Middle East

Dubai has new rules after high-rise fires, but few details

  • File - In this Jan. 31, 2015, photo, smoke and flames pour out of the 63-story The Address Downtown, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai authorities announced Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that the city-state had new fire safety regulations, but offered few details on how they would be enforced after a series of skyscraper fires. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    File - In this Jan. 31, 2015, photo, smoke and flames pour out of the 63-story The Address Downtown, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai authorities announced Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that the city-state had new fire safety regulations, but offered few details on how they would be enforced after a series of skyscraper fires. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)  (The Associated Press)

  • File - In this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, photo, the burned hulk of The Address Downtown is seen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai authorities announced Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that the city-state had new fire safety regulations, but offered few details on how they would be enforced after a series of skyscraper fires. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    File - In this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, photo, the burned hulk of The Address Downtown is seen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai authorities announced Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that the city-state had new fire safety regulations, but offered few details on how they would be enforced after a series of skyscraper fires. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Address Downtown, a 63-story building that caught fire on Dec. 31, 2015, is seen as it undergoes repairs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Dubai authorities announced Sunday the city-state had new fire safety regulations, but offered few details on how they would be enforced after a series of skyscraper fires. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    The Address Downtown, a 63-story building that caught fire on Dec. 31, 2015, is seen as it undergoes repairs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Dubai authorities announced Sunday the city-state had new fire safety regulations, but offered few details on how they would be enforced after a series of skyscraper fires. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

Dubai has new fire safety regulations following a series of skyscraper fires in recent years, but has offered few details about them.

A spate of skyscraper fires in fast-growing Dubai have been fueled by paneling on the sides of many buildings here, known as cladding. While cladding can be made with fire-resistant material, some buildings are covered with quick-burning tiles without any breaks to slow or stop a blaze.

Civil defense officials announced the new rules Sunday, focusing on how many pages the new rules were without offering specifics.

Dubai Civil Defense Lt. Taher Hassan al-Taher later told journalists that existing buildings with questionable cladding "would have to change it" under normal maintenance schedules. Asked how authorities would ensure buildings change their cladding, he said: "That's still on the table."