DM wants to wipe out ‘dirty’ buildings before Expo

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DM wants to wipe out ‘dirty’ buildings before Expo 2020 Staff Reporter / 25 March 2014 Building Department of the Dubai Municipality intensifies inspections, urges owners to beautify/repair structures. Dusty and dull-looking buildings in Dubai are likely to be a thing of the past soon as owners are being asked to go for a makeover in a new campaign aimed at beautifying the emirate in the run-up to Expo 2020. New or old buildings located along the Metro lines and on key roads are mainly targeted in the beautification drive launched by the Building Department of the Dubai Municipality. The department has intensified inspections of buildings to check whether they are up to the mark according to Dubai’s global status as part of efforts to maintain the aesthetic beauty and positive image of the city, and in preparation for the upcoming Expo 2020, the civic body said on Monday. Khalid Mohammed Salah, director of the department, said the campaign, fielding all manpower at the department including engineers and inspectors, would be focusing on all buildings in the emirate in general and on those in key areas in particular. Jaber Ahmed Al Ali, head of the Building Inspection Section, said the department has issued notices to many building owners to carry out necessary maintenance or painting works or cleaning of the building façades. He said inspections had been intensified in the buildings situated on both sides of Red and Green Lines of Dubai Metro. The department’s efforts have seen positive results as many owners responded spontaneously to act according to civic body’s instructions. The official pointed out that the civic body has high concerns over buildings which are poorly constructed or abandoned midway of construction as they are considered black marks in a city which is advancing to newer heights. According to him, the inspectors at the civic body are routinely inspecting such buildings including the abandoned ones and duly issuing notices to the owners. Al Ali also urged the public to support the municipality’s efforts to make Dubai a beautiful city ahead of Expo 2020 by notifying about bad practices to its call centre 800900 and by doing modifications and necessary beautifications in their buildings. For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →

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