubai Municipality has set. The power lines do not run over the residential properties but alongside them ensuring that they always remain at a distance of at least 50m.

The tests that were carried out confirmed that these power lines pose no health risk. Based on the findings of this study, Nakheel can confirm that there are currently no plans to move the pylons.”

Even if we ignored the potential health hazards, living 50 meters away from an enormous pylon, however, is no one’s idea of ‘holistic living’. Not only does is it an eyesore, but it also devalues the price of the property, which is evidenced by the descriptions of properties sold in the development. One townhouse villa advertised on TEN Real Estate describes the location of the property as “good […] not close to power lines.”

The description insinuates that if the property were close to the pylons, then the location wouldn’t be good, right? According to the Jumeirah Village’s official website ( the project “delivers a holistic living experience for its residents in the heart of Dubai’ s most desirable district;” therefore, does Nakheel classify living 50 meters away from a pylon ‘holistic living’?

That brings us to another question: if the pylons don’t pose a danger to anyone, why weren’t they drawn into the artist’s impression of the development?

We can’t answer on behalf of Nakheel, but we have a hunch that the reason why they didn’t include the cable lines in the miniature models and artist’s impression is because buyers are more likely to purchase properties as far away from those pylons as possible. But that’s just a hunch.—DB

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  1. Michael on November 27, 2008 7:21 am

    I once owned a house next to power lines and my families and my health really suffered. We were constantly ill in that house. Living next to power lines= really bad idea.

  2. venkat on November 27, 2008 9:36 pm

    Certianly resisding near electrical hig voltage lines genertae large amount of EMI ,which inturn creates ill health and in ocassional case cause CANCER. it is adisable to stay away from those ares especially residential.

  3. Jon on December 1, 2008 7:36 pm

    I would like to know the magnetic field levels that were measured and what the current capacity of the lines were at the time of the measurements. That way the approximate maximum radiation exposure from the lines on the residents 50 m away can be estimated. Its hard to believe that living that close to power lines is safe without detailed data.

  4. Duncan on December 14, 2008 1:57 pm

    The ICNRP (sic) are actually based in Germany. I wonder if they ever carried out such a test


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