Abu Dhabi to dish out fines for airing laundry outside

Residents caught with washing out on balcony to be slapped with hefty fines, WAM reports
Abu Dhabi to dish out fines for airing laundry outside
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By Sara Anabtawi
Wed 08 Aug 2012 12:10 PM

Abu Dhabi residents will be fined for drying laundry on their balconies, reported official UAE news agency WAM.

The move comes as part of an effort to improve the aesthetic appearance of the Emirati capital. At first, offenders will receive a warning, after which they will be fined AED1, 000 (US$272).

The municipality has so far issued 146 warnings and inspection teams have posted multilingual warnings by building lifts, said Khalifa Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi. 

The move comes following a recent three-day campaign by the civic body targeted at residents of Baniyas and Mussafah business districts, as well as Mohammed bin Zayed City.

"The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is following up all warnings issued to occupants of buildings and villas to ensure their compliance with these instructions and laundry-drying laws,” Al Rumaithi said.

In February, local media reported that Dubai residents living in areas including Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Palm Jumeirah will face fines of AED500 for drying clothes or hosting barbeques on their balconies.

As part of the same campaign, the organisational arms of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), also ordered residents not to install satellite dishes on the facades of buildings or use balconies as places of storage, issuing brochures to residents in Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu and Chinese.

The rules applied to all of its supervised residential communities, such as International City, Jebel Ali Downtown and Discovery Gardens.

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