UAE: Residents warned against drying clothes on balconies; offenders incur a fine of 1,000 Dh – News

The campaign aims to ensure that the appearance of the city is maintained


Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2022, 2:55 PM

Last update: Tue 26 Apr 2022, 2:59 PM

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have warned residents against airing laundry on apartment balconies, hanging them from windows or railings as it distorts the appearance of the city.

The warning was issued by the Abu Dhabi City Municipality during a virtual awareness campaign to educate residents on the importance of maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the city and following existing regulations on the proper etiquette for drying laundry in public.

The civic body had previously warned that misuse of balconies results in a fine of Dh1,000 and more.

According to the municipality, the campaign aims to ensure that the appearance of the city is maintained and the unhygienic way of drying laundry is stopped.

“Airing laundry on an apartment balcony or hanging it from a window or railing distorts the image of the building and is not permitted,” a municipal statement read.

“Residents should maintain the aesthetic appearance across the city and not abuse their apartment balconies.”


Officials noted that residents should avoid hanging up their clothes anyway and make sure their balconies don’t become a civic issue or an eyesore.

People were urged to adopt modern alternative laundry drying techniques, such as electronic clothes dryers and drying racks, to avoid hanging laundry over the balustrade directly facing the street.

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Elizabeth J. Harless