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Nightclub nuisance in Karama.

Dubai Residents in the bustling neighbourhood of Karama are losing their sleep over noisy nightclubs in their locality, quite literally, as the year end revelry catches fever pitch. Several long time tenants in buildings that are close to hotels that house some of the city's popular nightclubs and discotheques have told XPRESS how the 'cacophony' is affecting their good nights' sleep.

"It gets worse particularly during this time of the year when the partying is more intense around mid-night. The noise appears to be even more prominent in winter season because our ACs remain off most of the times. The disturbance doesn't die until the wee hours of the morning," said an irate resident of a second floor apartment overlooking the President Hotel. The popular three star near the Karama metro station on the Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed street Hotel houses at least two night clubs that cater to Indian and the Filipino crowds till three in the morning.

"Sometimes the energy is so high that it shakes the furniture in our homes. I have seen my daughter's study table in the room that's closest to the nightclub tremble often," said another resident of the same building.

Daniel Bera, the manager of Maharlika Cafe, a popular watering hole for mainly the Filipino and East European expatriates in the same hotel however refuses to buy the allegations. "We have been operating in this place for years but no one's come to us with this complaint. However we have adequate sound proofing as is required by any standard night club," he told XPRESS.

Less than half a kilometer from the spot is another popular night-time destination, the Karama hotel. It houses the Kremlin, a Russian nightclub with live band, Kara-OK! Lounge, an Asian karaoke club playing Rock n' roll to the latest Korean/Chinese chart toppers, Tantra Club, a discotheque and Ratsky, another Fillipino hotspot for clubbers with a live DJ and band. All of them operate until three in the morning, creating ruckus on most nights, allege nearby residents there.

"Not only does it make a noisy neighbourhood because of the constant crowd on the streets but there's also a constant chaos because of the long line of waiting taxis," said an Indian expatriate living in the apartment facing the hotel's backside on street 2 C.

Indra Thayil, the General Manager of the hotel however said, "We have never got a complaint from our nearby residents on this (noise) issue."

A comment from Dubai's Department Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) that issues licenses and permits for all hotel establishments, including nightclubs wasn't immediately available. All nightclubs in Dubai have permissions to remain open till three in the morning.

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Publication:XPRESS (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jan 9, 2014
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