Abu Dhabi’s Future Buildings To Be Safer And Better Protected
The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) participated in the Middle East Fire and Safety Conference taking place in Dubai from September 27 to 29, 2010. During the 1st day of the conference, the DMA put forward two presentations; the first discussed the Development and Implementation of the Abu Dhabi International Building Codes, while the second was more specific to fire safety and discussed the Enhanced Technical Aspects of the 2009 International Fire Code.
The DMA's participation at the conference comes in line with its soon to be introduced and implemented stringent regulation that will make buildings in Abu Dhabi safer and better protected against fire. The introduction of the new Building Codes regulation are a major step forward for the Emirate's construction industry and place a high priority on health and safety.
Commenting on the participation, H.E. Ahmed Shareef, Undersecretary of Department of Municipal Affairs said: "Our participation is crucial for our ongoing efforts to establishing comprehensive construction standards that deliver better, safer, greener and more sustainable buildings. The new set of Building Codes includes an International Fire Code which requires all buildings to follow international standards of fire safety."
In his introduction speech, Eng. Ali Bukair, DMA's Manager-Abu Dhabi Building codes Development, noted that the DMA is working on a wide variety of regulations, codes, systems and processes that will introduce best practice and international standards to the Emirate and support its future growth and enhance its safety.
"One of the most significant changes is the introduction of the new Building Codes which will unify construction standards across the Emirate and bring many benefits to everyone working and living in the Emirate," said Bukair.
In his presentation, Eng. Ali gave a brief background on the development of the Building Codes in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi highlighting past and current challenges. He also addressed the need to improve construction practices in the Emirate.
Mr. Roy Elliott, DMA-Abu Dhabi International Codes Council, was more focused on the Fire Code in his presentation. He started by describing the enhanced life safety issues of the International Fire Code pertaining to super high rise and other buildings, and addressed the application and affects of these measures. Mr. Elliott then discussed how these measures will enhance the overall occupant safety.
"As the biggest change to the municipal system in many years, the new Building Codes will enhance fire safety for all and better protect lives and property across the Emirate. As guided by our leaders and the Emirates' 2030 vision, we are working hard to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi," concluded Shareef.