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UAE's new fire and life safety code delayed to 2017 - report

Authorities will include new safety requirements and tougher enforcement measures in updated code

UAE's new fire and life safety code delayed to 2017 - report

The release date for UAE’s new fire and life safety code has been pushed back to early 2017, according to a media report.

The revised code was initially planned to be released early 2016 following a number of fire incidents reported in hi-rise towers. But it is understood that a second revision was initiated post The Address Downtown fire on New Year’s Eve.

“The 2016 (Fire and Life Safety) code, we were hoping by now it would be ready. It was first due to come out at the beginning of this year and The Address fire has kind of put that back and made people rethink,” Zawya.com quoted Michael J Lawrence, director at real estate and construction management consultancy Insite, as saying.

“It was then due to come out in March this year, and then the latest information I have is that it’s probably likely to be in the early part of 2017 rather than 2016,” he added.

The report also quotes another industry source as saying that the new code is not likely to be released this year as authorities are working to include new safety requirements and tougher enforcement measures.

The code was last updated in 2013 and banned the use of highly flammable exterior cladding panels, according to Dubai Civil Defence website.

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