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Sheikh Hamdan has assured that Dubai will support all those affected by the adverse weather conditions

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Published: Sun Apr 21, 2024 1:57 PM

Dubai residents have been offered multiple services free of charge by the government, private companies, retailers and developers to ease their burden in the wake of Tuesday’s unprecedented rains.

Ranging from free maintenance of electronic devices to home repairs and alternative free housing, many more initiatives have been taken by the public and private sectors to help residents overcome financial, physical and emotional challenges after the city recorded its highest rainfall in 75 year registered.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, assured that Dubai will support all those affected by the adverse weather conditions.

He directed that all housing management companies and real estate developers shall provide the following services at no additional cost and provide alternative housing for residents affected by the weather; distribution of food within affected communities; comprehensive pest control services; enhanced security to ensure the safety of residents; assistance with return to homes, including interior cleaning services; monitoring and documenting damage caused by rain during the insurance coverage period; and assistance in assessing potential risks to property.

Sheikh Hamdan also led the creation of a committee to urgently review all requests from Emirati citizens and process them on a priority basis.

He also directed the Community Development Authority to activate the ‘Jew’ platform to receive contributions from the private sector to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by the extreme weather in the emirate.

Dubai’s top property developers Emaar Properties, MAG, Damac Properties, Nakheel, Dubai Holding, Union Properties and Dubai Investment Park provide free maintenance of damaged properties, alternative housing for affected residents, pest control services, home cleaning services, and help assess potential risks for property, documenting damage caused by the rain to claim insurance and distributing food to communities.

Some hotels and electronic companies have also come forward to offer free services to support UAE residents affected by massive floods.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of Al Habtoor Group, announced on Friday that they would provide hotel rooms to affected families.

He added that a number of Emirati families from Dubai, whose homes were damaged by the rain, have already been accommodated in the Group’s hotels in Al Habtoor City on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Al Habtoor also announced Dh17 million in financial support to repair damage to the homes of Emirati families.

Al Habtoor will also host weddings at its hotel for residents of Al Lisaili to avoid postponement of planned ceremonies due to the impact of the recent weather conditions.

“Within our modest resources, we stand side by side with government agencies and charitable organizations to meet the challenges of nature and promote the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that is one of the core values ​​of UAE society,” added he added.

Premier Inn Middle East has announced a special weekly room rate to support Dubai residents affected by the recent storm and in need of a safe, affordable place to stay.

The weekly rate, for 7 nights, is available from Friday, April 19 to May 5, starting from Dh1,250 at the Dragon Mart property and from Dh1,300 at the brand’s Silicon Oasis hotel. Residents also receive a 20 percent discount on food and drinks.

Jumbo Electronics offered free repair and maintenance services for electronic gadgets and devices that were damaged during the rain this week. Residents can submit their device for repair at Jumbo, regardless of which retailer they purchased the device from. In addition to the next day home delivery service, it also offered exchange offers for old and damaged devices. This facility is valid until April 30.