In response to the number of serious fire-related incidents in his Emirate, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, has issued a resolution establishing a permanent committee for public protection requirements in high-rise buildings.
Several incidents of fire and elevator failures have been reported in Sharjah's high-rises, especially in the summer months.
"In April, a blaze at Al Tayyer Residential Tower displaced more than 100 families from 408 flats, after another at Al Baker Tower 4 in January displaced 125 families," the National reports.
According to the resolution, "the committee shall be tasked with revising and updating the current provisions pertaining to public protection and safety in high-rise buildings, including elevators, fire alarms and any other potential hazards to residents and users of the buildings."
The committee will be chaired by the Director General of Sharjah Municipality, with members from Sharjah Police, Civil Defense and any other entities recommended by the emirate's Executive Council, according to local media.
The committee will issue Certificates of Fitness for high-rise buildings valid for one year. These permits must be renewed annually by the owner.