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Abu Dhabi gets firm on laundry rule

Drying clothes on balconies a no-no, repeat violations could result in Dh1,000 fine

  • By Samihah Zaman, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:27 August 7, 2012
  • Gulf News

Drying laundry on balconies
  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Municipality
  • The Municipality of Abu Dhabi has called upon the public to adhere to the rules on drying laundry on balconies, and halt practices that mar the city’s appearance.

Abu Dhabi: The sight of laundry flapping on balconies can be a put-off and Abu Dhabi residents have been urged once more to avoid leaving their clothes out to dry in a way that tarnishes the appearance of buildings and city streets in general.

While municipality inspectors will issue a first-time warning to residents, repeat offences can result in a fine that could reach up to Dh1,000, warned Khalifa Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.

The municipality is following up all warnings issued to occupants of buildings and villas to ensure their compliance with these laundry-drying laws

Khalifa Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City

In a recent campaign launched by the municipality, inspectors found that many residents continued to dry their clothes on balconies in plain view of main roads, thus spoiling the overall appearance of buildings and residential areas in general.

Nearly 146 warnings were issued as part of the campaign that focused on residences in Bani Yas, Mussaffah and Mohammad Bin Zayed City. Posters calling for people to shun the practice have also been displayed next to elevators in buildings, while watchmen and security guards have been asked to remind residents to refrain from drying laundry in plain view of the streets.

Al Rumaithi recommended that residents use alternative techniques to dry laundry, such as driers or clothes racks. “[In the meantime], the municipality is following up all warnings issued to occupants of buildings and villas to ensure their compliance with these laundry-drying laws,” he said.

The municipality works actively to ensure that the capital’s general appearance is preserved. Another campaign launched last month saw municipal inspectors remind residents not to install satellite dishes and television antennas on balconies or windows.

Similar directives were also issued by the Sharjah Municipality in January this year, with warnings of Dh250 fines. Ajman Municipality and Dubai Municipality have also repeatedly urged residents not to hang laundry out to dry in public view.

Comments (2)

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  1. Added 12:22 August 8, 2012

    So, Show us the place where can we dry our clothes? In bathroom or bedroom? In western countries they are keeping laundry area in each apartment, but nowadays in Abu Dhabi they are designing kitchens also very small like bathroom, forget about Laundry room.

    Faraz, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:21 August 8, 2012

    Can someone please tell us how to get our clothes dried? We need to be neat and clean. We are also trying to improve image of the country by wearing clean and tidy clothes.

    Aniyanmon, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

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