The civil defense authority in Jeddah has decided cancelling the licenses of three major malls in the city as a consequence on finding violations of health and safety standards in these malls. The authority found these violations after carrying out a series of inspections on some retail centers to make sure of its facilities’ safety.
According to the Saudi newspaper “Saudi Gazette” the malls owners were warned by the municipal authorities. The owners were warned of imposing partial or full closure on their businesses after neglecting the past warnings.
The owners’ ignorance afterwards prompted the government to impose a fine on their malls worth 13,333 dollars which is equivalent to 50,000 Saudi riyals.
The violations were present in the closed emergency exits, the lack of fire extinguishers, and the shortage of water pipes in the car parking area.
A final date was defined for rectifying all registered violations. Moreover, a new commission was founded by Mecca governor, the civil defense, and Jeddah Municipality to follow up with these cases.
It’s worth mentioning that in case of not following the due measures, the malls could face permanent closure decisions.