Abu Dhabi demolishes 220 health hazard buildings

The buildings are a breeding ground for pests, say authorities

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. 24 September 2017. Abandoned building in Mussafah. (Photo: Antonie Robertson/The National) Journalist: Haneen Dajani. Section: National.
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Hundreds of buildings deemed a health hazard have been demolished in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Municipality has razed 220 sites considered eyesores as part of a safety crackdown.

The abandoned buildings are considered a danger to neighbourhood safety and security, and a breeding grounds for insects and rodents.

The demolitions were scheduled on Abu Dhabi island, its fishing port, sectors West 50 and East 14, the Free Zone and Al Samha.

A further 272 buildings have been approved for demolition, while 37 are currently being pulled down. Two are under examination.

Staff from the municipality regularly test abandoned buildings.

Owners of populated buildings that mar the appearance of the city are given notices for improvement. Should they fail to make changes within the stated period, they are referred to the Office of the Municipality’s Attorney.


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