Developers Offer Free Repairs to Rain-Damaged Homes

April 22, 2024

The heavy rains in the UAE resulted in an unprecedented flood, causing severe damage to residential communities and properties in Dubai and other emirates. It was one of the most devastating storms in the region’s history, with rainfall levels unseen in decades. As residents struggle with the aftermath of the natural disaster, both the government, property developers, and humanitarian organizations are tirelessly working to provide crucial support and assistance to those affected.

UAE's Heaviest Rainfall in 75 Years

On Tuesday, April 16th, 2024, the UAE experienced a deluge exceeding 10 inches, with Dubai receiving approximately half of that amount. Floodwaters caused massive damage to properties, vehicles, and infrastructure, as well as disruptions of traffic, public transportation, and flights.

Families throughout the Emirates faced the daunting task of evacuating their homes and saving their belongings. This historic weather event marked the UAE’s heaviest rainfall in 75 years, with precipitation levels exceeding a year's worth within 24 hours.

Due to the torrential rain, Dubai International Airport struggled to clear the aircraft backlog. In 2023, the world’s busiest airfield for international travel catered to over 80 million passengers, while in 2024, it anticipates nearly 90 million travelers, cementing its status as a vital connecting point between Europe and Asia. 

Dubai Rain Clean-up Operation

Following extensive flooding, Dubai is now making a remarkable recovery. The Dubai Airport has already fully resumed its operations, while Dubai Municipality, transportation authorities, and other agencies have been tirelessly working in response to the historic crisis.

Swiftly responding to the adverse weather conditions, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, approved a series of initiatives.

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In a meeting with heads of government entities, including His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's First Deputy Ruler, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance, the Crown Prince assessed the progress of the Dubai rain clean-up operation so far and ensure adequate support from on-ground teams and community volunteers.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan approved offering services to those affected by the heavy rain, including alternate accommodation, pest control, food, cleaning and security. Under his direction, a committee has been established to urgently review requests from Emirati citizens affected by the heavy rains, prioritizing repairing and rehabilitating affected homes.

Additionally, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan directed the Dubai Land Department (DLD) and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) coordinate with property developers to expedite the restoration of normalcy in affected communities.

His Highness also instructed the prompt distribution of April salaries to Dubai government employees, military personnel, retired military members, and individuals receiving government social benefits. Note that the salaries are scheduled for disbursement on Tuesday, April 23rd.The measure is intended to assist employees in meeting their family requirements and safeguarding their welfare during this time.

Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department has been instructed to provide humanitarian support to those in need and activated the 'Jood' platform to receive contributions from the private sector for humanitarian assistance. He commended the Department of Economy and Tourism for collaborating with the private sector and hotels to provide temporary accommodation for affected citizens, emphasizing the government's commitment to citizens' well-being.

All these initiatives reflect H.H.Sheikh Hamdan's dedication to aiding employees and their families during the country's challenging weather conditions. 

Developers Initiatives: Free Repairs Amid Rain Havoc

During the crisis, real estate companies also take proactive steps to assist residents. Property developers like MAG and Emaar Properties have also stepped up to assist their communities in the aftermath of the floods. Both companies have pledged to cover all costs of necessary repairs for affected residents across their residential developments. This commitment aims to alleviate the burden on residents and expedite the recovery process.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said,

“In response to the challenges posed by this adverse weather and heavy rains that Dubai has experienced in the past few days, I am pleased to announce that Emaar will undertake the repair of all properties within our communities that have been damaged by the recent rains at its own cost to ensure that our residents can return to their daily lives as swiftly and smoothly as possible.”

“The teams have been actively dealing with challenges, including clearing numerous water-clogging issues, and continue to work around the clock to provide solutions.

Likewise, MAG commended the resilience displayed by residents, businesses, and agencies in handling the flooding situation. Talal Moafaq Al Gaddah, chief executive of MAG Lifestyle Development, stated,

“In light of the unprecedented weather conditions experienced in the UAE earlier this week, it is incumbent upon us to stand by our customers during these challenging times.”

“The resilience demonstrated by our residents, coupled with the supportive measures enacted by the wise government, serves as inspiration for us to extend our assistance to those in need. The company will cover all the costs of necessary repairs for affected residents, across its residential developments”.

Emaar, Nakheel, Dubai Holding, and Union Properties have announced their collaboration with the Dubai Land Department to offer the following support:

  • Provision of alternative housing for weather-affected residents
  • Distribution of food within affected communities
  • Strengthening of security measures to ensure resident safety
  • Assistance with residents' return to their properties
  • Monitoring and documentation of damage incurred
  • Assessment of potential risks to properties

Developers like DAMAC Properties have addressed concerns about property insurance coverage, which reassures residents of the proactive measures taken to ensure safety and minimal disruption.

All in all, the collaborative response to the flooding crisis highlights the resilience of the Dubai community and the commitment of both government and private sectors to support affected residents. Continued support and solidarity are essential in rebuilding affected communities and restoring normalcy.

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