Stricter Building Safety Rules to
be Implemented

ABU DHABI — New and renovated buildings in Abu Dhabi would have to comply with strict safety rules when the Capital’s new International Fire Code is implemented from early 2010, it was announced on Sunday.

The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) is implementing stringent processes and procedures to enforce the new codes across the emirate’s construction industry, a statement on official news agency Wam said.

“Ensuring safety for the community of Abu Dhabi is at the heart of everything we do,” said Rashid Al Hajeri, Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Chairman of the Building Codes Higher Council.

“The new family of building codes, including the fire code, requires all buildings to follow international standards of fire safety that will better protect the lives and property of our people across the emirate, in turn bringing about greater consistency in safety requirements.”

Ahmed Shareef, under-secretary of Department of Municipal Affairs, “Once the codes are implemented, a new era of safety will begin where buildings will be better equipped to resist fire, thus protecting the lives of its occupants.”

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