Dubai’s tenants complain of noise at night from construction sites

Tenants living in Dubai buildings are facing sleepless nights these days, thanks to the sound of jackhammers and construction equipments which are used across sites. A whopping 898 complaints have been made by the tenants to the Dubai Municipality over building violations.

People in Dubai are facing problems due to sound of jackhammers and machinery used at construction sites during night.
People in Dubai are facing problems due to sound of jackhammers and machinery used at construction sites during night. Photo courtesy: constructionweekonline.com

These complaints have been lodged in the first three months of 2017. On an average, about 10 complaints have been made per day- which is a high number considering that less than six complaints were made daily last year.

Though the municipality has set a limit from 7am to 8pm for construction work, and the sound limit at 55 decibels,  these rules are flouted repeatedly.

The construction companies can request permits to carry out their work at night till the early hours of the morning as long as they are below the decibel range.

To ensure compliance of the rules, Layali Abdulrahman Al Mulla, Director of Buildings Department at Dubai Municipality, said that her team has carried out 379 field visits till April 1, 2017.

She also added, “The necessary technical reports have been submitted. These are the handling of public complaints and complaints regarding violations of existing buildings during public holidays and outside working hours, as well as the requests of some government agencies such as the Dispute Settlement Center.”

A whopping 898 complaints have been made by the tenants to the Dubai Municipality over building violations.
About 898 complaints were made by the tenants to the Dubai Municipality over building violations. Photo courtesy: cinet-tech

People living in Dubai facing any problems related to noise at construction sites are urged to contact Dubai Municipality’s toll-free number 800 900.

In 2015, Dubai Municipality received 2,124 registered complaints — a little less than six daily — of violations, cases in which companies were not abiding by safety regulations at the construction sites and reports of noise caused by construction work at night.

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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