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Dubai Municipality launches engineering excellence initiative

Dubai Municipality has launched an engineering excellence initiative for engineering offices, contracting companies and construction material suppliers in the Emirate.

The move comes within the framework of the Municipality’s efforts to develop and improve procedures for practicing engineering professions.

Eng. Dawood Al Hajri, Assistant Director General for Engineering and Planning Sector and Chairman of the Committee for the Development of Building Permits Procedures in Dubai, said the initiative is used to measure compliance with the laws and regulations related to practicing engineering professions, which in turn affects the quality of work in the construction sector.

The evaluation is done through the standards approved by the Municipality’s Buildings Department on the basis of their qualifying operations and obtaining building permits, as well as supervision of construction sites during the implementation until the accomplishment of the project. Those who obtain high evaluation will be honoured and encouraged, he said.

Al Hajri said the system will be applied in three phases; the first phase involves the evaluation of the consultancy offices followed by the second phase, during which the contracting companies are evaluated and then the initiative is applied to the suppliers.

He added that this system will help owners and developers to choose engineering offices and contracting companies based on their technical excellence data that are periodically updated.

“The names of excellent engineering offices will also be published in the media and communication sites. Dubai is an excellent city and it deserves to have excellent offices and we will assist them in this excellence,” said Al Hajri.


Eng. Layali Al Mulla, Director of Buildings Department said the initiative would enhance the technical performance of construction work in the emirate.

“Raising the quality of work in the construction sector will increase the competitiveness of the emirate and the country in international forums, especially as the reports on business practices have become an important element in the investment evaluation that depends on the quality of the work being offered and the qualifications and standard of the technical staff working in the sector,” she said.