Dubai authority to tighten control over skyscrapers

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Dubai's civil aviation regulator is to acquire greater control over the development of skyscrapers in the emirate, through a new agreement giving it power to assess structures over 90m (295ft) in height.

It is to sign a memorandum of understanding with civic authority Dubai Municipality covering the issuance of 'no objection' certificates for potential obstacles.

The skyline of Dubai already includes the world's tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 830m and is located 10km southwest of the international airport.

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority director of standards and regulations Khalid Al Arif says that the organisation will conduct an aeronautical survey for structures over 90m, and commission a survey for those over 150m. Clearance for buildings below 90m will remain with Dubai Municipality.

"We do our best to accommodate high-rises in our skyscape," says Al Arif, in the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority's latest newsletter. "But [we] have to ensure that these do not become obstacles for the flights moving in and out of Dubai."

It has recently signed a similar agreement with Dubai Airports regarding light warning systems on high-rise structures in the vicinity of the emirate's airports, the airspace surrounding which has become increasingly congested.