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Dubai ranked as one of simplest places to obtain building permits

Dubai is the second easiest place in the world to obtain building permits, according to a report from the World Bank, Construction Week reports.

The emirate, which ranked in first place for the Middle East, was praised for its efforts to extract building permits, according to Dubai Municipality (DM).

The municipality was also applauded for its development of quality management in the construction process by emphasising the qualifications of consultants reviewing construction plans, issuing licences, and reducing the time taken to issue them.

In a meeting with employees of the municipality’s Buildings Department, Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of DM, said: “The UAE’s performance in this year’s World Bank report is the result of days and months of work and serious commitment from various federal and local government agencies and institutions, and their cooperation with the competitiveness strategy management team of the Federal Authority for Competitiveness and Statistics.

“[The] Buildings Department has adopted the strategy of innovation in its efforts to continuously develop procedures and services for individuals and organisations.

“This year’s World Bank report also mentions that, for the last five consecutive years, the UAE has been ranked first in the Arab world, and 21st in the world, in business accessibility. I am also proud of the role played by the Buildings Department, which represents the UAE in building permits, which is one of the main axes of this report,” he added.

Eng. Layali Abdulrahman Al Mulla, director of DM’s building department, commented: “Work has been done to reduce the time of completion of transactions and discussing projects electronically through video conferencing.
“Focus has also been given to the quality axis, which contributed directly [to] obtaining higher grades that qualified the country in progressing to the second place in the world. The municipality has been keen to provide better licensing services than the rest of the competition countries, and obtained full grade in the quality standard of 15 out of 15,” she noted.