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Abu Dhabi to crack down on 'mushrooming' satellite dishes

Municipality chiefs warn that landlords, tenants will be issued AED2,000 fines if they violate rules on satellite dish installation

Abu Dhabi to crack down on 'mushrooming' satellite dishes
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Abu Dhabi Municipality has announced that no more than four satellite dishes will be allowed on rooftops in the UAE capital from Sunday.

Authorities said they will strictly enforce a local law regulating satellite dishes and called upon landlords, tenants, investors, and real estate companies to remove them along with cable extensions which are "mushrooming in a haphazard manner" on the walls. Fines of AED2,000 ($544) will be enforced for violations, the Municipality said, news agency WAM reported.

The regulations ban the installation of more than four dishes on rooftops, or installing any satellite dishes on balconies, walls and garden fences.

Saeed Al Hajeri, director of Mobile Inspection at the Municipality, told the local news bulletin of Abu Dhabi TV (Olum Al Dar) that the crackdown is part of the municipality's efforts to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the city.

He said that landlords and real estate investors can install a maximum of four dishes connected to a central antenna system to meet the need of tenants from cable TV channels.

''Those who fail to remove these devices and pay the fine will be referred to the public prosecution,'' he said.

He said in many cases the satellites are improperly connected and are poorly maintained, with cables strewn across walls, making it difficult for paramedics and other emergency response teams to gain access to homes.

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