By Andy Sambidge
Two-week crackdown targets unlicensed buildings, crowded units used by bachelors.
Phase two of a campaign by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi to crack down on unsafe housing and makeshift structures built without official permits has been launched.
The two-week campaign aims to preserve the "security and safety" of the community, officials said, adding that it would "remove hazards and any potential impacts environment and public health".
The campaign, phase one of which was announced in early 2009, is being run in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Labour, Civil Defence Department, and the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Directorate (ADNRD), news agency WAM reported.
The crackdown, which promises "proper actions against offenders", is targeting unlicensed annexes to houses and flats as well as crowded and disorderly bachelor accommodation units, according to a statement by the Municipality.
It will also enforce court injunctions against violations of building codes and laws at villas and residential buildings with unlicensed internal partitions and makeshift walls.
"The Municipality seeks to enhance the community's awareness of the impact of these phenomena on security and safety, make concerted efforts to combat them, and educate tenants, investors and landlords on the serious social impacts resulting from these outlawed buildings and additions," said acting executive director of municipal services sector Owaidah Al Qubaisi in comments published by WAM.
The campaign follows a similar campaign launched by Dubai Municipality in 2008 since when thousands of violating properties have had power and water disconnected.
Civic leaders in Dubai said the practice of multiple families sharing villas will not be stopped or slowed down in the wake of the economic crisis.For all the latest UAE news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.