Buildings along Dubai Metro routes have been served notices to improve their external appearance.

Dubai Municipality’s (DM) Buildings Department has ordered the upkeep of the structures as part of a campaign aimed at enhancing the city’s aesthetic appearance. 

Saeed Bin Humaidan Al Falasi, head of DM’s building inspection section, said his unit had conducted campaigns on “the vital areas of the emirate”, particularly those overlooking Dubai Metro’s Red Line and Green Line. 

Al Falasi said the owners of these buildings “were notified on the need to undertake periodic and preventive maintenance procedures”.

The building inspection section has sent instructive letters to the respective buildings’ owners asking for maintenance and painting work to be carried out to improve the structures’ appearance.

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The process of applying for a license to implement maintenance work takes two working days, and is provided through the Dubai Building Licensing System to DM-accredited contractors and maintenance companies, Al Falasi explained. 

He also praised the role of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Police in helping DM rectify building violations. 

Eng Layali Abdul Rahman Al Mulla, director of DM’s Buildings Department, said engineers and inspectors are carrying out periodic campaigns on existing buildings and facilities, with special focus on structures in vital sites, that need to improve their appearance by painting or cleaning their façades.

She added that the campaign would seek to improve the public services and amenities of buildings that have not been committed “to periodic preventive maintenance”, which could distort their appearance and threaten the safety of their inhabitants.