Jumeirah Beach Residence (also known as JBR) is a 1.7 kilometre long, 2 million square metre gross floor area waterfront community located in Dubai Marina. It is the largest single phase residential development in the world and contains 40 towers (36 are residential and 4 are hotels) . JBR’s capacity is about 10.000 people living in its apartments and hotel rooms.
The developer, Dubai Properties (a subsidiary of Dubai Holding), launched JBR in August 2002. This 6 billion dirham project was completed in 2007.
Living in JBR is any expat’s dream, the architecture, environment and lifestyle being few of the many reasons. However, all is not that glossy at JBR. A report by Emirates 24|7 sheds some light on how residents of JBR are experiencing one of the most basic household nuisance, rats.
While hundreds of rat traps have been installed in Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), the rodents are not sparing residents in newer communities such as Discovery Gardens.
Suhail S, a JBR resident, said: “The traps have been there for some months now. Fortunately, I haven’t seen rats out here.”
Earlier postings on JBR community blog reveal the community was facing a rodent menace and authorities are well aware about it.
Madhura P, a resident of Discovery Gardens, said: “At a certain time of the day, we can hear noises in our air-conditioning duct… one can clearly make out that it’s a rat out there.”
“While we got the duct clean, rodent droppings could be seen everywhere… unfortunately, the traps and the poison did not help. There is no action taken by Nakheel… their call centre personnel just tell us to solve our problems on our own.”
Another resident said: “I stay on the top floor and am fed up with rats. I don’t know where they come from, but they can be found on the ceiling. Although I’ve reported the issue many times to the pest control company, but there has been no relief yet.”
A thread here tells of rats at Choithram’s in JBR.