Three Saudi malls could close for poor fire safetyby Neha Bhatia on Jan 20, 2016
Three shopping malls in Jeddah face closure after their commercial licenses were revoked by the country's Civil Defense.
The authority reportedly found health and safety violations at each mall during Jeddah Municipality inspections at the facilities.
Owners of each shopping centre did not respond to the municipal body's warning notices, which can lead to fines worth up to $13,333 (SAR50,000).
According to Saudi Gazette, citing Makkah Arabic daily, a source said owners warned by the municipality also risk partial or full closure of their businesses by ignoring the warnings.
Violations detected at the mall included locked emergency exits and faults in fire extinguishers and hoses in parking areas.
Deadlines have been assigned to the shopping centres in order to rectify the recorded violations.
The report said Makkah Governorate, Jeddah Municipality, and the Civil Defense will form a committee to follow up on the case.
Permanent closure of the malls can be recommended if the committee is displeased with follow-up measures.
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