Dubai Municipality celebrates World Environment Day

Dubai Municipality holds event at Al Marmoum Desert Reserve to raise awareness of cycling, air quality issues

The event brought over 500 people to Al Marmoum Desert Reserve.
The event brought over 500 people to Al Marmoum Desert Reserve.

Dubai Municipality organized a special celebration at Al Marmoum Desert Reserve for World Environment Day on Friday.

More than 500 people attended the event in the park, which focused on cycling as a healthy outdoor activity, and awareness of a number of environmental issues.

The Environment Department of Dubai Municipality initiated several awareness-raising activities to encourage the public to ride bicycles in the park, to promote cycling as a means to cut carbon emissions and improve health.

The event also include presentation on issues including proper disposal of plastics and the importance of bees.

The Municipality also demonstrated its mobile air monitoring unit, which is being used to monitor air quality across the Emirate. Data from the station is being used for technical and environmental studies related to development and infrastructure projects.

Eng. Alia Al Harmoudi, Director of the Environment Department, said that maintaining air quality is one of the most important environmental priorities that Dubai Municipality seeks to achieve in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“Dubai Municipality implements a number of environmental initiatives and strategic projects to maintain air quality to achieve the happiness of its residents and visitors and enhance the Emirate's standing in the international air quality rankings by highlighting the most important achievements concerning air quality in the World Environment Day, under the slogan ‘Together we can overcome the air pollution’,” she said.

“The Municipality seeks to achieve a balance between the developmental need for environmental requirements, as it has implemented a number of strategic projects in coordination with the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, including air quality strategy 2017-2021, launched by the Municipality in 2017, aimed at enhancing the air quality in the Emirate of Dubai and achieve the national target of 90% of clean air days by 2021, in cooperation with all relevant sectors (transport, industry, and energy production). The strategy included targets for the reduction of air pollutants resulting from operational and manufacturing processes of those sectors which are followed up by the Municipality periodically, contributing effectively in reducing the amount of emissions in the emirate, which reflected positively in enhancing the emirate's air quality index,” Al Harmoudi added.

“At the beginning of this year, the Municipality launched the Adaptive Climate Change Strategy in Dubai, in order to consolidate Dubai's international orientations towards the challenges posed by the climate changes that are taking place all over the world today as a result of the practices and activities of our contemporary societies. The strategy includes the development of a long-term proactive plan that ensures the readiness of all relevant sectors (environment, food security, energy, water, health, infrastructure and business) and adapting them to future climate changes according to the methodology of the International Committee on Climate Change. The strategy is the result of the close and effective collaboration with a range of strategic partners from different sectors such as Dubai Health Authority, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Petroleum and Emirates International Aluminium Company,” she said.

The event ended with the commitment of the attendees through signing the wall of pledge to preserve the environment by overcoming air pollution. Environmental gifts, health drinks and water were distributed to the public for environmental awareness.

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