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Pearl promises to take action as noise pollution complaints multiply

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After fielding months of noise pollution complaints from residents of the Pearl-Qatar, United Development Company (UDC), which manages the island, has promised to tackle the problem with an “action plan.”

For many tenants, the sound of motorbikes and cars revving their engines late into the night has become a big issue. Speaking to Doha News, a resident who asked to be identified only as Megan said:

“These last Thursday and Friday nights the motor bike riders were back with a vengeance, revving up their bikes just outside the towers – several times. We live in a society where consideration for others must be of the utmost importance if we are to get along, and this sort of uncaring attitude must be controlled by the proper authorities or ugly reactions might take place eventually.

The residents of these towers pay prime rentals to live here and it is unacceptable that these non-residents should be allowed to come here at late hours and terrorize the residents with their provocative behavior. I do not share their passion for motorbikes and prefer to sleep at 12.30am. This is a residential zone and they need to be made to understand this simple concept.”

‘Action plan’

In response to the complaints, a UDC spokesman has reiterated that the Pearl’s streets are part of Qatar’s public road network, and that the developer has no power to issue tickets or ban drivers.

Speaking to Doha News, Roger Dagher said:

“The Pearl-Qatar is not a closed community but rather a bustling suburb of Doha.”

“Therefore, all the roads fall under the jurisdiction of the Qatar Traffic Department. As a result, The Pearl-Qatar faces the same challenges relating to the roads as the rest of Doha, and the Police force deals with this issue the way they deal violations on all Doha roads by stopping vehicles if they violate the Qatar Traffic Laws.”

However, UDC have announced a series of measures which they say they are “currently implementing” to try to improve the situation.

These include:

  • Regular meetings and follow ups with the police;
  • Bringing residents’ complaints to police attention as they receive them;
  • Reaching an agreement to install three two-way speed cameras on the main Pearl Blvd. Road;
  • Reaching an agreement to install red light traffic cameras at  Medina Junction and at the junction between Porto Arabia Drive and Marina Way 20;
  • Installing speed bumps on Porta Arabia Drive; and
  • Continuing to monitor and take action in conjunction with the police concerning traffic issues on The Pearl.

UDC has also installed signs banning motorbikes from entering the area from 10pm-10am every night, but have told residents that it is the police’s responsibility to enforce this rule.

Petition

Some of the planned improvements echo the changes that Shirish Patel and other residents plan to push for in a new petition campaign.

Patel told Doha News that the noise problem has been particularly bad in the areas surrounding Towers 30 and 31 in Porto Arabia.

The architect added that the petition calls for UDC to go beyond the changes they have promised:

“The immediate solution is to reinstate security at the main gate ‐ the infrastructure is already in place such air conditioned cabins and barriers. Motor bikers would be not allowed access except for those who can show proof of residence – the UDC has the authority to issue such card/IDs. The UDC needs to realize that this problem arose when the security at the main gate was removed.”

Doha News also spoke to Pearl resident Larry Hughes, who argued that the motorbikes and cars are not only a nuisance, but a safety risk. He reported his concerns in an email to management earlier this year:

“As we were returning from an evening stroll,  my wife was almost hit by one of the bikers.

As there is no sidewalk extending all the way to our tower, she stepped in to the driving lane just as one of the motor bikes began doing an extended wheelie down the long expanse of road.”

Hughes added that he recently spoke to the UDC’s Community Management Director to discuss “the growing anger” among residents. The conversation did little to improve his confidence in the measures listed above, he continued:

“He told me that the provisions of any and all safety measures rests solely with the MoI and the Police and is therefore out of his hands. The Police, to their credit, have been out patrolling but this has only had limited success.

I think most of us believe speed bumps and crosswalks are the only solutions to address the problem, which only UDC can implement.”

Despite the apparent strength of opinion among many residents, Dagher told Doha News that “the majority of residents’ feedback we receive is positive and we believe that most people enjoy living in The Pearl-Qatar,” adding that this is demonstrated by the shortage of available apartments on the island.

He added:

“Furthermore, we believe that as those cameras and speed bumps are installed, drivers will no longer be able to get away with violations. “

Thoughts?

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ExpatLynne
ExpatLynne
7 years ago

Why don’t they put a race track or two, similar to the US’s Indianapolis 500, out of the city limits where these guys can get their need for speed satisfied. It will get them off the Doha streets and let them show off their cars/motorcycles to others of similar interests. Have some observation stands for those who just want to watch but not race.Just a thought.

Suhail Rehman
Suhail Rehman
7 years ago
Reply to  ExpatLynne

Those already exist:
Losail Circuit has Track Days for Bikes: http://www.circuitlosail.com/
I remember Qatar Racing Club in Industrial Area has publically accessible “safe” area for races and burnouts.

Problem is people who do this either don’t realize that entire families live there or just don’t care. Patrolling and enforcement is the only way.

desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago
Reply to  ExpatLynne

It’s more about showing off than really racing. “Hey look at me I can pop a wheelie and ride down the street like this.” If everyone’s doing the same thing it kills the “wow look at me” effect.

expat martin
expat martin
7 years ago

As well as the racing these people want to be seen. I have personally watched a couple of gentlemen in a pink Range Rover chatting to two ladies in a Saab. There was a queue of other cars behind waiting for their turn.
The Pearl at night has turned into a ‘no go’ area for residents.

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  expat martin

Lol, a pink range rover. Anywhere else in the world men driving that kind of car wouldn’t be chatting up girls!!!

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
7 years ago

How difficult would it to have 2 police cars present at the Pearl’s entrance at all times? Not a big deal I think!

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

It’s probably the police in their spare time doing this anyway…..

Karwa
Karwa
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

while speaking on their cell phones…

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

Just another reason why anyone who wants to live at The Pearl is an idiot. Don’t believe the hype!

DB
DB
7 years ago

This seems like a lot of words to say that they’re not actually going to do anything meaningful to curb the noise.

Diego
Diego
7 years ago

They have a drag strip.Open that up several evenings a week and let them play with safety regulations in place.Its not a perfect answer, but opens up opportunities for those who want to play.Safety is also a concern and some education could be done there.Qatar Motor Sport Federation and Ras Gas try to do some education for the young,but that doesn’t fill the void.4 wheelers , bikes, going up on two wheels and hanging out the window, no seatbelts,no helmets,lots of money/toys and basically only speed cameras and rules to protect the population add up to accidents and deaths.

Scarletti
Scarletti
7 years ago

No No No speed bumps please – why inconvience everybody !!!they dont address the problem – which is detection and action against the offenders – speed bumps are an admission of defeat against the problem of speeders – a lame pathetic answer and a sign that those responsible for policing the issue are throwing in the towel !

expat martin
expat martin
7 years ago

OK, its 16:43 and the usual suspects are out prowling. Time to batten down the hatches and stay indoors where its safe.

Masboro
Masboro
7 years ago

In response to MIMH I don’t consider myself a fool for wanting to live at the Pearl as it is generally a nice, friendly place. The only downside is the noise and a lot of it is generated by people just ‘sitting’ revving their engines, that no amount of speed bumps, cameras etc. will prevent.
The only solution is for a ‘heavy’ police presence to deter these individuals and drive them elsewhere, hopefully to one of the facilities that has been highlighted in other posts.
For a ‘world class’ facility, the failure to deal with this problem should be an embarrassment to all of the senior figures involved in the Pearl development.

Mambo
Mambo
7 years ago
Reply to  Masboro

Absoultely!
All these proposed measures don’t address the actual problem – bikers revving their engines.

All speed bumps will do is annoy us residents.

Police at the entrance and the affected R/As is the way to go!

KK
KK
7 years ago

So UDC is hiding behind an invisible police force. That is the easy way out and very professional. Isn’t UDC trying to sell the nearby ‘Little Venice’ ? Nice try.

Vanessa
Vanessa
7 years ago

I vote for letting NYPD loose at the Pearl for a weekend.

Karwa
Karwa
7 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

I agree – who knew I would travel from NYC to Doha and dream of a police state being enforced on the roads here?

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
7 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

NYPD! The heck with that, let’s take matters into our own hands and hunt those suckers down.

Karwa
Karwa
7 years ago

It is now 8:36 pm and there are 7 motorcycles just hanging out under Tower 30 – revving their engines. It isn’t like these guys are hiding or anything…what I don’t get is that some men actually think this is cool – could someone please put the message out there that women actually find this behaviour ridiculous and it only demonstrates that these guys have some compensation issues?

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
7 years ago
Reply to  Karwa

What makes you think they’re trying to impress “women” with this 😉

Karwa
Karwa
7 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

But even if they are out there to impress each other – it still remains a non-stop show of wealth and testosterone – lovely combination! 🙂

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
7 years ago
Reply to  Karwa

lol The Fast and Bicurious :p

Karwa
Karwa
7 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

that sounds like a perfect new reality show. BTW – I say this as I hear all of them out there revving their engines. So much for enforcement. Sigh…

superkev
superkev
7 years ago

unfortunately the only way this will stop is if some poor person is killed. sad to think that this is the answer. Qatar is just a lawless society for young lads… simple.

Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
7 years ago
Reply to  superkev

You mean if some RICH person is killed. If a poor person is killed, nothing changes. (I know you didn’t mean poor that way, but I just couldn’t resist)

Lisa Clayton
Lisa Clayton
7 years ago

This is the problem with having a mixed use island, where roads & access are controlled by the municipality. It would have been better to have the housing areas in gated communities with controlled access, but access for the public in the commercial areas. I honestly don’t see them being able to come up with an acceptable action plan unless they’re willing to arrest & fine people with a more visible place presence. I just don’t see that happening.

Scarletti
Scarletti
7 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Clayton

gated communities are simply a scaled up version of walled in houses – residential areas open to the street have a far better community and shared social outrage when what happens in the street is unacceptable. Hiding it behind a wall wont solve the problem. Dangerous, arrogant, disrespectful driving is a social curse – that is the problem which needs to be actively address or you are simply papering over the cracks… If people want Qatar to be an attractive place to live, then it needs to change its social culture – not its religion or values, simply a mutual social respect.

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

Walls around houses doesn’t stop the noise of car engines

Lisa Clayton
Lisa Clayton
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

They do when you can’t get into the neighborhood at all & therefore not close enough to residential areas. We have them in the US and it does eliminate a lot of these issues.

That is not to say you shouldn’t simultaneously be enforcing the law.

Canadian Observer
Canadian Observer
7 years ago

My husband and I lived on the Palm in Dubai. It was lovely. Quiet and mostly calm. Some jostling on occasion in and out of the slip roads, but nothing OTT. No racing or reving of engines. Saw that on SZ Road, but nothing like I am hearing about on th Pearl. Why the difference?

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

Abdulrahman is right however …. enforcement… enforcement..enforcement. No point putting police cars anywhere if those inside do not do a thing. Traffic law is not enforced here, we know it, the ‘hoons’ know it, the general public know it and people will continue to meet their death on the roads. If only they thought about the devastation they could cause on others and if they themselves die on their loved ones. Used inappropriately a motor vehicle becomes a reckless weapon.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

When I said the police should presented, I thought it went without saying that they should be there to enforce the law and fine those who disturb the peace. Frankly, I think motorbikes should banned from the Pearl all together, expect for the ones doing delivery service.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

Of course it should go without saying….and you did say it without saying…I am on your side Abdulrahman….we both care about the life of all who live in Qatar…otherwise why would we be here posting on this very issue…but in Qatar traffic law is simply not enforced, examples..seat belts (especially on kids..come on everyone), mobile phones, speeding, recklessness, the list goes on and on.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago

Perhaps a name change is in order?

From The Pearl… to The Peril

Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Love it!

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