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UAE fire code 'to impose strict fines on consultants

Building consultants to face penalties if non-approved materials are used in construction

UAE fire code 'to impose strict fines on consultants
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The delayed UAE fire safety code is to set out tough new measures including fines for building consultants who use non-regulation materials in construction.

The director-general of Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) told local media this week that fines would be imposed on building contractors should faulty fire safety material, including flammable cladding, be discovered on “new” buildings across the emirates.

Rashid Al Matrooshi reportedly did not reveal the exact size of the fines but said they would be “strict”.

“These fines will be very strict because we want to prevent any bad installation of fire safety material in buildings,” The National quoted him as saying.

“If civil defence discovers any failure in fixing of the material then the consultant will be held responsible. This will also be specified for fixing of cladding material.

“There were other different categories of fines before but now it will also be specified for installation. It is not just cladding that can be the problem, but also poor installation.”

The code is to be published in May – a delay from April as originally intended.

Authorities have said they are ramping up national fire safety measures in the wake of the high profile fire at The Address Downtown hotel on New Year’s Eve, and a spate of other fires across the emirates.

It had previously been reported that suppliers of building materials that have not been approved by the DCD would be prosecuted under the new code.