As you can guess, I am in my complaining mode these days. Monday night I went with a friend to Mecca mall. The place was packed and there was no parking space in the lots around the mall. So I drove to the back of the mall to park the car in the new car park building they added. The building is used despite it being unfinished (it look horrible on the inside). After we parked we wanted to enter the mall. The elevator is still not operation so we decided to use the stairs (still concret, no finishing). To my utter shock these stairs had no railings. I saw a family with kids considering to use these stairs!
Once inside the mall, the securit guard who checked us was telling people leaving the mall to the staircase to beware as there are no railings! What the heck I told him that the stairs are dangerous and that the mall management should not allow this. He told me that he told the management but.. “god help us”.
The unfinished building in itself is dangerous. But at least they could have, in a few hours, put up some temporary railings.
I really cannot understand the lack of concern for safety in a place as heavily trafficed as a mall. Is there any mechanism at the municipality to check for these things. How does a building get the “ithn al ishghal” (occupancy permit) when basic safety requirements are not met.
What kind of mall management would risk having an accident on its hand in a family oriented shopping project.
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