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Ignoring rules could invite fines up to Dh100,000.

Dubai The Dubai Municipality (DM) has registered many cases of violations related to public health and safety and will take a serious view of any violations in future as well, said Sultan Eisa Al Suwaidi, Head of Public Safety Section in the Public Health and Safety Department, Dubai Municipality.

Responding to recent reports of incidents related to injuries during adventure sports, Al Suwaidi said: "Safety procedures must be in place for all such events. Any activity organised in Dubai, even if for a short duration, must have a prior permission.

"Organisers or the mall management are required to take the necessary safety precautions. Also, malls and adventure event organisers need to have an emergency plan so as to handle accidents. In event of an accident, they should provide the victim with first aid, and in case of serious injuries should report it to the police and also arrange for an ambulance."

Regarding measures taken by the department against violations, he said these could invite fines between Dh5,000 and Dh100,000, depending on the nature of the violation.

When the department comes across a violation, it imposes fines and also sends report to the police so as to transfer the case to public prosecution and later for the court to take a decision on the kind of punishment that is to be imposed on a violator.

Rock climbing

Comment on the Times Square Centre accident, Al Suwaidi said interior rock climbing facilities were inspected regularly by DM's inspectors. "Our inspectors conduct regular visits depending on risk analysis. As with every establishment such as health clinics, gyms and events, such places and organisers must obtain an official permission from Dubai Municipality in order to run their event, even if it is for two days only," he said.

Regarding the accident in Times Square Centre he said, "We asked the management to see the video footage to determine who is to blame for the accident. The video showed that the Jordanian adventurer opened his chain to replace it with his friend's, but then he failed to fix it again resulting in the accident, it was the adventurer's fault."

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Date:Sep 24, 2011
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