How Dubai’s new house move boom could hurt the locals
Dubai: The new house movement is being driven by the city’s housing crisis and the fear of homelessness, said a senior official with the local government.
“Dubai is the new Dubai.
If you have a job in Dubai, you are a citizen,” said Mr Abdul Hamid Al-Tayyeb, the city government’s deputy chief of staff.
“If you are not living in Dubai and you want to live here, you have to get a residence permit,” he added.
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“We have a shortage of rental accommodation, so we have to find the right accommodation,” Mr Al-Taeb said.
The first wave of house move plans were launched in May, when the Dubai Planning Authority launched the first wave in a bid to alleviate housing shortages.
Dubay plans to develop the region’s first residential estates to house up to 2,000 people and build the first of several residential towers.
The first tower will be completed in 2022.
The city’s population will grow by 7.5% per year from 2016 to 2021, according to Dubai’s Population Growth and Social Change Office.
According to Dubai City Council figures, around half of the population of the capital grew from the start of 2016.
There were some 250,000 migrants and refugees living in the UAE last year.
Around 50,000 more people left the country in the year to March.
Over half of them came to the UAE for work or education.
Mr Al-Turki, who is also the UAE’s minister of finance, said Dubai’s housing shortages were caused by a lack of infrastructure and a lack the ability to manage it effectively.
“In Dubai, it is very hard to find a place to live and many people have not found a suitable place,” he said.
“It is the same for other areas in the country, and we need to find new solutions.”
Al Jazeera’s Sarah Sowards in Dubai contributed to this report.