H.H. Sheikh Hamdan approves new 'building code' for Dubai

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Dubai has approved a new building code that outlines a revised set of construction rules and standards.

Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the code during a meeting of the Council in Al Khawaneej.

The Dubai Building Code will help create a unified set of standards that promote sustainable development and innovation in building design, while also reducing construction costs.

A one-stop-shop will be created for obtaining approval from Dubai’s licensing agencies and departments, which will ease procedures for consultants, contractors, developers, investors and owners.

By standardising requirements, the code will also speed up the completion of the design phase of projects. Investors can ensure compliance with all design requirements without checking with various departments individually.

The latest Executive Council meeting also reviewed the results of the Sixth Social Survey carried out by Dubai’s Community Development Authority in collaboration with the Dubai Statistics Centre.

Conducted biannually, the survey measures the performance of the social development sector in Dubai by assessing demographic, social and economic indicators. The results help evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programmes, provide key inputs to the development of strategies and better understand the requirements and opinions of the community. 

The main recommendations of the survey included developing initiatives to encourage Emiratis to get married and start families, devising housing solutions for young people that help them avoid mortgages and providing cost-effective educational offerings.

Sheikh Hamdan said easing the challenges faced by UAE citizens, residents and investors is one of the Dubai Government’s highest priorities.

He also highlighted the government’s commitment to continue developing its services to meet the needs and aspirations of society.

"By maintaining high levels of service efficiency and excellence, we seek to raise the welfare of Dubai’s citizens and residents, who are partners in the emirate’s development journey. Having this goal inspires us to be innovative and creative in developing services and initiatives that can create a better future," His Highness explained.

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