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Dubai earmarks millions for five new parks

Municipality says it aims to make city one of the greenest in the world

Dubai earmarks millions for five new parks
Zabeel park, designed by Cracknell, is one of Dubai’s largest and best known parks.

Authorities in Dubai have earmarked millions of dollars to develop five new residential parks and public squares across the emirate.

In an announcement carried by official media, Dubai Municipality director general Hussein Lootah said that AED17m ($4.6m) would be spent on expanding green and recreational areas.

“It comes as a complement to the policy of expanding green areas and in order to distribute them and provide entertainment services in a balanced manner to all areas of the emirate. The contracts have been awarded and the projects are currently in the preparation stage," Lootah was quoted as saying.

The statement did not specify where the new parks and squares would be located, or when they would be developed.

A separate official from Dubai’s horticulture department was quoted as saying that there were currently 103 parks and public places in the emirate, including six major parks, two open beaches, four pond parks, 33 residential parks and 58 public squires.

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