By Neil Halligan
Municipality to carry out survey of areas causing excess noise, focusing on construction sites
Dubai Municipality will begin monitoring noise levels across the emirate from next month, and take action against companies exceeding the permissible levels of noise.
In a media statement, Dubai Municipality Director-General Hussain Nasser Lootah said the local authority will firstly monitor the levels during next month, focusing on areas where construction is taking place.
“The first phase includes a comprehensive survey of these levels in the emirate by using high-quality techniques, where the data of sound frequencies are collected and linked with the planning and construction maps of Dubai.
“This data will be analysed later in order to identify areas experiencing high levels of noise pollution,” said Lootah.
“After that, Dubai Municipality will take all legal measures against enterprises and institutions that exceed the noise levels emitted from their activities, in accordance with the Ministerial Decree No. 12 of 2006 on the protection of air pollution,” he added.
Lootah said noise pollution posed serious health implications for those affected.
“When asked about the types of pollution, we all count everything except noise pollution, which leaves a deep impact on human health,” he said.
“Global studies have shown that noise is considered the most dangerous type of environmental pollution on public health, and has a negative effect on the audio, neurological and digestive tract of the human body. It increases the likelihood of stress and fatigue, with excessive exposure to auditory stimuli that exceed intensity limits approved globally.”
Thanks for your article today. I live in JBR Sadaf Sector which is opposite the Meydan Beach club. Next to Meydan Beach Club the Al Fattan Crystal Towers be being built. Presently they are at the 8 Floor which is the same level I live.
They work in 3 shifts 24 hours and the noise at night is very high. Lots of hammering, banging, power tools and lorries driving past The Walk. If you are in such a situation your sleep is disturbed many times during the night and I have probably 2 years of it to come. Either I start using sleeping tablets or get ill from not enough sleep.
The JBR residents affected live in the existing Al Fattan Towers, The MÃ¶venpick Hotel, Sadaf 4 and Sadaf 5 and even parts of Murjan.
Your article does not mention of how to inform local authority? Where to complain and what to do?
I am looking forward to your suggestions please.
The Noise from 1 JBR must be excessive. It is continuous day and night except for a short period on Friday Afternoons. Where her the noise monitoring statistics too be found?