Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
April 12, 2011- Dubai, United Arab Emirates More than 400 buildings in the emirate have been earmarked for demolition by the municipality. These are examples of some of the buildings Courtesy Dubai Municipality
April 12, 2011- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
More than 400 buildings in the emirate have been earmarked for 
demolition by the municipality.
These are examples of some of the buildings

Courtesy Dubai Municipality
April 12, 2011- Dubai, United Arab Emirates More than 400 buildings in the emirate have been earmarked for demolition by the municipality. These are examples of some of the buildings Courtesy Dubai Municipality
April 12, 2011- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
More than 400 buildings in the emirate have been earmarked for 
demolition by the municipality.
These are examples of some of the buildings

Courtesy Dubai Municipality
April 12, 2011- Dubai, United Arab Emirates More than 400 buildings in the emirate have been earmarked for demolition by the municipality. These are examples of some of the buildings Courtesy Dubai Municipality
April 12, 2011- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
More than 400 buildings in the emirate have been earmarked for 
demolition by the municipality.
These are examples of some of the buildings

Courtesy Dubai Municipality
More than 400 derelict, abandoned, or unfinished buildings in Dubai have been placed on the municipality's target list. Photos courtesy Dubai Municipality
More than 400 derelict, abandoned, or unfinished buildings in Dubai have been placed on the municipality's target list. Photos courtesy Dubai Municipality

Unsafe buildings in Dubai face demolition

Owners of more than 400 buildings will be given six months to demolish or restore them before Dubai Municipality intervenes.

DUBAI // More than 400 buildings in Dubai have been earmarked for possible demolition.

The director general of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, issued the directive to demolish unlicensed, dilapidated and abandoned properties so that the remaining building stock complies with existing standards.

Once notified, owners of the buildings involved will be given six months to demolish, restore or complete construction of their properties.

The buildings in question have been labelled as dangerous, poorly maintained or abandoned, said Omar Mohammed Abdulrahman, the head of inspections at the municipality's buildings department.

"This figure [400] is too high and that is why we must take immediate action," said Mr Abdulrahman.

"Thorough inspections found some buildings too old and dangerous to the public and their health.

"Sometimes, crimes are happening in these buildings because doors are left open. They become unsafe and unclean."

A committee of engineers formed by the buildings department will handle decisions about the fate of each building on the list after considering technical and aesthetic details on a case-by-case basis.

Owners whose buildings are on the list will be required to make payments into a fund intended to ensure implementation of the committee's rulings.

Owners will be allowed to rebuild on the land, provided strict guidelines are followed.

Craig Plumb, the head of research at the property services company Jones Lang Lasalle, said: "We predicted a top trend of 2011 would be the importance of property management and maintenance, and the market is taking notice of this issue.

"It is good the municipality is being proactive because there is also more supply than demand."

Mr Plumb said it would be interesting to see the social implications of the new process, and also what would happen to existing tenants.

"Many new buildings are available and reducing the supply level will be positive for the market and good for the public because they will have better options," he claimed.

"But the question is: where will tenants go if they can't afford more than they are already paying?"

He said property management was still under-appreciated by many owners, and it made sense for owners to invest more in maintenance and facilities so they could keep and attract clients.

Ali al Suwaidi, a board member of the Middle East Facility Management Association (Mefma), said more regulation was needed. "In every city you'll find poorly managed buildings and there is a gap in the number of competent people in facilities management."

Mefma was formed in 2009 to regulate standards in the market. It has grown to a 200-plus membership representing more than 35 companies.

"Owners should put clients' needs first in service, safety and requirements," Mr al Suwaidi said. "With our climate, for example, it will be very bad if it is not maintained. Lifts must be checked, waste managed all of these issues. Maintenance should be included in the package."

The buildings department also announced some changes in the certificate and licence process for property owners.

melshoush@thenational.ae

   

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Shah Rukh Khan performs at the IPL Gala dinner to open IPL VII at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi.

In pictures: Shah Rukh Khan stars at IPL Gala dinner in Abu Dhabi

The superstar entertainer Shah Rukh Khan on stage last night at a gala dinner to launch the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

Have a catchy caption for this picture. Share it with us and we might publish it and reward you.

 When this 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on June 17, it is expected to attract a world record bid for a single stamp of up to $20 million (Dh73.4m). Courtesy Sotheby’s

Rare 1856 stamp up for auction at Sotheby’s

This is one of the world’s rarest stamps and when it goes up for auction in June it should fetch $20million. Its history since it was issued in 1856 is fascinating – and includes one murderous chapter, as Jonathan Gornall reports

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets supporters after his arrival in Zahedan, the regional capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. During Mr Rouhani's two-day visit, he will tour several other cities and hold meetings with local scholars and entrepreneurs. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president is touring some of Iran's most underdeveloped provinces. Foreign correspondent Yeganeh Salehi is traveling with him.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National