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Old February 13th, 2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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EMIRATES HILLS TO GET TWO SIX-LANE MOTORWAYS

I think this proves how much of a joke real estate and the laws here are. At the end of the day its all about the money and nothing else, this will be the main reason why the bubble will burst.

http://www.7days.ae/local-news/no-stopping-roads.html
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Residents of the Emirates Hills area reacted with anger last night at plans to build two six-lane highways through the luxury developments.

Plans for the scheme show two roads with three lanes and a slip road in each direction running right through the area, consisting of some of the first freehold projects to be completed in Dubai. It will also feature a flyover directly outside the Meadows

The man in charge of Dubai’s roads said last night that nothing will stop plans to build two six-lane highways through the Emirates Hills developments.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of Dubai’s Road and Transportation Authority, said last night the plans were now finalised, but that residents were welcome to write down their thoughts and leave them in a suggestion box.

Al Tayer said last night that his staff would be happy to meet the ISC to explain the scheme, but would not ask for their opinions or change the plans because it’s “none of their business”.

“We are not in America or Europe where approval for projects can take up to five years because everyone has to be consulted,” he told 7DAYS last night. The authority had consulted developer Emaar, as well as Nakheel and Dubai Holdings, before going ahead with the scheme, he said.

“We only deal with the developers who own the land and I’m sure they informed their residents. It’s not our job to ask for every resident’s permission,” Al Tayer added.






I've seen the plans, one of the roads will go in between the Hills and the Deema villas of the Lakes. This road will end up being a massive flyover near where the Lakes & Meadows 1 entrances are at the moment. We heard ages ago they were moving the Lakes entrance but had no idea why, now we do. This road will then continue on past the back of Meadows 1 and 2 to Jebel Ali.
The second road will use the whole Springs Drive and part of the Meadows Drive, and those roads will be widened to 6 lanes from the current 4. Theres no way they will be able to do this without demolishing into some peoples gardens. This road will then continue through the back of Jumeirah Islands, through Jumeirah Village and onto Jebel Ali.

As I said before and will say again, no sense of urban planning, after-sales customer care or sense of responsibility in this country at all.
I bet they would have done something similar to the Lakes if they could have, like a motorway across the main lake but since its all rental they know everyone will leave and then no more $$$ rental income.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #2
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this is riddiculous...

what is the use for this motorways? serving Dubailand from the Marina? serving the Jumeirah Village? which will not be built before 2010?



i agree with you on that one just, they cannot do this.

Emirates Hills is the most expensive development and the most exclusive one, they cannot destroy that.

we will see how it looks like in the end, i would like to see the plans but this is just

but, to give an example, pretty much the same happened here in my city as well,
it took them 10 years to decide whether they want to build the road or not,
but now a new highway,
6 lanes, is UC directly next and even over some people's houses in some of the best neighbourhoods in town here...
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #3
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Emaar said in a statement that it respects the right of the authorities to propose improvements to the road network, and would “work with the authorities and home owners’ representatives to ensure that any effects and inconvenience of the road construction is kept to a minimum”.
The project, Al Tayer said, had already been approved at “the highest levels”. He also said that residents’ privacy had been taken into account, and that buffer zones, bridges and sound barriers were included.
Al Tayer said the notion that all residents opposed the project is not true, because it will only affect the properties on the road.
“When planning roads we have to work for the benefit of the whole city, not just one part of it,” he said.
A spokesman for the ISC declined to comment last night.



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A spokesman for the newly-formed Dubai Road and Transport Authority confirmed the plans are being considered, but was unable to say when construction might start. Residents said they were shocked at the plans.

“It’s really bad planning. Al Khail road is just around the corner - why can’t the authorities move the traffic onto that road?” asked Jo, who rents a villa in Springs 6, close to one of the proposed highways.

“The new plan is bad for the whole development. But it’s typical of the way things are done here.” Kamran, who owns a villa near the proposed highway, said he was worried about the effect on the price of his property.

“If I had known earlier that I would be living besides a six-lane highway, I would never have put my money here,” he said. “This is really terrible.” It is not clear what the new roads’ speed limit would be, but three-lane roads in other parts of the city are set at at least 80km/h.

The current limit in the Emirates Hills area developments is 40km/h, and roads feature speed humps and roundabouts every few hundred metres. Parents expressed concern that the leafy suburb would become unsafe for kids.

“At the moment the kids love to ride their bikes in the area. Where will they go if they build a motorway?” asked one mother.

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New highway plan
Tuesday, 07 February 2006


Two major highways could be built through the Emirates Hills development, according to plans seen by 7DAYS. The scheme, provisionally titled the Parallel Roads Project, calls for two roads running between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

One road, shown in red on the map, will run from the Trade Centre area as far as Jebel Ali. It will see Springs Drive, a quiet road with palm trees and wide grassy verges, transformed into a six-lane highway.

The other road, shown in green, will run from the Trade Centre as far as Ibn Battuta shopping mall. It will pass the back of The Greens before cutting through the back of the Lakes, then over a flyover and past Meadows 1.

A spokesman for the Interim Steering Committee, an Emirates Hills residents group, said it was monitoring the issue. “If correctly implemented with the involvement of residents the scheme, once completed, will create much easier entry and exit to the area.”

But he admitted some residents had deep-seated concerns. “Residents are concerned that their peaceful neighbourhood will be disturbed,” he said.

“They fear there will be bridges running outside their doors and the noise pollution would be high.” Emaar confirmed it was aware of the plans, but declined to comment further.



mhm....
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:15 PM   #4
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its very surprising, what a huge blow for investor confidence in Dubai real estate. If you have them bulldozing huge motorways through gated communities then maybe your better off investing somewhere else.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:18 PM   #5
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i agree , the red lane is really riddiculous, it goes directly through an own community, this would be similar to if someone wants to build a highway over dubai marina.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:19 PM   #6
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I guess this is EMAAR'S way of getting back at the residents of Emirates Living for the swimming pool fiasco.

I have to say though that NOTHING and I mean NOTHING can stop the DRTA if they want to put new roads up through ANY development.

I am willing to bet that it wont be long before the 2 lane roads around Dubai Marina are widened to "3 lane highways".... its a given, considering the number of cars that are going to be on those roads.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:24 PM   #7
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Typical!
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I hope that those whose villas will be demolished will get paid well for the properties
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Old February 13th, 2006, 03:37 PM   #9
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They didn't write about demolishing villas - Only gardens!
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I hope that those whose villas will be demolished will get paid well for the properties
no villas will be demolished, Dazz, they are just going to add one more lane, in each direction, to the already existing 2 lane roads in the area.
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If that happens at some points the road will be less than 1m from some gardens. I think there will be some loss of property, not to mention loss of property value.
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do we have here any photos of that area?
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I imagine owners of nearby property will issue lawsuits for devaluation of property. This thing happens in the UK also.
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If that happens at some points the road will be less than 1m from some gardens. I think there will be some loss of property, not to mention loss of property value.
there is enough rrom to add another lane on either side of those roads. You will just have to lose the greenery on the sides and down the central reservation.
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I already said looooooong time ago that there will be two roads between Al Khail and SZR

u can have a better look of the roads in this huge rendering of Nakheel projects

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what is the use for this motorways? serving Dubailand from the Marina? serving the Jumeirah Village? which will not be built before 2010?
to decrease the pressure from SZR to Jebel Ali
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I imagine owners of nearby property will issue lawsuits for devaluation of property. This thing happens in the UK also.
The value of these properties will not drop below the original selling price...
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So what's actually happening here. Will there be this huge new motorway cutting through people's properties, loads of houses having to be demolished, etc? or is it just an addition of a lane to either side of an already existing road?
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as far as I know nothing will be demolished
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So what's actually happening here. Will there be this huge new motorway cutting through people's properties, loads of houses having to be demolished, etc? or is it just an addition of a lane to either side of an already existing road?
As far as I can understand (and I am pretty sure I am right here), they are going to add an extra lane to 2 roads that run through the area. No properties are going to be demolished or lost. NONE!

The only thing that will be lost are a few palm trees here and there
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Why didn't they think of this before planning out the Emirates Hills/Meadows developments? Don't these people think 10-15 years ahead when considering such massive developments? I think they just feel that they can push people around because they have no rights here. Nasty mentality in my opinion. Those people who shelled out their life-savings for their homes will now haveta face these pains...
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