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Abu Dhabi Crackdown on Illegal Constructions in Residential Neighborhoods

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have carried out a thorough crackdown on unauthorised buildings in residential neighbourhoods on Abu Dhabi Island.

In a comprehensive five-day operation, Abu Dhabi authorities, led by the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, executed a determined crackdown on illegal constructions in residential neighborhoods on Abu Dhabi Island. 

The initiative aimed to ensure compliance with construction regulations and permits.

Emphasis on Permits and Licensing:

The campaign primarily targeted landlords and tenants who had violated construction rules governing residential spaces. 

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality emphasized that partitions, housing units, and external constructions must always be carried out with the requisite licenses and permits.

Overcrowding in residential areas was a focal point of the crackdown. 

According to Law No. 8 of 2019, a residential unit is considered overcrowded when its occupancy exceeds the limits set by its area and provided facilities. 

Violations of these regulations can result in substantial fines, with penalties reaching up to Dh1 million.

Rigorous Field Inspections:

Municipal inspectors conducted rigorous inspections of residences and building signage to verify compliance with construction regulations. 

The goal was to identify any violations and take appropriate action.

A particular focus of the operation was targeting unlicensed housing units, which often consist of multiple small rooms for rent. 

The municipality stressed that these unauthorized units and practices harm the emirate, including contributing to unwarranted population growth, altering the emirate’s landscape, and posing risks to public health and safety.

Promoting Community Safety:

The crackdown on illegal constructions is part of a broader effort to ensure community safety and uphold regulatory standards. 

Heightened field inspections are a crucial part of this strategy, aimed at maintaining the well-being of residents and the integrity of residential areas.

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