Rapid pace is impacting standards

The speed of development in Dubai is leading to major faults in projects being overlooked.

The speed of development in Dubai is leading to major faults in projects being overlooked.

The claim was made by surveyors at Reyam International, which carries out safety inspections of buildings in the city.

The company has a team of engineers who survey commercial, residential and industrial properties for hazards and faults.

Martin Daly, chief executive officer, Reyam, said that the need for projects to be completed at rapid pace was leading to sub-standard finishes on some new builds.

"Sometimes properties are not completed properly," he said. "There are items which are overlooked when they are signed off. Sometimes the electrical wiring is not up to standard, or we've seen drainage on the HVAC systems that doesn't actually go outside the wall, they just go to the wall so they're dripping inside."

Daly added that Reyam's surveys had discovered numerous faults in industrial and commercial properties.

"We can assess whether there is a potential cause of fire or a flood and it is very difficult for a factory owner to see this because often the faults are hidden.

"It's hard to identify whether there is an overload on pump motors or whether there's disconnected distribution panels without using thermal imaging."

But Daly disagreed that the quality of building projects in Dubai was worse than other places in the world. "I think the problems we are finding are not just inherent to Dubai, it's just part of the nature of industrial development."

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