Written by Neil King
The ruling authorities of Ras Al Khaimah have passed a number of new laws designed to improve safety standards of buildings constructed in the emirate.
Under the new code, architects designing property in Ras Al Khaimah will be held to account for its safety and structural integrity for ten years after a building is completed.
The Emirates reports that the new laws have been passed under the authority of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, crown prince and deputy ruler of Ras al Khaimah.
Other landmark rulings contained within the law include the stipulation that construction permits can be withdrawn if a project stalls for six months or more.
Furthermore, on the recommendations of a technical committee, the municipality chairman has the authority to rule that a building be demolished if it is deemed to pose a threat to the public or the environment.
The emirate has also this month established a new regulator to protect investors' interests during sales of property in Ras Al Khaimah.