Inspection of safety measures in residential buildings intensified

ABU DHABI - Civil Defence authorities have intensified inspection of residential buildings so as to ensure they match up to the safety conditions and requirements, Lt. Gen. Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, Under-secretary of the Ministry of Interior, told Khaleej Times on Wednesday.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Fri 29 Aug 2008, 1:36 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:11 PM

Al Shafar said the blaze that broke out in a Dubai villa on Tuesday claiming 11 workers, was very unfortunate, and added that the cause of the fire was being investigated.

The official warned that landlords who failed to comply with safety conditions in their buildings, would be referred to the Public Prosecution.

Lt. Gen. Al Shafar reiterated that those who violated residency laws, were exposing their own lives as well as that of others, to danger since most of them tend to reside in houses that are unfit to stay in.

Meanwhile, Dr Jawan bin Salim Al Dhaheri, Head of the Municipal Affairs Department in Abu Dhabi, told Khaleej Times that municipalities all across the country were cracking down on landlords whose residential buildings flouted safety regulations.

Al Dhaheri also said that any landlord who wants to erect partitions in his house would first have to get an approval from the civic body's engineering authority.

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