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Dubai to back up power after mall blackout

The new law comes following last week’s blackout that affected Dubai Mall and parts of the Downtown Dubai district

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Dubai has established a committee that will enforce a decree requiring all real estate developers, companies and other stakeholders to install back-up power generators at major projects in Dubai.

Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai issued a decree last week that makes it mandatory for huge buildings and landmark projects to install additional power generators to guarantee round the clock power supply.

The new law comes following last week’s blackout that affected Dubai Mall and parts of the Downtown Dubai district.

The new committee, headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will follow up and implement the order.

:This important decision will benefit all stakeholders, as it will help avoid electricity interruptions that might occur due to any malfunctions in major developments and tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings, ensuring work is not interrupted at these buildings,” said Al Tayer.

Dewa has sent a circular requiring the installation of back-up power generators in major buildings and landmarks, such as tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings in Dubai.

This is to ensure that they have the necessary power in emergencies for public security and safety reasons, and to ensure the comfort and well-being of society and the public at large.

The circular states that the capacity of the back-up generators should be sufficient to cover lighting, elevators, escalators, automatic doors, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and fire and safety equipment.

These back-up generators must be properly maintained to ensure that they work when needed, in an effective and timely manner, according to best safety practices.

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