Arabian Ranches has been topping the list of being one of the most sought after communities in Dubai. In order for us to keep it this way and to protect and enhance the investment of the owners, we must make several new improvements into the community. Whilst every effort is being made to ensure community services are optimised and performed to the best of standards, the overall community is coming close to its 10 year mark. With the age of the community, there are several planned improvements and additions that are required to maintain, preserve and enhance Arabian Ranches.
Please find below some of the major works that are planned in 2015 for Arabian Ranches:
Gatehouse Access Control and CCTV systems - As part of our planned improvements, resident feedback and in compliance with the Dubai Protective Systems (DPS) Law No. 24, Annex 17, all communities must install, maintain surveillance and access control systems at key entry and exit points. In line with this directive, gatehouses in Arabian Ranches will soon have a state-of-the-art access control system that includes some of the following features:
Automated Number Plate Recognition System (ANPR) - This system will have the capability to register residents’ car license plate numbers and provide automated access through the gate barriers. The system has been successfully trialled in one of our other communities and is now provisioned to be implemented in Arabian Ranches.
Access Cards - In addition to the ANPR system, residents will be provided with access cards to ensure smooth access through the gatehouse.
CCTV Surveillance - One of the major components and requirements by DPS is to monitor ingress and egress points in the community to enhance the overall safety of security of the community and the city of Dubai. The CCTV surveillance will provide a direct feed to authorised personnel on live community points to proactively, efficiently and effectively deal with any security issues.
Several owners/residents have stated in various forums that security needs to be strengthened and the above will go a long way in resolving this matter.
Community Lighting Improvements - As part of becoming more energy efficient, the current community lighting (primarily street lights) are being reviewed and planned for replacement with LED lights. Plans are also being considered to improve overall illumination in areas where the light intensity may be low. This is a direct result of several owners complaining that the lighting in the community is too dim in some areas.
Signage and Way-finding - A key area of focus in 2015 will be the overall signage and way-finding in Arabian Ranches. With the aged and outdated designs of the existing ones, signage and way-finding has been identified as a major component to improve the overall look and feel of the community. Again, this is based on residents’ and owners’ feedback on improving the way-finding systems in the community.
Landscaping Upgrades - As we continue working toward improving the aesthetics of Arabian Ranches, several areas of the community are being upgraded with new landscaping and species of plants, trees and shrubs. A botanical garden is being created which will include various species of flora that will provide residents a scenic venue to unwind as well as a learning ground for gardening enthusiasts.
Roundabouts Improvements - The roundabouts in the sub-communities are being targeted for enhancement with more landscaping and lighting (selected areas).
New free rights at the exits to Al Qudra road, towards both Motor City and Studio City - The current traffic jams and tailbacks have been causing a lot of grief for residents who leave early to school or work. We have been working with the RTA to propose solutions that will alleviate this daily issue. Fortunately, the RTA has agreed to make additional free rights to the main roads to allow for free flow of traffic out of Arabian Ranches onto the Al Qudra road. Work on this has already commenced.
Robust and healthy Capital Reserve Fund (CRF) - With the community now matured, a healthy CRF needs to be maintained to ensure there are adequate provisions available for major asset replacements, when the time comes. The existing funds, although available, are insufficient for Arabian Ranches to sustain itself in the long term. In the past, in order to keep the CSF as low as possible, we have been conservative in the collection of such funds. However, now it is essential to fund the CRF to maintain a balance in years to come as all warranties for the infrastructure are over.
Other salient provisions - Several other smaller initiatives including motion sensors in basketball and tennis courts, community events, enhancement of the community portal and improvement in online transactions, maintenance of the new community Village Green (behind Alma), improvement in the overall irrigation systems and lines to conserve water, etc., are being put into place as the year progresses.
We are optimistic with the plans laid down in 2015, this will set a benchmark for many years to come. The work being carried out not only preserves, maintains and enhances Arabian Ranches, but at the same time contributes immensely to the environment, brings operational efficiencies and better community management. We thank all our owners and residents for their feedback and continual support in making Arabian Ranches one of the best communities in the city and promoting the real sense of community spirit.