One of the oldest building compounds in Karama - the Sheikh Rashid Colony - is due for demolition.
Residents, many whom have lived in the so called “colony” for generations, have been forced to relocate from the 10 buildings that make up the Al Wasl Properties owned complex.
“The buildings in Karama will be demolished. All the residents have been served with eviction notices and have vacated the building ,” said an Al Wasl Property representative in a recent interview with Emirates 24/7.
The Sheikh Rashid Colony was built in 1978 by the then Ruler of Dubai and it offered affordable accommodation to expatriate residents.
The buildings housed 800 flats in 10 blocks. Over 2,000 people resided in the colony, which became a landmark in Karama and Dubai. While many residents are yet to find alternative accommodation, the deadline was postponed several times to give residents enough notice.
“We have a nostalgic relationship with this location and the building, because for some families, at least three generations have lived here,” said an Indian expat who has had to leave the complex.