Last AED100k p.a. flat in Dubai Marina achieves World Heritage status
DUBAI: The UNESCO World Heritage Committee this morning called an emergency meeting in which it bestowed immediate World Heritage Site status on the last remaining flat in Dubai’s Marina district costing AED100,000 per year.
The one-bedroom apartment was due to have its rental price raised to AED140,000, with the landlord citing “Dubai’s recent Expo 2020 victory, the uncertainty in Crimea and the tragic passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman” for forcing up rates. But the swift move by the Heritage Committee ensures the property will be kept at its current level.
“We felt that it was vital to step in immediately to preserve this hugely important piece of local history,” said UNESCO spokesperson Gideon Lisp, adding that under the terms of the new status the apartment’s current residents have been given two days to vacate.