Recent fires at the Address Downtown hotel and the prestigious Torch Tower both in Dubai underlined the importance of fire control regulations and safe design in buildings in reducing damage to property and loss of lives.
Prompt action on the part of the emergency services and adherence to safety codes laid down by civil authorities ensured that damages in this particular incident were reduced to a minimum.
With 220 residential building fires reported across the UAE in 2014, raising awareness about fire safety measures and safety design in buildings in compliance with existing safety codes takes high priority among both local authorities and developers across the region.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Given the importance of ensuring that buildings and structures around the region are in compliance with the safety codes laid down by the authorities, it is crucial to create awareness of the vital role these safety measures play in protecting life and property.
“With this in mind, we are introducing the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion at Intersec 2016, which will have a special focus on the life safety design, building construction, fire protection, fire rated building materials, fire alarm and smoke ventilation systems.”
The importance of safety standards and practices in the built environment will be in the spotlight at the 2015 round of the Safety Design in Buildings Conferences, of which the first two of seven legs are being held in Doha on the 20th April, and Kuwait on the 22nd April.
Organised by Sesam Business Consultants and sponsored by Intersec, the conference series forms a GCC-wide initiative to debate and highlight the current standards of safety and security in buildings in the region as well as to promote a dialogue between regional industry professionals and international experts.