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Abu Dhabi to outsource construction audit work

ABU DHABI, January 15, 2018

Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) said its department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, has embarked on an initiative whereby construction inspection and audit tasks at sites of mega development and engineering projects for government and semi-government entities would be tasked to a third party.

The initiative, being implemented by the ADM's department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, is restricted to government and semi-government entities as well as mega development and investment projects. The initial phase of the scheme was rolled out last week, reported state news agency Wam.

It follows the issuance of the Executive Regulation governing the registration of a third party for audit and inspection of engineering projects in Abu Dhabi, said the report, citing a senior official.

"This initiative is in line with the global trends adopted to enhance the accuracy and performance and facilitate the delivery of building and construction projects. It will also enable the provision of best-in-class services that meet the aspirations of the community and pillar partners and at the same time enhance the quality standards observed in the construction of these projects," remarked Saif Badr Al Qubaisi, the general manager of ADM.

"Under the new system, the concerned construction parties will no longer need to report to the municipality to complete the inspection and audit procedures," noted the top official.

The third party, he stated, will cater to the implementation of all inspection and audit procedures. Only, the fully completed operations have to be submitted to the municipality for final endorsement.

"The initial phase also covers auditing installations and layouts besides inspecting construction works. This initiative is in line with the advanced global practices prevailing in several countries around the globe. It seeks to ensure the quality of project delivery, especially in inspection and follow-up fields," explained Al Qubaisi.

"We have launched the third party initiative for application to development and mega government projects to ensure that there will be no extra cost to the owners of villas and small projects, which will still be inspected, audited and endorsed by the Building Permits Division at the municipality," he stated.
The second phase of the initiative will cover all other projects and will be announced later on, he added.

According to him, the municipality undertakes inspection, audit and endorsement of all applications for building permits.

"Some designs take a long time to ensure their compliance with the Abu Dhabi International Building Code. The municipality is, therefore, keen on directing its resources to better serve the community and development," stated Al Qubaisi.

The key objectives of this step include improving the efficiency and safety and ensuring the highest quality levels of buildings under construction.

A prior audit will be made for the accounts, and layouts of construction works of the said types of buildings by a consultant (third-party auditor) specialised in construction works. The Audit Office shall be jointly responsible with the Design Office for all tasks undertaken, he added.

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