Sharjah Al Naba’ah area.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – A new crackdown on messy balconies in Sharjah is going to slap violators with a fine of Dh500, according to the Sharjah Municipality.
Thabit Al Taraifi, director-general of Sharjah Municipality, said a massive awareness campaign is underway to remind residents to keep their balconies clean.
Al Taraifi said residents have been told against hanging clothes, installing satellite dishes and storing items on their balconies.
The official said that following the awareness drive, a massive crackdown and inspection campaign will follow.
Al Taraifi said that offenders will be fined Dh500. The fine will be doubled in case of non-payment.
The official said that using balconies as storerooms is not only unsightly but could also endanger children’s safety.
In the UAE, more than 100 cases of children falling from balconies have been reported in the last few years.
The Sharjah Municipality also said that building managers and owners have been ordered to ban signages and notices put up at building entrances.
The municipality said violators will be fined Dh250, with the fine doubled to Dh500 in case of non-payment.
The public may report any violations by calling the municipality hotline 993. ICA/Expat Media
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