New UAE fire code 'delayed until April'

A senior Dubai Civil Defense official has revealed that the new fire code is now set to be published next month

The Address Downtown hotel caught fire on New Year's Eve.
The Address Downtown hotel caught fire on New Year's Eve.

The UAE's new fire safety code will be delayed for one month to allow for additional revisions to be made, it has been reported.

Officials from Dubai Civil Defense announced at the beginning of 2016 that an updated UAE fire code - containing new regulations - would be published in March.

This announcement came in the aftermath of the New Year's Eve fire at The Address Downtown hotel.

However, a senior DCD official has revealed that the new code could take longer to finalise and is now set to be published next month, according to The National, as cited by Arabian Business.

Jamal Ahmed Ibrahim, director of the preventive safey department at DCD, said: "In the Address hotel nobody was badly hurt but we don't know what will happen the next time - to prevent that we need to work together.

"Saving the lives of people is our biggest concern. We are making regulations, updating the code, and if there is a mistake we will correct this."

The new code is expected to contain lists of approved construction materials - and any suppliers of non-approved materials will face prosecution for the first time. 

Owners will also be required to renew no-objection certificates (NOCs) from civil defence on an annual basis to ensure structures remain safe.

A comprehensive list of tests that must be carred out on a regular basis has also been added to the list, according to reports.


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