DUBAI, 13th February, 2022 (WAM) — Dubai Municipality today said it has added 2.83 million square meters of green space to the city by planting over 170,000 trees in various locations, as well as along roads and squares in Dubai in 2021 An average of 466 trees were planted per day, 130% more than the initial target, bringing the total area of green spaces under the Municipality to approximately 43, 83 million square meters.
Describing the growth of green space as a significant environmental achievement, Dawoud Al Hajri, Chief Executive of Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality has been working to significantly increase green space in the emirate and intensify horticultural works along all main and secondary roads. as residential areas in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a green and sustainable city and improve the quality of life and the happiness of the inhabitants. The landscaping works also support the goals of the Dubai Urban Master Plan 2040 to expand the city’s green spaces. »
As part of its strategy, the municipality has expanded natural and acquired green spaces to improve environmental sustainability amid population growth and urban development, in line with international best practices, Al Hajri added.
Dubai Municipality has implemented an integrated system to maintain cultivated areas and ensure highly efficient irrigation systems. The Municipality also regularly monitors green spaces and conducts awareness campaigns to encourage green projects in the city. Additionally, it continues to support the emirate’s agricultural sector by granting licensing approvals to businesses and establishments as part of its efforts to achieve the emirate’s environmental goals.
Al Hajri explained that the municipality is now focusing on planting local trees such as Ghaf and Sidr, as well as trees that can tolerate the salinity of the UAE soil. “Over the past year, we have significantly revamped our horticultural work processes in main and secondary roads, squares and residential areas of Dubai. We have also introduced new trees that can withstand the environment of the Emirates Arab States, such as the Al Busida and Green Cassia trees, which are grown in the nurseries of the Municipality.In addition, we have planted trees that can help prevent siltation on all external roads.In the coming years , we aim to scale up and diversify tree planting in open desert areas using local species that can tolerate Dubai’s climate, which in turn will strengthen our ability to tackle climate change.”
The Dubai Municipality attaches great importance to landscaping and city beautification projects as part of its efforts to improve environmental sustainability. The municipality has deployed artificial intelligence technologies to increase the efficiency of irrigation systems and pumping stations used in its horticultural works. In the next phase, the municipality plans to implement several beautification projects in various areas of the emirate.