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What are emergency evacuation routes?

An Emergency Evacuation or Exit Route (or Means of Egress) is a continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a building to a place of safety

  • Every exit is to be clearly visible or the route to reach every exit shall be clearly indicated
  • Each means of egress is to be marked so that the way to a place of safety is clearly indicated
  • The number of evacuation routes will depend on the occupant load
  • All components of a means of egress should be maintained, inspected and repaired to ensure they serve their intended purpose during emergencies
  • Daily inspections of doors, corridors and stairs should be performed to ensure they are not obstructed or blocked
Why is it important to keep evacuation routes and exits unobstructed?

Fire can spread very quickly, so it is important that when a fire breaks out that occupants can evacuate the building as quickly as possible.

If the route out of the building is blocked or even just partially blocked, it can prolong evacuation times as occupants may need to move things out of the way or avoid objects.

It may also lead to accidents such as trips and falls as occupants try to leave the building.

Keeping evacuation routes and exits unobstructed
  • Keeping all fire doors and evacuation routes free from obstruction and clutter, especially in corridors and common areas is a high priority
  • If you observe a blocked fire exit or obstructed fire route you should inform Management immediately
  • To enable a quick escape, emergency exits provide additional ways to escape the building in case of a fire or other catastrophe
  • The escape route should lead to a place of safety, normally outside and away from the building
  • It is important that merchandise, furniture, or other items never block emergency doors
  • Doors on escape routes must always be available for use without the use of a key
  • During evacuations many occupants would try to leave the building at once which could result in occupant build-up slowing down the evacuation
  • It is therefore important to ensure exit routes are available and unobstructed, ensuring occupants leave quickly, greatly decreasing the risk of injury or death
  • Emergency exits can also be used when the main exit is blocked during a fire or disaster providing an alternative escape route
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What is an emergency?

An emergency is defined as any event which "threatens workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage".

An emergency poses an immediate risk of significant harm to health, life, property or the environment. Preparing for emergencies is an important part of any health and safety programme.

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Smoking Policy

  • Article 7 of the UAE Federal Law No. (15) of 2009 Regarding Tobacco Control states that smoking is prohibited in closed public places
  • The building’s smoking policy should be enforced by Security and the Facility Management Company as well be supported by retail owners
  • Designated smoking areas should be provided
  • Signage should be placed to indicate location of smoking areas, as well as, areas where smoking is not permitted

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Sources and Types of Waste:
  • Waste is classified by the Dubai Municipality as follows:
    • General waste - A. Domestic waste - It includes food wastes paper, cardboard, plastics, textiles, leather, yard wastes, wood, glasses, tin cans, aluminum, other metals, household special wastes, etc
    • General waste - B. Bulky waste - Waste materials which cannot be appropriately placed in normal waste containers because of either its bulky size, shape or other physical attributes. E.g. large worn-out or broken household /commercial furniture, lamps, bookcases, filing cabinets, consumer electronics, appliances, furnitures, white goods, etc
    • General waste - C. Institutional Commercial Industrial (ICI)- Non-hazardous solid waste. E.g. waste paper. cardboard, plastics, wood, food wastes, glass, metals, special wastes
    • Construction and demolition waste
    • Horticultural waste
    • Hazardous waste

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In line with Dubai Municipality specifications, it is required that the cleaning and disinfection process for retail operations are intensified to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Establishments are to follow the below guidelines:

Salons/Personal Care Centres:
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection on the following:
    • Entrance door handles
    • Waiting chairs/bench/sofa/table
    • TV remote control
    • Any ready material (newspaper etc)
    • Haircutting chairs
    • All cutting tools/material/equipment
    • Hand and hair basins
    • Personal hygiene
    • Cabinets/drawers/shelves
    • Washroom (door handles/water taps etc
  • Availability of hand sanitisers and hand wash liquid and ensure handwashing before and after each service
  • Refer to Dubai Municipality External Circular - (DM-PH&SD-CR1)


Food Establishments:
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection on the following:
    • Cash counter and pay machines
    • Dining tables and chairs
    • Menus, touch screen and bill folders
    • Elevator switches/buttons
    • Washrooms
    • Soap and towel dispensers
    • Equipment and door handles
    • Shopping carts
  • Ensure frequent handwashing with soap amongst staff
  • Availability of hand sanitisers at different areas
  • Refer to Dubai Municipality External Circular – (DM-PH&SD-5)


Fitness Centres:
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection on all human contact surfaces:
    • Entrance door handles
    • Waiting chairs/bench/sofa/table
    • Reception area
    • Entry and exit barriers
    • Locker areas
    • Changing room and washrooms/toilets
    • All equipment/furniture/tools/counters
    • Vending machines/coffee machines
  • Availability of hand sanitisers and hand wash liquid
  • Refer to Dubai Municipality External Circular – (DM-PH&SD-CR9)


  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection on the following:
    • Door handles
    • Waiting chairs/bench/sofa/table
    • Cabinets/drawers/shelves/surfaces
    • Washrooms
    • Hanging and packing means
    • Transportation means for delivery
  • Availability of hand sanitisers at different areas
  • Labour should seek medical care right away once flu-symptoms have developed
  • Adhere to declared specifications in the Guideline of Laundries related activities
  • Refer to Dubai Municipality External Circular (DM-PH&SD-17)



For all the establishments mentioned above, all cleaning and disinfection operations should be documented including a list of disinfectants used

If a case an infectious disease is suspected the following authorities should be contacted:

  • Ministry of Health and Prevention (80011111)
  • Dubai Health Authority (800342)
  • Estijaba Service (Operation Centre - Department of Health) (8001717)