Top five facts about UAE’s 2017 fire code revealed

Written by Neha Bhatia

Awaited since the beginning of 2016, the new code was launched by Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) officials speaking at the Intersec Fire Safety Conference, being held on the exhibition’s first day.

Speaking at the event, Lt Taher Hassan Altaher, head of DCD’s inspection and permitting section, said the 1,384-page code – 677 pages longer than its 2011 version – has been prepared based on international references and feedback from consultants, contractors, and local property developers.

Alexander Castellanos, deputy head of fire and life safety at multi-disciplinary consultancy, WSP, told ConstructionWeekOnline that the updated code “is intended to make requirements more straightforward and provide clarity for qualified fire safety professionals”.

He continued: “It is relevant to note that the 2017 edition is not necessarily a new code, but an update of the 2011 [UAE Fire and Life Safety Code].

“Similar to codes in other countries and jurisdictions, it includes requirements based on lessons learned from buildings that are in operation, new technologies, and fire events within recent years.

“A major overhaul has been implemented to classify buildings according to their risk profiles and associated fire and life safety requirements,” Castellanos added.

The following pages outline the top five features of the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code 2017, including stakeholder responsibilities, the code’s enforcement timeline, and cladding, as explained by Castellanos during his conversation with ConstructionWeekOnline.

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