Share and share alike...
The Dubai Municipality crackdown on sharing accommodation is set to start, sparking widespread alarm and panic in many of the various communities that make up Dubai. And I can't quite make out why.
The initiative has been pretty clearly outlined: Dubai Municipality has long made it plain that it takes a dim view of sub-partitioning rented property. Presumably in response to a recent spate of tragic fire incidents, it has been publicising a crackdown and clearly wants to stop people partitioning villas and apartments in order to sub-let or share with other families/people. So if you've got a three bed villa with six living spaces created in it, then they're going to vacate the premises and issue fines.
It's not about sharing accommodation in the normal sense, where for instance four people share a four-bed villa. That's pretty clear from reporting, including this Gulf News report today.
"The rule does not apply to one person-per-room accommodation, as per building regulations"
A lot of people have been really spooked by the rumour mill going into warp drive on this one. It seems pretty clear that they're worrying needlessly. Unless you know something that I don't...
PS: It could be that a lot of the confusion has been caused by some pretty woeful communications work from DM. SeaBee makes some good comments here!