Jafza to manage building permits

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza), and not the Dubai Municipality, will be the regulatory authority for all construction and building works carried out on the two Palm islands.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 14, 2004

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza), and not the Dubai Municipality, will be the regulatory authority for all construction and building works carried out on the two Palm islands. The initial reclamation work on the Palm at Jumeirah has been completed. Work on the various buildings on the site is expected to start shortly. According to a senior official of Nakheel, the developer of the two man-made islands, Jafza will grant all regulatory approvals for any designs, whether it is for the construction and building of the apartments, villas or the hotels or any other structure by Nakheel itself or by independent owners. Dubai Municipality’s role extends to overseeing easy access to the two reclaimed Palms. The architectural design of various buildings like the villas and hotels constructed by independent owners, will have to conform to the themes set by Nakheel, said Wahid Attalla, company director of operations. This is to ensure that all structures are in harmony and in conformity with the overall themed effect of the islands and that there is no jarring effect for these upmarket waterfront developments, the Nakheel official added. The engineering department of Nakheel will first approve the developments and designs and say whether they are in conformity with the overall theme. It will then forward the proposed designs for final regulatory approval by Jafza. Attalla said the overall theme, master planning and concept design of the islands has been set by Helman, Charvat Peacock Architects. (HHCP), a Florida-based architectural design firm. Compact discs with all the relevant building regulations and guidelines have been provided to the companies that have bought plots to develop on their own on the islands. “So far there has been 100% compliance with the overall theme and design of the Palms,” Attalla reported.

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