New rule allows Dubai hotels to build rooftop restaurants

Hotels need to meet specified requirements for structural modifications

Staff Report
16:05 April 12, 2017

Dubai: Hotels in Dubai have been allowed to build restaurants on their rooftops, Dubai Municipality announced on Wednesday.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, issued an administrative decision authorising hotels to build restaurants on the rooftop in accordance with Decision No. 66 of 2007 regarding the controls on some planning and structural modifications, the civic body said in a press release.

The resolution stipulates that hotels are authorised to request permission for constructing restaurants on the rooftops according to the planning requirements.

As per the requirements, the percentage of construction should not exceed 50 per cent of the floor area of the roof and the maximum building area should not exceed 1,000 square metres. The lateral slope of the building on the rooftop should not be less than 1.5 metres on all sides of the building.

In addition, parking spaces are to be provided in the building as the new construction is required to comply with the requirement that the deficit in the number of parking spaces should not exceed the percentage authorised by administrative decision No. 66 of 2007. In the existing buildings, it is allowed to increase parking by an additional 5 per cent in order to meet the situations in which they cannot offer alternative technical or engineering solutions.

The resolution also stipulates to take care of the other conditions and requirements stipulated in Administrative Decree No. 66 of 2007 regarding the controls on some planning and structural modifications, as well as the administrative decision No. 125 of 2001 on the approval of the building conditions and specifications. The hotels are charged a fee for utilising the rooftop area for the purpose of changing the use of that floor from the planned original use, and they should also submit a drawing on the space utilised as a result of building the restaurant, and the amount of space utilised as a result of the inability to provide parking for the restaurant.