His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, affirmed that environmental sustainability is one of the strategic priorities for the development and development plans in the UAE, by rationalizing resources and implementing innovative projects and ideas that provide practical and effective solutions to environmental challenges. That the world shares in facing.
His Highness indicated that the development approach pursued by the UAE requires the creation of ideas that help meet the development requirements and implement them in a manner that takes into account the environmental dimension, which enjoys all the attention in our country, which is evident in the projects, initiatives and programs implemented by the government, or in cooperation with the private sector, from In order to achieve the highest levels of sustainability, which is one of the important guarantees for building a future free from the challenges that may constitute a burden on society.
“A clean environment is a legacy that we will leave for future generations, and an important component of the quality of life we seek for our people, in the present or the future,” His Highness said. We monitor and monitor the best global environmental practices, choose the best ones and develop them in line with the needs of our society, and we start from where the world ends in implementing innovative projects that preserve our environment and ensure the health and safety of everyone who lives on the land of the Emirates, and support a model for development efforts that puts the preservation of a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Among the priorities of the development plans ».
This came during the briefing of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Emirates Airlines Group, on a set of Dubai municipality projects in the field of sustainability and environmental preservation, whose total value amounts to 6.6 One billion dirhams, the most important of which is the “Dubai Center for Waste Treatment” in the Warsan area, which is one of the largest energy projects in the world in terms of absorptive capacity, with investments amounting to four billion dirhams, and with a capacity of about one thousand trucks per day. His Highness was also briefed about the public beaches development project in Dubai, the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary development project, and the first open garden on Al Mamzar Creek to be established within the Green Dubai project.
And he listened to an explanation from Engineer Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, about the details of the mega project that will be implemented in Warsan, and it is among the most important infrastructure projects that will meet the current and future needs of the emirate, in the context of developing and enhancing the capabilities of vital infrastructure and its sustainability, within the framework of Dubai’s vision To become the most sustainable and smart city in the world, as it contributes to preserving the environment and reducing carbon emissions, as part of Dubai’s strategy for the shift towards clean energy.
The project is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world, in terms of absorptive capacity in treating waste and converting it into energy, with a capacity of 5666 tons per day, and the most efficient, as it will convert heat into energy with an efficiency of up to 32%, using the latest technology without any negative environmental impacts and will build It is executed in one go.
Through the center, it will treat 1.9 million tons of solid waste annually, and it will generate 200 megawatts of electrical energy, equivalent to the continuous needs of 135,000 housing units. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2023, and the project will be fully ready by 2024.
The project includes several basic buildings on an area of 350 thousand square meters, which are: a waste weight unit, 27 gates for receiving waste, a waste storage room of 143 meters long and a depth of 11 meters, equivalent to 5 floors, and five incineration furnaces at a temperature of 1100 degrees Celsius, and the generation of Steam and electricity generation area, 15,000 gas refineries, a 70-meter chimney, a treatment and separation area for minerals from ashes from waste burning, and a collection and flipping yard of the formed ash.
Public beach development
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid was also briefed on the “Development of Public Beaches in Dubai”, one of the development projects aimed at strengthening public beaches with an integrated infrastructure of facilities, at a value of about 500 million dirhams. It includes the development of an area of approximately one million square meters of the emirate’s beaches, starting from Khor Al Mamzar Beach, and even Umm Suqeim Second Beach, and it will be worked on in three phases The first includes: Khor Al Mamzar Beach and Al Mamzar Corniche, with a total length of 4250 meters, and the first and second Jumeirah Beach: Al Shorouk Beach with a length of 2150 meters. And the third: the beaches of Jumeirah 3, Umm Suqeim 1 and Umm Suqeim II, with a length of 6015 meters.
The project provides service and recreational facilities in all public beaches to meet the needs of its users, and includes the rehabilitation of beaches and the increase of areas for swimming, the provision of areas for the practice of marine and sports activities and the allocation of running and cycling paths, to encourage and develop sports and healthy lifestyles in the emirate, and to enhance the accessibility of people of determination. And providing a host of other advantages.
Ras Al Khor Reserve
His Highness also listened to an explanation about the project “Developing Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary”, which aims to enhance the ecosystems and biodiversity in Dubai, at a cost of 100 million dirhams.
It includes increasing the area of wet surfaces by 20 hectares, adding vegetation cover of mangroves with an area of more than 100 hectares, and creating service and recreational facilities that increase the human connection with the environment without affecting the natural components of the reserve.
The development of the reserve includes key elements, including the establishment of visitor reception platforms that contain panoramic halls that allow the visitor to closely follow the various types of birds and wildlife, as well as more than four kilometers of open paths camouflaged with reed plants, as well as an educational environmental center that will allow visitors to get acquainted with To the rich natural environment of the reserve, and the establishment of five wooden towers and open platforms distributed throughout the reserve, enabling the visitor to closely watch the wildlife. The reserve will also be reinforced by an open pedestrian pathway of 3.5 km on its borders from the outside, linking its main gates, where it can be used as a jogging and cycling track.
The reserve covers 6.2 square kilometers, and is the first site included in the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the UAE in 2007, and was classified according to the standards of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and is considered one of the richest protected areas for wildlife in the region, as it embraces 500 species of trees and plants, including the mangroves. Which covers 47 hectares, and is visited annually by about 20 thousand birds during the migration seasons, while it is famous for its reception of flamingos, known locally as the Fentier.
The first open garden on Al Mamzar Creek is part of the “Green Dubai Project”, which aims to increase greening and agricultural beautification areas in the city, raise the per capita share of green spaces, increase the percentage of green space coverage within the developed areas in the emirate, and contribute to raising the global competitiveness index in this field. The project will be implemented over four years from 2021 to 2024. It is expected that about eight million square meters of green spaces will be added to it, through 29 projects with a budget of up to two billion dirhams, which will include all commercial and residential areas and main roads in Dubai.
The project aims to increase the greening and agricultural landscaping areas in the city, especially within the main roads and roads of residential and commercial areas. This includes establishing and developing the infrastructure for irrigation stations and networks, which would raise the per capita share of green spaces and increase the percentage of their coverage within the developed areas in the emirate, and contribute In raising the city’s global competitiveness index.
The project includes the cultivation of all major non-cultivated roads, such as the main intersections on Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, and Emirates Road, as well as the roads of residential areas, such as Nad Al Sheba, Al Warqaa, Al Barsha, Al Barsha South, Al Khawaneej and Al Mizhar. To improve the environment within residential areas and encourage exercise, especially walking, as well as social contact.
The project took into account the development and construction of irrigation networks, main lines, pumping and filtration stations, in line with the current and future expansions in green spaces, and ensuring efficient and effective management of recycled water, ensuring the sustainability of this important resource.
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