By Staff writer
Indian billionaire Shaji Ul Mulk says safer materials required following spate of fires in UAE
Sharjah-based building cladding supplier Alubond USA has reportedly started manufacturing fire-resistant panels in line with the new UAE safety code to be published next month.
Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of Alubond USA, claimed there are over 1,000 buildings in the UAE with a form of external cladding that is at high risk of rapidly spreading flames in the event of a fire, reported Khaleej Times.
Ul Mulk said this type of cladding is made of aluminium filled with highly flammable low-density polythene.
However, technological advancements have made it possible for companies to manufacturer fire-resistant cladding. He claimed his firm has become the first in the UAE to manufacture the new, safer product in line with US standards recognised by the UAE civil defence, he told the newspaper.
The Indian billionaire – whose firm manufactured the older cladding used on the fire-hit The Address Downtown hotel in Dubai – urged developers last month to stop using flammable building materials.
He also revealed his plans to start manufacturing non-flammable versions of the controversial aluminium panels in the UAE, in anticipation of tighter building safety regulations and increased demand for fireproof materials. He said he had ordered a new plant and would start making the panels this year.