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26,000 buildings under construction in Dubai

Dubai Municipality says construction activities in the city are at a new high

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There are more than 26,000 buildings under construction across Dubai, the buildings department of Dubai Municipality (DM) has said, indicating that construction activities in the city seem to have hit a new high.

In a report by Gulf News, Dubai Municipality said that there are 16,870 developers’ villas, 1,238 multi-storied buildings, 770 general buildings, 737 industrial buildings and 6,111 private villas currently under construction in the city.

In the first quarter of this year, the number of buildings under the municipality’s supervision has risen to 110,000, out of which 26,653 buildings are under construction, said Layali Al Mulla, director of DM’s Building Department.

Al Mulla added that 3,360 buildings have been completed form the beginning of this year, until the end of March. 2,296 of these buildings are investment villas, while 103 are multi-storey buildings. There are 783 private villas, 67 industrial buildings, 47 general buildings and 65 high-rise buildings also included in the list of completed buildings.

She said that the new buildings cover an area of 33,470,772sqft, while the multi-storied buildings occupy 5,313,909 sqft. Investment villas occupy 7,420,682sqft.

Al Mulla also said that the Engineering Supervision Section inspectors had carried out more than 18,840 construction site inspections on buildings under construction. Permits were issued against 4,157 applications for transporting fresh sand, while the section also received 927 applications for the transfer of sand.

“The inspectors visited 292 consulting offices for field inspections. The number of registered contracting companies has reached 7,200 and 397 new contractors have been approved, in addition to upgrading 58 companies. The inspectors of the Consultants and Contractors Qualification and Registration Section carried out about 1,634 inspection visits,” she said.

The total number of the suppliers and manufacturers of ready-made concrete registered in the Building Department registry has reached 60 companies while two companies were newly approved as suppliers of ready-made concrete, the report added.

“During the first quarter of this year, the Building Permits and Systems Section received 20,067 requests for new construction, which included 5,180 private villas, 3,820 investment villas, 3,975 multi-storied buildings, 2,582 industrial buildings and 2,310 high rise buildings. Out of this, 11,139 applications were completed, which included 1,863 multi-storied buildings, 3,330 private villas, 2,708 investment villas, 1,038 industrial buildings and 1,038 establishments,” concluded Al Mulla.

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