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Sharjah strips buildings of fire hazard claddings

The Sharjah Municipality continued its Dh100-million campaign to remove fire hazard cladding from buildings in the emirate.

In the first phase of the fire safety scheme, 40 high-risk buildings were stripped of cladding deemed as fire hazards.

Sharjah has identified 203 residential and commercial buildings where flammable cladding needs to be removed and replaced with fire-resistant materials.

The scheme was launched under the directives of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, in an effort to reduce building fires in the emirate. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

According to Sharjah Municipality, authorities work closely with building owners to carry out revamps. Since 2018, Sharjah has made it mandatory for all new buildings to be fitted with non-combustible cladding.

Buildings constructed before this period were not obligated to change their cladding. Sharjah has seen some of the biggest building fires in the UAE, including the 2020 fire that razed the Abbco Tower. ICA/Expat Media

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