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UAE authority to run safety checks on Dubai’s buildings

The Address Downtown Dubai
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The country’s civil defence authority is set to carry out a safety review of every building in Dubai after the New Year’s Eve’s skyscraper fire

The survey aims to identify those structures which could pose a safety risk and property owners could be forced to pay to make their building’s fireproof.

The authority has also announced that the country’s fire code will be updated in March. Among the updates will be a requirement for developers to employ an independent consultant to oversee the build process from the first foundations to a year after the building is completed.

The safety checks have been brought in after concerns about the construction of some of the city’s buildings following last month’s hotel fire.

The Address Downtown Dubai‎ – designed by Atkins and completed in 2008 – was engulfed by flames after a fire started on its 20th floor.

The blaze – which started at about 9pm local time – spread quickly up the building and was finally extinguished on 1 January. There were no fatalities but 14 people sustained injuries.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated and a report is expected at the end of the month.

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