UAE fire code 2016 reportedly delayed to May

Dubai Civil Defence's director said a new list of standards and requirements will be applied for UAE high-rises in May

UAE's fire code is being updated following the January fire at The Address Downtown hotel.
UAE's fire code is being updated following the January fire at The Address Downtown hotel.

UAE's upcoming Fire and Life Safety Code 2016 has reportedly been delayed until next month. 

The new set of regulations follows the country's 2011 fire code, which is being revamped after the high-profile fire at The Address Downtown hotel on New Year's Eve. 

According to Arabian Business, citing Al Bayan, Dubai Civil Defence's director said a new list of standards and requirements will be applied for UAE high-rise buildings in May. 

Maj. Gen. Ex. Rashid Thani Al Matroushi said the new specifications would require installing a fire insulation layer in every two floors of the buildings to stop fires from spreading to the higher or lower floors.

The layers will include non-flammable material that isolated and maintains the fire in the existing two floors only, the report added. 

In March, it was reported that building owners will be required to renew their civil defense no-objection certificates (NOCs) on an annual basis under the new code, unlike the existing requirement of obtaining only one NOC upon construction completion.  

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