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Workshops begin moving out of capital

By Staff

Nearly 75 garages and other workshops have shifted to Musaffah industrial area and hundreds others are planning to move out of Abu Dhabi in line with a government clean-up plan.

The Abu Dhabi Municipality has given the nearly 1,976 such workshops a one-year deadline ending in May this year to move their business out of the capital to Musaffah and other areas, the Arabic language daily 'Al Khaleej' reported on Tuesday.

“Around 645 of them have told the Municipality they would have shifted within a year after the last renewal of their licence,’ it said.

The new rules affect garages, building materials shops, carpentries, equipment maintenance and repair services, glass and aluminum manufacturing, and other workshops.

“This is part of an overall plan to improve the image of Abu Dhabi city, ensure a healthy environment, ease bottlenecks and upgrade services of those workshops,” a Municipality statement said.

IT said all those workshops have been told to shift to Musaffah, nearly 20 km outside the capital, while garages and auto spare parts shops have been designated places just in the city’s outskirts.

The decision also includes car servicing and wash facilities but excludes car trading agencies and all vehicle service units owned by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).