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Three Jeddah malls could face closure over fire safety violations

Licenses were revoked after centres failed recent inspections by officials

Three Jeddah malls could face closure over fire safety violations
A general view shows al-Tawhid square on the corniche in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. (Getty Images)

Three malls in Jeddah face closure by authorities after they failed health and safety inspections, it was reported.

The three unnamed shopping malls have had their commercial licenses revoked by the Civil Defense, according to a report by the Makkah Arabic daily newspaper.

A source at the Jeddah Municipality said the inspections were carried out within the last two months and were related to fire safety issues such as locked emergency exits and malfunctioning extinguishers and fire hoses, the report added.

The owners of the shopping centres are given time to address the violations but have so far ignored correspondence from authorities.

“Ignoring the warning notices results in fines which could reach up to SR50,000 [$13,331]. The owner of the establishment could also risk his business being temporarily or permanently closed,” the municipality source was quoted as saying.

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