Dubai Municipality issues two week deadline for abandoned buildings

Owners warned to begin repairs or authorities will demolish buildings and fine owners

Dubai Municipality has warned owners of old buildings in Dubai that they have two weeks to begin repairs or demolitions of their buildings.

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Dubai Municipality has issued a two week deadline to owners of abandoned buildings in the city, warning them to begin repairs or face them being demolished.

The order is applicable to 16 buildings in Rashidiya, Abu Hail, Al Mizhar, Al Qusais, Al Hamriya, Al Quoz, Umm Suqiem, Ras Al Khore and Jebel Ali, the Municipality said in a statement.

The civic body has warned the listed owners of these buildings that if they fail to meet the deadline, the authorities will step in and demolish them. The owners will then have to pay the cost of the work, along with a 20% additional surcharge for administration costs.

Dubai Municipality said that the steps were being taken to maintain the ‘aesthetic beauty of the city, as well as to ensure the health and safety of the public’.

The authorities also pointed out that most of these abandoned buildings serve as a “hot-bed to insects and other creatures that risk health of the residents”.

Furthermore, in some instances, such buildings were found to be used by illegal people to carry out unlicensed business.

The Dubai Municipality has urged building owners to dial 800900 for more information.

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