Demolition notice for abandoned buildings in Abu Dhabi

Owners of abandoned buildings in Abu Dhabi have been ordered to demolish them or risk police intervention and fines.

Last week, the municipality issued demolition orders to 14 building owners and gave them two weeks to carry out the notice.

Failure to tear down the buildings within the allotted time could lead to police intervention, forced demolition and fines of between Dh1,000 and Dh50,000, depending on the size of the building, a municipality official said.

The orders come at a time when the municipality is clamping down on abandoned buildings because of the security threat they impose.

“Abandoned houses could be used for prostitution, or bootlegging,” an official said.

He said tearing the buildings down would keep absconding workers from taking advantage of them, young people taking part in illegal activities there and people potentially running illegal businesses from the premises.

“This is very risky, especially in residential areas, young people could go there to consume drugs behind their parents’ back, it could also house dangerous wild animals like dogs and scorpions.”

This year, the municipality carried out a similar campaign in the Muroor Zafaranah area.

“The owners (who did not demolish their buildings) were fined, until today they are receiving notifications to remove them,” he said.

The National visited some of the recently abandoned buildings in Mussaffah's M10 and M11 and found them to be derelict.

Rubbish and rat droppings littered a corridor leading to a dozen rooms on the second floor of a shabby building in M10.

A few shops on the ground floor were still in operation, however.


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Faisal Sayed, who was looking after a friend’s shop in the same building, said they have not had power for a while.

He said the rooms upstairs had been abandoned for about two months.

Dirty slippers were scattered around the building along with mattresses and a full water tank.

Mr Sayed said the workers who lived there all left after being involved in a court case.

A second building in the same area looked worse than the first. Birds flew through broken windows on the top floor and the shops downstairs were lined with a thick layer of dirt.

Among the abandoned items stood a broken washing machine filled with soaked clothes.

Outside, tyres were stacked on top of a pile of rubble and an old toilet was discarded in a pit.

Industrial diggers filled one of the shops on the ground floor. The door to another shop was left open with an abandoned office desk complete with dirty cups and sauces and a working fridge still in place.

Saif bin Darwish Al Kutbi, was one of the landlords whose name was included in the municipality ad, notifying him that he needed to demolish his property at M14.

He said the ad was a mistake.

Mr Al Kutbi’s property is used as a storage area for more than 100 cars trucks worth millions of dirhams.

He said the fence used to be old and shabby but he renovated it six months ago after receiving his first notice from the municipality posted on his shop fence.

“It has been maintained and renewed so they won’t demolish it. It is a store that has assets inside,” he said, adding that he did not contact the municipality because no one spoke to him directly.

“They did not speak to anyone or hand over the notification to the watchman or anything, they just pasted it on the door; it says that Civil Defence told them this was an unsafe place and should be rundown.

“This is an unprofessional way to notify an investor whose been there for decades.”

He added that the last plot of land mentioned in the ad under “no records” in M1 on plot P4 is owned by the municipality itself.

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Simon Nadim has completed 7,000 dives. 

The hardest dive in the UAE is the German U-boat 110m down off the Fujairah coast. 

As a child, he loved the documentaries of Jacques Cousteau

He also led a team that discovered the long-lost portion of the Ines oil tanker. 

If you are interested in diving, he runs the XR Hub Dive Centre in Fujairah


What is blockchain?

Blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology, a digital system in which data is recorded across multiple places at the same time. Unlike traditional databases, DLTs have no central administrator or centralised data storage. They are transparent because the data is visible and, because they are automatically replicated and impossible to be tampered with, they are secure.

The main difference between blockchain and other forms of DLT is the way data is stored as ‘blocks’ – new transactions are added to the existing ‘chain’ of past transactions, hence the name ‘blockchain’. It is impossible to delete or modify information on the chain due to the replication of blocks across various locations.

Blockchain is mostly associated with cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Due to the inability to tamper with transactions, advocates say this makes the currency more secure and safer than traditional systems. It is maintained by a network of people referred to as ‘miners’, who receive rewards for solving complex mathematical equations that enable transactions to go through.

However, one of the major problems that has come to light has been the presence of illicit material buried in the Bitcoin blockchain, linking it to the dark web.

Other blockchain platforms can offer things like smart contracts, which are automatically implemented when specific conditions from all interested parties are reached, cutting the time involved and the risk of mistakes. Another use could be storing medical records, as patients can be confident their information cannot be changed. The technology can also be used in supply chains, voting and has the potential to used for storing property records.

Dates for the diary

To mark Bodytree’s 10th anniversary, the coming season will be filled with celebratory activities:

  • September 21 Anyone interested in becoming a certified yoga instructor can sign up for a 250-hour course in Yoga Teacher Training with Jacquelene Sadek. It begins on September 21 and will take place over the course of six weekends.
  • October 18 to 21 International yoga instructor, Yogi Nora, will be visiting Bodytree and offering classes.
  • October 26 to November 4 International pilates instructor Courtney Miller will be on hand at the studio, offering classes.
  • November 9 Bodytree is hosting a party to celebrate turning 10, and everyone is invited. Expect a day full of free classes on the grounds of the studio.
  • December 11 Yogeswari, an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher, will be visiting the studio.
  • February 2, 2018 Bodytree will host its 4th annual yoga market.

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Favourite films: Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia

Favourite books: Start with Why by Simon Sinek and Good to be Great by Jim Collins

Favourite dish: Grilled fish

Inspiration: Sheikh Zayed's visionary leadership taught me to embrace new challenges.

Expo details

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia

The world fair will run for six months from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.

It is expected to attract 25 million visits

Some 70 per cent visitors are projected to come from outside the UAE, the largest proportion of international visitors in the 167-year history of World Expos.

More than 30,000 volunteers are required for Expo 2020

The site covers a total of 4.38 sqkm, including a 2 sqkm gated area

It is located adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South

UAE v Gibraltar

What: International friendly

When: 7pm kick off

Where: Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City

Admission: Free

Online: The match will be broadcast live on Dubai Exiles’ Facebook page

UAE squad: Lucas Waddington (Dubai Exiles), Gio Fourie (Exiles), Craig Nutt (Abu Dhabi Harlequins), Phil Brady (Harlequins), Daniel Perry (Dubai Hurricanes), Esekaia Dranibota (Harlequins), Matt Mills (Exiles), Jaen Botes (Exiles), Kristian Stinson (Exiles), Murray Reason (Abu Dhabi Saracens), Dave Knight (Hurricanes), Ross Samson (Jebel Ali Dragons), DuRandt Gerber (Exiles), Saki Naisau (Dragons), Andrew Powell (Hurricanes), Emosi Vacanau (Harlequins), Niko Volavola (Dragons), Matt Richards (Dragons), Luke Stevenson (Harlequins), Josh Ives (Dubai Sports City Eagles), Sean Stevens (Saracens), Thinus Steyn (Exiles)

Signs of heat stroke
  • The loss of sodium chloride in our sweat can lead to confusion and an altered mental status and slurred speech
  • Body temperature above 39°C
  • Hot, dry and red or damp skin can indicate heatstroke
  • A faster pulse than usual
  • Dizziness, nausea and headaches are also signs of overheating
  • In extreme cases, victims can lose consciousness and require immediate medical attention
2018 ICC World Twenty20 Asian Western Regional Qualifier

The top three teams progress to the Asia Qualifier

Final: UAE beat Qatar by nine wickets

Third-place play-off: Kuwait beat Saudi Arabia by five runs


1 UAE 5 5 0 10

2 Qatar 5 4 1 8

3 Saudi 5 3 2 6

4 Kuwait 5 2 3 4

5 Bahrain 5 1 4 2

6 Maldives 5 0 5 0

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