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40 apartment blocks in Jeddah ordered to close

Tourism facilities set to shut after inspectors uncover safety code violations.

Forty furnished apartment blocks in Jeddah have ben ordered to close by officials after inspectors uncovered a series of safety code violations.The Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is also set to issue fines after inspectors observed more than 40 violations, Saudi Gazette reported on Sunday.

The violations, according to the chief executive of the Tourist Development Department in the Makkah region, consist of failures to obtain construction safety licences from the Jeddah Mayor’s Office or building safety licences from the Civil Defence, as well as a lack of standard safety facilities.

“All the locations have been informed, in accordance with the official inspection form of which they had been provided with a copy, that they are to cease admitting guests with immediate effect out of safety concerns,” Mohammed Al-Amri told the paper.

Al-Amri said that the owners of the sites should consult the Commission in Jeddah and correct all failures.

Jeddah has approximately 800 furnished apartment buildings in total.

A new classification system for furnished apartments and hotels is set to be launched in the next couple of months which will see each establishment displaying a certificate approving prices for the standard of services it offers.

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Suhail Anjum M. Ghauri 10 years ago

Not even one safety code violation is reported other than the licence thingi, which could even be a red tape bureaucratic paper work procedure or revenge tactic. Unless Arabia Business is not telling the TRUE STORY here....!!!