An overhaul of building and infrastructure regulations is expected in Abu Dhabi after thunderstorms wreaked three days of havoc.
Following crisis talks, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announced that measures to guard against freak weather were being considered.
A recovery operation on a scale rarely seen before in the UAE was hailed as a success by the authority and the capital’s municipal affairs department.
Awaidha Al Marar, the department’s chairman, said building codes would be issued to constructors as part of the review.
“Most of the damage consisted of fallen trees and billboards,” Mr Al Marar said.
“The rapid response and joint efforts between nationals and residents, and the efforts made to overcome crises, are proven by the statistics and figures.”
Between last Tuesday, when the storm damage became apparent, and Thursday, when the worst of the weather had passed, Abu Dhabi Municipality received 860 reports of damage or flooding to property.
Thanks to the efforts of more than 2,000 maintenance workers and 13 contractors, those calls were handled within two to four hours of being reported.
Courtesy: The National