'No fire safety issue with cladding on buildings'
The delayed UAE fire safety code, now set to be published in May, will set out tough new measures including fines
There is no fire safety issue with the exterior cladding on buildings in the emirates, unless they are of poor quality or improperly installed, the director of Dubai Civil Defence said.
Maj Gen Rashid Al Matroushi, was quoted by The National, as saying: "We are addressing bad construction practices, but civil defence officers cannot monitor every step of the process.
"Where is the official going to be when they are installing something on the high floors.
"However, we, along with Dubai Municipality, will conduct regular checks."
The delayed UAE fire safety code will set out tough new measures including fines for building consultants who use non-regulation materials in construction.
Al Matrooshi said fines would be imposed on building contractors should faulty fire safety material, including flammable cladding, be discovered on "new" buildings across the emirates.
"These fines will be very strict because we want to prevent any bad installation of fire safety material in buildings," he said.
"If civil defence discovers any failure in fixing of the material then the consultant will be held responsible. This will also be specified for fixing of cladding material.
"There were other different categories of fines before but now it will also be specified for installation. It is not just cladding that can be the proble, but also poor installation."
The new UAE fire safety codey is now set to be published in May following delays.