Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 January 2020

Dubai community losing sleep as young drivers turn motorway into racetrack

Residents living near Al Qudra Road put up with constant noise and poor sleep as drivers speed up and down the motorway late at night

Aisha Legge says motorists have turned Al Qudra Road into a late night racing track, keeping her and residents of Town Square awake. Reem Mohammed / The National
Aisha Legge says motorists have turned Al Qudra Road into a late night racing track, keeping her and residents of Town Square awake. Reem Mohammed / The National

Residents of a popular community in Dubai say they are losing sleep over motorists who have turned the main road outside their homes into a racetrack.

People living in properties adjacent to Al Qudra Road have said they are plagued by constant noise coming from drivers racing up and down the motorway.

They said they reported the issue to police several times but the motorists remain undeterred, revving their engines and waking children and adults alike.

“The noise was so bad one night that it made my balcony door shudder,” said Aisha Legge, an Emirati HR manager who lives in a villa in Town Square.

We report it to the police but the racers are gone by the time they send someone out

Magali de Lattre

“It’s giving me sleepless nights because I can’t go back to sleep when they wake me up. It just goes on for hours.”

“I pity the people who have young families because it must be a nightmare for them,” said Ms Legge, 47.

“It’s not normal to have this kind of noise outside your home during wee morning hours. It’s probably young men just messing around but that doesn’t make it acceptable.”

Ms Legge said she had dialled 999 on several occasions to report the drivers but they tended to disappear by the time the police arrived.

She said racers are sometimes joined by quad bike riders, making the noise even worse.

“There are quad bikers racing late at night. You have to put up with constant noise right outside your home,” said Nadim Nehme, 40, from Lebanon.

He said his home is almost 600m from Al Qudra Road but he can still feel the constant reverberation from the speeding bikes.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. 9 JANUARY 2020. Aisha Legge lives near Al Qudra Road and is disturbed in late hours at night and early mornings by sounds of racing cars. (Photo: Reem Mohammed/The National) Reporter: Section:
Homes are located just metres from Qudra Road - which boy racers turn into a 'racetrack'. Reem Mohammed / The National

“Even though it’s winter, we can’t sleep with the windows open because of the loud noise,” said Mr Nehme, who works in advertising.

“I have two children aged 7 and 8 years and they wake up in the middle of the night to complain of the noise,” he said. “It may sound bizarre, but I am looking forward to the summer season and the heat to get some respite from the noise.”

Mr Nehme is a member of a community WhatsApp group in which the noise is a regular point of discussion.

“Several people have reported it to the police but nobody is aware of any culprits being caught,” he said.

Magali de Lattre, a tennis coach from Portugal, is another exasperated resident of Town Square. Living adjacent to Al Qudra Road, she said she feels under siege from reckless drivers.

“We report it to the police but the racers are gone by the time they send someone out,” she said.

“I don’t know if a solution can be found but it is keeping us awake every night.”

Residents across Dubai raised more than 2,500 noise complaints to the municipality last year.

The permitted noise level in the emirate is 40 to 50 decibels from 7am to 8pm and 30 to 40 decibels overnight.

The National contacted Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality for comment.

Noise complaints in the emirate can be made by calling 800 900 or by using the Dubai Municipality mobile application.

Updated: January 12, 2020 03:43 PM

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