'Fee-ling the heat' - Nakheel plunges into another row
Residents of an upmarket development on Palm Jumeirah where the swimming pools have been drained, fear other services could be cut off.
Developer Nakheel said it emptied the pools at Marina Residences because millions of dirhams in service fees are outstanding and it doesn’t have enough money to pay the pool maintenance firm. As a result, the pool presented a health risk and needed to be closed, the developer said in a statement yesterday.
Residents are concerned that other services, such as district cooling, waste collections and gym access, could be cut if the fee dispute is not resolved. One resident said: “There has been talk of a threat of cancelling the district cooling contract by next month.
“I’m not sure if Nakheel can do that but there are people here with families who would really suffer if that happened.”
The resident, who previously lived at the Shoreline Apartments, where Nakheel closed the beaches and play areas in a similar row, added: “I can understand where Nakheel is coming from, but our landlord has paid.
“We are being made to suffer because of others. They shouldn’t punish every person living here.”
In the statement, Nakheel said: “Without receiving service fees, Marina Residences’ service providers cannot be paid for their work.
“Non-payment of service charges by some owners at Marina Residences has led to insufficient funds in the Owners Association account to pay the pool contractor, who has now left the site.”
Nakheel did not say whether more services are at risk but denied putting posters up warning that such action could be taken. “We are in close liaison with the Owners Association to resolve payment and default issues and, together, will pursue defaulters to ensure payments are made on time and to protect their investment,” the statement continued.
“We are confident that the matters can be resolved.
“In addition, we have not posted any official notices threatening to cut other services.”