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Revealed: how Dubai is getting greener

Dubai Municipality adds 1.7 million square metres of green areas in the city in 2018 by planting 44,000 trees

Revealed: how Dubai is getting greener
Dubai Municipality said it has completed cultivation on 172 hectares, which is equivalent to 1,720,000 square metres, bringing the total planted area until the end of 2018 to 3,701 hectares.

Dubai Municipality added 1.7 million square metres of green areas in the city in 2018 by planting 44,000 trees on the roads and squares.

It said it has completed cultivation on 172 hectares, which is equivalent to 1,720,000 square metres, bringing the total planted area until the end of 2018 to 3,701 hectares.

Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: “We have started to increase the green area in the emirate, targeting an average of 25 square metres per capita of green spaces in the urban area."

He added: "We started planting local environment trees such as Ghaff, Sidr and trees that bear the salinity of our soil. We have developed and re-engineered agriculture on the roads and squares of Dubai and introduced for the first time new trees to withstand the UAE's environment, such as the Boseda and green Cassia trees, which were newly produced in the nurseries of the Municipality, in addition to the plant walls that prevent the encroachment of sand on the roads."

Dubai Municipality said it is keen to increase the diversity of its horrticultural patterns, reflected on Jumeirah and Al Wasl roads.

It added that the green area on Airport Road, Nad Al Sheba area and Oud Metha is also increased and ornamental plants are found at the intersections of the bridges.

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