Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I hope I'm right.

Another landmark from the (my) old days in Dubai.

Lincoln Beach Villas on Jumeirah Beach Road, a bit out of town in those days but highly desirable. They were occupied by expats on the full salary package which included good accommodation with all bills paid.

Those were the days.

A few people are still on those packages but they're becoming rarer and rarer.

Anyway, passing by this morning I was horrified to see construction/destruction.

On closer inspection it seemed as though it was actually renovation going on.

I do hope so, rather than the usual demolition of anything over twenty years old.

8 comments:

the real nick said...

I used to live there until two years ago. Ours were pulled down - the new houses that replaced them can be seen in the top right corner of the photo. Sob....

Of late they were negelected and derelict even, and inhabited by sharers, which is now illegal. Our house was beautiful with old trees and I took good care of it myself. I hope very much they are being renovated. The layout of these villas is better than anything new you can get.

Seabee said...

Yes, I remember them from visiting a friend who lived there way back when Nick. I recall that they had a good layout and a nice feel to both the villas and the compound.

Anonymous said...

why dont you guys move to some other country where amenities like this are taken for granted. In dubai everyone gets into this mob panic on housing, and social standing is dictated by where you live and how many bedrooms your house has. i moved out of dubai, and god, life became so much better. sick places like dubai produce an unhappy and depressed populace.

Seabee said...

The fact is Anon@7.57 that the people who stay here do so because we like it, otherwise we'd leave.

ZeTallGerman said...

Hi Seabee,
when I first came to Dubai I lived there for 3 years... the villas and their mature gardens were lovely. We've been told they'd be pulled down for many years now... I guess it's finally time. With the build-quality in Dubai, everything older than 30 years really is crumbling and falling apart. A friend of mine still lives there, and her roof leakes, water pipes burst, tiles are breaking on the floors, A/C broken, garden fence falls down.... they're just too old. But it's a shame.

CG said...

Oh what a shame. I had friends that lived there (many moons ago). Memories. Aaaaaaaaah

here we go again.

WebJunky said...

very true, no one is forcing anyone to live in duba. come and go as you please....anyway you can never get nationality/citizenship

Anonymous said...

thats a shame, i remember them as new