Key Dubai buildings checked to prevent Dubai Mall-style blackouts

DEWA committee inspects electricity back-up plans at major landmarks in aftermath of Dubai Mall power cut
Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, was plunged into darkness in April. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Wed 31 Dec 1969 07:00 PM

Major buildings including Dubai Airports, Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab and Mall of the Emirates have been inspected to ensure they are able to cope with unexpected power issues.

A committee set up by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in the aftermath of the Dubai Mall blackout in April said it has also visited Ibn Battuta Mall, Emirates Towers, Dubai International Financial Center, Dragon Mall, Dubai Media City, and Dubai TV.

The visits follow up an earlier circular requiring around 1,100 real estate developers, consultants, contractors, government organisations, and major companies in Dubai to install back-up power generators at major projects in Dubai.

The circular implements the order of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to install back-up power generators at key sites in Dubai.

The order came after Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, was plunged into darkness for about two hours in April.

“In accordance with the order of His Highness, DEWA formed a higher committee to follow up its implementation. A work plan was developed that include a number of procedures such as providing mobile generators in all key areas to ensure speedy availability, following-up with developers to install back-up generators in all new projects, and developing the necessary guidelines,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

"The committee also coordinates with existing key buildings and facilities including airports, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, government buildings, and tourist facilities to ensure they have adequate backup generators," he added.

He said the committee carried out a comprehensive field survey of all key projects in Dubai to identify the loads and requirements to provide backup generators in buildings and landmarks.

He added that some shopping malls have appointed consultants to study the mechanism for implementing the order and carry out the necessary requirements.

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