Fire safety is one of the top priorities of the UAE’s construction industry, and the sector's standards in the country have improved remarkably over the last few years.

In 2016, the UAE recorded a 31% year-on-year drop in fire accidents, the country’s Ministry of Interior revealed in February 2017.

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Officials confirmed in 2016 that an updated UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice would be launched to follow the standards and regulations that were initially launched in 2011.

Construction consultants and fire safety professionals have previously told Construction Week that the updated UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice will make the country’s built environment safer and more fire-proof.

Peter van Gorp, director of fire and life safety at UAE consultancy, AESG, has spoken to Construction Week about the notable safety features of the updated code.

In the following video, the first of a three-part series, van Gorp explains how the structure of the fire code has been updated for ease-of-understanding.