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Last AED100k p.a. flat in Dubai Marina achieves World Heritage status

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Last AED100k p.a. flat in Dubai Marina achieves World Heritage status

UNESCO steps in to preserve important piece of local history

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.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. jojotheclown

    March 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Lollllll. My sides are splitting……

  2. ASH

    March 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’ll take it. What do you want, one, two or four cheques? When can I move in?

  3. Concerned citizen

    March 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I was embarrased to read today that Dubai does not make the list of “top ten most expensive cities to live in”. Hopefully, a significant rise in rental rates will boost Dubai to the number one spot.

  4. Sand n'Shake

    March 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    All good points.
    This Ukraine situation is definitely contributing to Rent rises in the UAE.

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