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The Electricity Wiring Regulations 2007
Issued by: the Regulation and Supervision Bureau for the Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi www.rsb.gov.ae

Revision 1 January 2009

Regulation and Supervision Bureau
for the Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Tel: +971 2 642 6777 Fax: +971 2 642 4217 P.O. Box: 32800 Abu Dhabi, U.A.E e-mail: bureau@rsb.gov.ae www.rsb.gov.ae

Foreword
The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (the Bureau) is established in Abu Dhabi law to oversee the economic and technical activities of electricity and water companies that are licensed to operate in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition to its duties over licensed companies, the Bureau has certain responsibilities towards the general public, including the assurance of safe and efficient electricity and water supplies to customers and these Regulations have been produced with this primary aim in mind. The Regulations promote the installation and operation of safe electricity wiring systems in customers’ premises and are based on the general principles defined in British Standard BS 7671 (otherwise known as the IEE Wiring Regulations, UK), which are also similar to the International Standard IEC 60364. Such principles have been common practice in Abu Dhabi and were adopted in previous documents, including the first Wiring Regulations issued by the old Water and Electricity Department (WED) in 1972. The new Regulations are less prescriptive than previous documents, but provide a closer definition of technical parameters compared with BS 7671. In addition they take account of the physical environment in Abu Dhabi and the skills and language diversity of the region. Following feedback from various parties the Bureau issued an Amendment to the Regulations in November 2008 which is now incorporated in Revision 1 of the Regulations, effective 1 January 2009. The Amendment (No.1) is also available as a separate document that may be downloaded from the Bureau’s website, www.rsb.gov.ae.

Nicholas Carter Director General 1 January 2009

The Electricity Wiring Regulations 2007 (Revision 1)

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Acknowledgements
The Bureau gratefully acknowledges the contributions and comments provided by the following organisations: Government organisations: Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority Al Ain Distribution Company Abu Dhabi Distribution Company Abu Dhabi Municipality Al Mirfa Power Company Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Dubai Municipality (Central Laboratory) Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA) Private organisations: Benchmark Electrical Safety Technology Ltd Parsons International Ltd Schneider Electric FZE Voltas Limited, UAE Ian Banham Associates Pell Frischmann Consultants Gibb Ltd Power Economy Middle East WSP Middle East Ltd GHD Ltd (Aust/UAE) ABB Industries LLC (Dubai) Power Connections Ltd Reed Smith Richards Butler British Standards Institute Electrium Ltd In particular, the Bureau wishes to acknowledge permission granted by the Institute of Engineering Technology and the British Standards Institute for the use in this document of data and information taken from BS 7671 (The Electricity Wiring Regulations, UK).

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The Electricity Wiring Regulations 2007 (Revision 1)

Document numbering
These Regulations use the following numbering system: Chapters: are referenced by integers (e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc)

Regulations: are referenced by one full stop between numbers (e.g. 1.1, 1.2, etc) Clauses: Notes: are referenced by two full stops between numbers (e.g. 3.1.2, etc) are indicated below the clause in square brackets and italic text. For example, [Note: this clause does not apply to Installations that have been …]

Amendments: amended text is highlighted by a red margin (as amended in Revision 1, January 2009)

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