Dubai Municipality intensifies cleaning and awareness efforts in desert areas
Since October, Dubai Municipality has started implementing a comprehensive work program to ensure the cleanliness of desert areas in the Emirate, through a specialized team equipped with all the equipment and tools necessary for the success of this program, which will continue until the end of April next year.
Eng. Abdulmajeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department confirmed that the Municipality is always keen to provide workers and supervisors equipped with various equipment and means for storing waste and barbecue residues, in order to maintain the cleanliness of such sites around the clock, given the significant increase in the number of visitors and hikers during this period.
Since the beginning of the year when the season for desert trips and recreation started, Dubai Municipality commenced the implementation of work program, follow-up and awareness programs in all desert and rural areas, such as Al Qudra Street extension, Al Ruwaiya-3 area, Al-Warsan-2 and 3, Margham Street, tourist locations in Hatta, Al Qudra Lakes, Love Lakes, the area behind defense camp in Al Aweer, Lehbab-2 area, Tripoli Street, Wadi Al Amardi area, Wadi Al Shabak, Emirates Road, Amman Street in Al Khawaneej, Al Tayy area and all other open land areas in the emirate.
A team has been assigned to follow up the cleaning tasks of desert sites, consisting of 100 cleaning workers, 33 supervisory and control staff, and 6 desert bikes dedicated to cleaning up wild areas and 24 different additional mechanisms for transporting and collecting waste.
The work plan started since the beginning of October and the field plan program included a number of main topics, the most prominent of which is the implementation of the tasks of monitoring the cleanliness of desert sites, the removal of all waste periodically and the implementation of field awareness programs for the public at these sites, in addition to providing appropriate waste storage methods and special containers for the safe disposal of coal waste. The Municipality staff were able to collect and remove approximately 143 tons of general waste from the beginning of October until mid-November from these sites.
The implementation of the online community awareness campaign, entitled “Our Desert is Beautiful” under the slogan, “Together to Sustain the Cleanliness of Desert Areas,” has been launched on websites and social media sites to raise awareness on the proper ways to deal with barbecue, charcoal and trip waste.
The implementation of the field awareness program has also been started for those visiting the desert areas in Al Ruwaya and Al Qudra Lakes. There will be a regular program for these visitors, and we are trying to use drones in audio awareness operations for the public in hard-to-reach areas and to cover larger areas to optimize the use of this technology in the field of awareness.