Dubai revises building code in wake of Arabtec demise

Dubai’s Executive Council, the emirate’s main legislative body, has revised its building code to reduce construction costs after the collapse of Arabtec (see further reading).

According to the Emirates News Agency, the revised code will streamline building rules and reduce costs by creating a one-stop shop for state licensing agencies.

Design requirements will become easier to navigate, and companies will be able to apply to multiple departments at once. The new code also creates a unified set of construction standards to promote "sustainable development and innovation in building design".

Image courtesy of Emirates News Agency

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s vice president, said: "Ensuring the well being of the public is one of the primary objectives of Dubai’s development strategy. By maintaining high levels of service efficiency and excellence, we seek to raise the welfare of Dubai’s citizens and residents, who are partners in the emirate’s development journey."

Top image: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (Wael Hneini/Unsplash)

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