Sunday, January 28, 2007

Fixed times for construction?

According to a statement in Emirates Today's lead story, there are fixed working times for construction companies.

"The working hours of construction companies are from 6am to 8pm."

That's news to me!

None other than the head of the engineering supervision section of the Building Department of Dubai Municipality is the source. Fawzi Mohammed Al Shahi is the gentleman in question, and if anyone knows the rules it would be him.

He goes on: "Any company that wants to work for more than this has to get permission from our section. In this case, we study the request and see if is going to disturb the residents. If it doesn't, then we grant them permission for extra hours."

If there is a complaint, inspectors are sent to measure the noise levels. The story says that levels of noise should not rise above 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night, as per international standards. It goes on to say that these figures are quieter than a normal conversation between two people, which is said to generally hit levels between 60 and 70 decibels.


Is there any construction site in Dubai that doesn't work after 8pm? Driving around in the evening I see the vast majority of sites still working well after 8pm. I'm surrounded by them too, and I can't think of more than one or two that aren't going through the night. Did they all apply for and receive permission?

I'll add it to my examples of laws not being enforced.

Emirates Today story

1 comment:

nzm said...

That's the funniest thing that I've read this year!

Only on Thursday nights can I recall construction around the marina being quiet enough to sleep without being woken every hour!

We've been staying with friends who live on Sunset Beach just north of the JBH.

du has erected a very tall and white antenna right outside their villa, and it has an incredibly noisy generator attached to it which goes 24/7. I can't believe that they can get away with doing this - it makes sleeping there practically impossible. :-(

It's also the first time that I've recognised that antennas need generators.