Dubai crackdown on illegal building alterations.
Hundreds of buildings in Dubai faced disconnection of power and water supply and fines for unauthorised modifications made by owners and tenants in 2011.
The Dubai Municipality's Buildings Department ordered the disconnection of utility services to 1,111 residential, industrial and commercial buildings during its year-long crackdown on partitions and additions made to buildings without the appropriate permission.
The department also issued 3,854 warnings, a 55% reduction from the 2010 figure, which officials attributed to increased awareness.
The acting head of building inspections, Jaber Al Ahmed Al Abdullah Al Ali, revealed that over a quarter of the offenders who ignored the warnings last year were fined AED50,000 for violations that endangered structural integrity and/or affected the aesthetic standard of the city.
"Unauthorised changes in building construction can also lead to lack of fire exits and non-adherence to health and safety requirements in terms of ventilation and lighting," said Al Ali.
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