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RERA begins replacement of Dubai façades to boost fire safety

The agency is also urging owners and real estate developers in Dubai to collaborate on replacing façades that lack fire-resistance

Façades that are not fire-resistant are being replaced by Dubai's Real Estate Regulatory Agency [representational image].
Façades that are not fire-resistant are being replaced by Dubai's Real Estate Regulatory Agency [representational image].

Dubai's Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) has started replacing building façades to improve fire-resistance in the emirate. 

Key properties where RERA's programme has been implemented include Dubai Properties Group's Executive Towers, Vision Tower, and Bay Square developments, in the city's Business Bay neighbourhood (pictured). 

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The authority is also urging all building owners to "replace non-fire-resistant building façades in collaboration with the city's real estate developers". 

Through the programme, RERA, the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department (DLD), is targeting façades that lack necessary levels of fire-resistance. 

RERA's project is based on the security, safety, and environmental requirements implemented by Dubai Municipality and the Civil Defense Department. 

Mohammed Khalifa bin Hammad, senior director of RERA's real estate regulatory department, said the move supports DLD's organisational priorities.

READ: WSP is 'working with clients on new UAE fire code'

He added: "By replacing building facades that do not comply with our fire resistance safety requirements, we are supporting DLD's vision of making Dubai the world’s safest and securest residential and investment destination."

The project is aimed at taking proactive and preventative measures to reduce the incidence of fire accidents in the emirate.

 

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