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"Tower cranes cannot be operated" during heavy rain, strong winds

Exclusive: Azizi Developments' Mohamed Ragheb Hussein, on the impact of rain on construction activities and being "prepared"

Azizi Developments stopped operating tower cranes for 'some time' during rain. [representational]
Azizi Developments stopped operating tower cranes for 'some time' during rain. [representational]

Heavy rains followed by strong winds continued to hinder day-to-day activities in the UAE, and construction stakeholders including developers and contractors witnessed minor disruptions in activities at construction sites, as Construction Week speaks to Dubai-based Azizi Developments on how heavy rains affected work across its projects.

“Tower cranes cannot be operated when winds are too strong, so we had stopped ours for some time”, the executive director of engineering division at Azizi Developments, Mohamed Ragheb Hussein told Construction Week.

Hussein said: “The only activities that heavy rain and wind impact are the operating of cranes and open air construction”, adding “we’ve prepared for these weather conditions ahead of the season.”

“We also don't perform any activities that are outdoors, to ensure the safety and well-being of our construction site workers, in the hours where wind and rain are heavy.”

Hussein told Construction Week that none of Azizi Developments' projects across Dubai were water-logged, “as proper drainage precautions” were implemented.

However, a drain on the roof floor at the developer’s Plaza in Al Furjan incurred, “a minor blockage”, which Hussein said "was fixed in an hour of it happening".

“All activities are now running smoothly, with no water-logging issues, across all of our projects.”

Azizi Developments has equipped its construction sites with shaded areas and portable cabins, where the workers can take shade during extreme weather conditions, including strong winds and heavy rain.

Commenting on the developer’s preparedness for the weather condition, Hussein said that it had moved all construction materials in safe and proper locations.

“Light objects were either fixed properly or removed and stored in indoor spaces.”

In his advice to contractors and fellow developers, Hussein said: “It is essential for developers and contractors to perform adequate contingency and recovery planning, as well as to continuously monitor all sites.”

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