Emiratis urged to take permit for desert tents

Emirati families intending to set up winter camps in the desert have been directed to seek prior approval from the Dubai Municipality.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 24 Oct 2013, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:39 PM

The Building Department’s office in Al Warqa started issuing the special permit for setting up temporary tents for winter camps in Dubai’s deserts.

The move is described as a “part of supporting and promoting traditional and cultural activities which are main components of Emirati life”, as families tend to spend joyful moments in desert areas during winter season.

In a statement, Khalid Mohammed Salah, director of the Building Department, said the civic body has issued an order which stipulates that the municipality will be applying provisions regulating the temporary uses of desert land as provided in the Local Order No. 2 of 99, and the administrative decision No. 310 of 2008, referring to the camps set up by a third party for the purposes of entertainment.

He said it is part of the civic body’s commitment to protect the environment and maintain cleanliness of the desert land.

The validity of the permit will be six months but not exceeding the end of April each year.

The area of land authorised for the establishment of a camp should not exceed 400 square metres.

During the permitted period, owners must adhere to the requirements of environment, health, planning and construction set forth in the municipal legislation. Moreover, the land should be evacuated on the expiry of the permit and returned to how it was before.

Citizens have to submit copies of family book, passport and vehicle ownership card before getting their permits.

The fee for setting up camps is 22 fils per square metre for one week. An amount of Dh2,000 should be paid as insurance fee which is refundable, the municipality’s statement said.


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