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New UAE fire code said to be delayed until May

New regulations will reportedly require installing fire insulation layer in every two floors of buildings to stop fires from spreading

New UAE fire code said to be delayed until May

A new set of regulations due to be added to the UAE Fire and Safety Code will be delayed until next month, a senior official has said.

Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, director of Dubai Civil Defence, revealed that a new list of standards and requirements to fire safety of high rise buildings in the UAE will be applied in May, according to a report in the Arabic daily newspaper Al Bayan.

The new specifications would require installing a fire insulation layer in every two floors of the buildings to stop fires from spreading to the higher or lower floors.

The layers will include non-flammable material that isolated and maintains the fire in the existing two floors only.

Officials said in March that building owners will be required to renew no-objection certificates (NOCs) every year from civil defence to ensure structures remain safe as opposed to present conditions of obtaining only one NOC on initial completion of the building.

A comprehensive list of tests that must be carried out on a regular basis have also been added.

The changes to the UAE fire code come in light of the high profile fire at The Address Downtown hotel on New Year’s Eve.