The updated version of the UAE’s Fire Safety and Life Protection Code 2017, has undergone major changes in its chapters and sections to accommodate evolving economic and urban developments in the UAE, said Major-General Jasim Al Marzouqi, Commander-General of Civil Defence, Ministry of Interior.
Major General Al Marzouqi, while informing Lt.-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior said these changes had been incorporated as per international best standards and practices as well as the response of civil defence to accidents. “The new cost-effective code, an update of the 2011 version, keeps abreast of the latest urban developments, locally and globally,” he added. The code was developed with public and private stakeholders to ensure the highest standards of safety and prevention from fires. The 1,384 page code – in Arabic and English – has 20 chapters, 784 illustrations and 256 tables.
Major-General Rashid Al Matroushi, Director-General of Dubai Civil Defence, said the code contains six main pillars: economic impact, global competitiveness, innovation and development, corporate partnership, shaping the future and local and global best practices.
Regarding the new requirements, the code will cover storage of flammable liquids and use of renewable energy, he added.
“The updated chapters include those related to fire doors, cladding in buildings, access for Civil Defence trucks to reduce incident response times and educating consultants, contractors and end-users on the latest modifications,” he said.