Dubai Municipality helps reduce construction costs by 12%

Dawood Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality
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Dubai Municipality says new initiative allows contractors to take on more roles, removing the need for consultancy offices

Dubai Municipality has said its new initiative that allows contractors to design and supervise metal structures for industrial projects without appointing consultancy offices has reduced the construction costs by 12 percent.

Dawood Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said it is one of the many initiatives that will be launched in a bid to simplify the procedures and reduce the cost of building and encourage investment in the emirate.

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He added that this initiative is in line with the directives of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance investment, reduce costs, strengthen the economic competitiveness of Dubai.

Al Hajiri also said the move will enhance speed of completion of construction projects.

According to the initiative, contractors are allowed to submit directly through the electronic program for building licences to obtain a building permit for industrial buildings, which does not exceed the height of ground and first floors, to design and implement the project without the presence of a consultant.

Source: www.arabianbusiness.com