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Burj hailed as best example of safe high-risers
May 28, 2012
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, has been picked by the GCC Civil Defence General Managers as an ideal example for high rise structures in terms of fire protection systems and safety measures taken in emergency cases.
The civil defence managers team, which concluded its 23rd meeting in the UAE, agreed to circulate the fire protection system installed in Burj Khalifa to the member states. It also recommended the circulation of the study conducted by the UAE Ministry of Interior on the system of managing major accidents to the member countries.
The recommendations spelled out by the four-day meeting include the technical specifications for the machinery work in the field of fire extinguishing and rescue. The meeting called for unifying the safety conditions and preventive supervision regarding the hazardous materials and their classification, automatic car parks, engineering and dome-shape buildings as well as the engineering services.
The meeting also recommended circulation of the second part of the conditions regarding the fire extinguishing and fire alarm equipment, prepared by the Interior Ministry of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the member states.
Major-General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, acting Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Civil Defence and head of the UAE delegation, said there are many challenges facing the GCC societies under the enormous economic and urban boom the Gulf region is witnessing. He said it is the duty of the civil defence apparatus and civil protection authorities to keep in line with this progress, and become capable to safeguard human lives and properties, as well as creating a safe environment for investment that contribute to push forward the wheel of development.
He described the meetings of the GCC civil defence managers as a catalyst which contribute effectively and positively to get closer the view points, exchange expertise and knowledge and discuss all issues related to civil protection with the aim of achieving the joint objectives, foremost among which is raising the standard of awareness on the procedures of safety and prevention.
Other delegates from the GCC countries also spoke on the civil defence work, civil protection from risks and accidents. –