Abu Dhabi government departments sign agreement to speed up construction licenses

MoU will bolster efforts to provide integrated services

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities and Abu Dhabi Civil Defence have signed an agreement to bolster their efforts to provide integrated services, in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan, it has been announced.

According to a report by WAM, the agreement will see the two parties form a joint technical team that will review all site plans with the ultimate objective of following the best international practices in providing ‘excellent and hassle-free government services to developers, as well as owners.’

The report added that the step was also in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi’s leadership, with regards to reducing time for issuing construction licenses. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, and Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi, chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities.

“This MoU is in line with the efforts of our leadership aimed at increasing revenue efficiency and speeding up procedures of site plans revision and approval to ensure that they meet the set security and safety conditions,” said Al Rumaithi.

In addition, the agreement will make use of the departments’ capabilities to increase revenues, cut costs, achieve sustainable development and improve life quality, thus enhancing Abu Dhabi’s global competitiveness.

Al Ahbabi also highlighted the cooperation between the two departments, who have worked together to develop policies and monitoring procedures, so as to achieve an integrated and sustainable system for urban planning and development.

The agreement will also speed up and facilitate the construction license issuance procedures, he added.


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