New rule dictates major buildings in Dubai to have back-up power generators

All tourist attractions in Dubai will have to install back-up power generators, according to a Dubai government directive, Arabian Business reports.

The order comes after Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, was plunged into darkness last week. The lights went out and escalators stopped working at about 7.15pm local time. Power was restored by 9.15pm.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority managing director and chief executive officer Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer will head a committee that will oversee real estate developers, companies and other relevant stakeholders to make sure they install back-up generators at major projects.

“This important decision will benefit all stakeholders, as it will help avoid electricity interruptions that might occur due to any malfunctions in major developments and tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings, ensuring that work is not interrupted at these buildings,” he said.

The government circular, according to WAM, will ensure all major buildings and landmarks will have the necessary power in emergencies for public security and safety reasons.

It also stated the capacity of these generators should be sufficient to cover lighting, elevators, escalators, automatic doors, surveillance cameras, alarm systems and fire and safety equipment.

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