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Government report shows 461 multi-storey buildings are under construction in Dubai

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By  Colin Foreman Published  August 21, 2004

a total of 461 multi-storey buildings are currently under construction in Dubai, which will add some 3252 apartments, 536 shops, 330 offices and 55 hotel buildings to the emirate, according to figures released by Dubai Municipality’s Building and Housing Department. Mohammed Abdullah Al Tawhidi, director of the department that regulates construction activities in Dubai, add that 206 buildings are in Deira offering a total of 3207 apartments. Apart from the multi-storey buildings, there are 4747 other buildings currently under construction in Dubai, of which 2441 are in Deira, 2051 in Bur Dubai and 255 in rural areas. Al Tawhidi added that the construction of some 578 buildings had been completed in Dubai during the second quarter of this year (April to June 2004) at a total cost of over Dhs 2.24 billion. The second quarterly report of the Building Control Section for this year shows that 258 buildings were completed in Deira, 312 in Bur Dubai and eight buildings in rural areas. Of these, 393 are villas, 85 are industrial or service buildings and 100 are investment properties including one hotel and 99 multi-storey apartment buildings that consist of 1394 apartments, 395 shops, 376 offices and 80 hotel rooms. During the period under review, the section carried out some 28 465 transactions, of which 22 075 transactions were processed by the Engineering Supervision Unit, 5384 by the Inspection Unit, and 1006 by the Rural Inspection Unit. The Engineering Supervision Unit processed 697 transactions of completed buildings, 66 related to disputes, 95 for changing of the contractor, 65 related to the replacement of consultants, 50 for getting utility connections and 1138 applications were related to the reimbursement of the deposit. The unit also issued 169 fines for violations of building rules and specifications and retained 37 caution deposits for breach of commitments on the part of the contractors. Also during the second quarter of 2004, inspectors of the Building Inspection Unit conducted 5384 spot checks at various construction sites. They imposed 225 fines and issued 1762 warnings to various firms and individuals for violating the construction rules and regulations. The Rural Inspection Unit issued two fines and 65 warning notices against erring firms. The Safety and Demolition Sub-unit carried out 45 demolitions in various parts of the emirate, of which six buildings were demolished for development purposes while the rest were dilapidated buildings, shabby houses or buildings erected in violation of safety rules.

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