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No satellite dishes at windows or balconies, municipality warns

Municipality calls upon residents to remove satellite dishes from windows

  • By Samihah Zaman, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 15:57 July 8, 2012
  • Gulf News

Municipality of Abu Dhabi has called for the removal of satellite dishes from windows and balconies
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  • The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has called for the removal of satellite dishes from windows and balconies.

Abu Dhabi: Residents and building owners in the capital have been urged to remove satellite dishes from windows and balconies.

In a statement sent on Sunday by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi, the municipality also called for satellite dishes on the rooftop to be positioned neatly and away from the edges.

“Not only do haphazardly placed satellite dishes disfigure the general appearance of the buildings when installed at windows and balconies, but they can also fall down and seriously injure pedestrians passing below the building,” Khalifa Mohammad Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the municipality, told Gulf News.

Disorderly installation on rooftops also allows for the accumulation of dirt and breeding of insects between the cables, the municipal statement said. In addition, rescue operations in case of a fire or other emergency can also be hindered when these devices are placed at the window.

A campaign started last month has seen municipal inspectors visiting residents door to door, asking them to remove satellite dishes, Al Rumaithi said. The first phase of the campaign began in Tourist Club Area, where many buildings were found to have hundreds of privately installed satellite dishes.

“Warnings will be issued for residents who have satellite dishes at their windows and balconies, and for building owners who have these devices installed haphazardly on the rooftops. If they are still not removed within a month of the warning being given, the cases will be referred to the municipal court for the determination of fines,” he explained.

Although the municipal statement said that only four satellite dishes can be installed on the roof, Al Rumaithi said additional ones could be set up if they were requested by residents, and safely placed on the rooftop.

“If residents want a satellite network not available in the building, they should approach the building owner to set up a centralised system,” he added.

Executives at companies that set up satellite dishes also confirmed that installing the devices at windows is counter-productive.

Each satellite dish weighs at least five kilogrammes and poses a grave risk to pedestrians if they fall off, said Nirmal Kumar, sales manager at Vision Electronics, which sets up centralised networks in buildings.

“In addition, they are difficult to set up at windows, and the signal is not too good either. In fact, our company does not accept these requests for balconies and windows, especially as customers can require a lot of after-sales service because of the signal disruptions,” Kumar said.

Typically, older buildings are not provided with centralised networks, which is where the greatest number of dishes installed by individual residents can be spotted, he added.




Comments (8)

  1. Added 14:24 July 9, 2012

    Is there a phone number we can call to complain about the dishs? I have a family in my building who has 4 apartments, and they have 1 single dish but wires hanging from 1 balcony shaking to the next. These wires are always hitting the windows with the wind, and is just a disturbance.

    Nick, DXB, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:44 July 9, 2012

    It looks bad to see the dish fixed in balconies or windows. All buildings must have common centralised dish. New tenant come in and fix his own dish when he vacates he removes and the buildings look ugly.

    Simon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:16 July 9, 2012

    No objection with the ordinance, this will make the city clean & neat. however, they should require the building owners to have SMATV or central dish farm. even there are a lot of tv providers, satellite FTA programs are still the most affordable.

    Armi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:12 July 9, 2012

    Interesting article. This dish issue wouldn't be there if the telecom agencies provided channels at an affordable rate. Cable TV is just plain expensive forcing people to put up dish antennas.

    Amith, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:49 July 9, 2012

    Well, if the dishes have to disappear please ensure that MTA - Muslim Television Ahmadiyya - can be received via cable. Thanks.

    Rafiq A. Tschannen, Amman, Jordan

  6. Added 09:57 July 9, 2012

    Thank you for tackling this menace, we only hope this extends to all seven emirates in the UAE. The described dish installations endanger people. All personal dishes should be banned by the authorities just as has always been done in Singapore and other modern countries.

    Louie Tedesco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:52 July 9, 2012

    Finally the municipality is doing something about it. Two months ago a dish antenna blew off a balcony and landed on the windshield of my car, completely smashed the windshield. It would have been a whole other story if I had been inside.

    Yousuf, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:50 July 9, 2012

    In my 25 yrs stay in this wonderful country, I haven't seen anyone on the rooftops other than the watchmen or maintenance people. All these years I haven't heard about even a single dish falling on top of a pedestrian.

    Resident, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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