New law introduced to tidy up Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the municipality, told 7DAYS yesterday the new law has been endorsed by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and municipality heads are working so that inspectors can start enforcing the rules.

Under the law, municipal officers will be given powers to punish people for offences such as abandoning cars on the street, installing unauthorised billboards, camping without a licence and installing additional satellite dishes.

The law also covers other activities deemed harmful to the city’s appearance or to public health. These include any activities or violations at swimming pools, slaughterhouses and restaurants that could cause a public disturbance.

Officers will be able to hand out fines to offenders.

“The new law gives expanded powers to our inspectors who will now be authorised to impose fines ranging from Dhs200 to Dhs100,000 to violators,” said Al Rumaithi.

He noted that inspectors had previously faced problems enforcing regulations due to the absence of a clearly defined penalty system.

“The new law will remove all these obstacles and problems,” Al Rumaithi said.

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New law introduced to tidy up Abu Dhabi

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