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Dubai plans new fire safety rules for flammable cladding in older buildings

Each building will have different solutions depending on the percentage of cladding

Dubai plans new fire safety rules for flammable cladding in older buildings
Smoke billows from the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai. (Getty Images)

Dubai Civil Defence is working on regulations to control the risk of fire spreading quickly in towers with flammable cladding.

Tests will be run by experts to see if fire barriers will keep residents safe in older buildings with combustible aluminium facades, The National reported.

"Each building will have different solutions depending on the percentage of cladding, the severity of the possible problem and design and construction," said Lt Col Jamal Ibrahim, director of preventive safety at Dubai Civil Defence.

The authority is finalising two to three tests with manufacturers, experts and federal officers.

Maj Gen Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, director of Dubai Civil Defence, said in January this year that use of cladding will be restricted in new buildings in the UAE following a new set of regulations to be added to the UAE Fire and Safety Code.

Some of the new regulations will include not using cladding for buildings that are higher than nine storeys, it said.