By Sara Anabtawi
Residents caught with washing out on balcony to be slapped with hefty fines, WAM reports
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.
The use of free solar power is prohibited, while at the same time brochures for "saving energy campaings" are distributed.
Something does not make sense?
You can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can't take the trailer park out of the girl.
In a capital which is advocating carbon free emissions, eco-friendly solutions, and green innovations like Madsar City I find it strange that you force people to use more energy. The sun is free energy, as well as destroying bacteria .... therefore a healthy alternative.
This will just utilise more power usage which is already at a peak due to A/c necessity during the scorching heat.