By Michele Howe
Dubai Municipality to add new nurseries to help it meet its strategic greenery goals..
Dubai Municipality is planning to open additional nurseries to help it obtain the massive plant supplies required to meet its strategic greenery goals.
The authority plans to open towards the ends of 2008 a new nursery in Dubai, where it will grow different types of outdoor plants.
A second nursery, called Ready Plant, is planned for Sharjah and expected to be open by 2009.
Dubai Municipality made the announcement at a press conference yesterday in support of next month's Dubai-based horticulture trade show International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM Expo).
"The market is not able to provide that large a quantity [of plants] for our need so we have many nurseries to produce the plants which are suitable for our environment," Hana Al Zarooni, flower production engineer for the Public Parks and Horticulture Department told Commercial Outdoor Design.
The authority will also be looking at using more indigenous plants, she added.
All plants supplied for Dubai Municipality projects will be locally produced, the authority said.
Dubai Municipality plans to undertake 109 landscape and beautification projects in 2008. This will include the development of six public parks, 21 neighbourhood parks, 23 community facilities and four pond parks.
The work is part of an overall commitment by the government to increase the percentage of greenery in Dubai from 1.4% of total urban land in 2007 to 3.15% of the total by 2011, and to 8% by 2020.
IPM Expo takes place March 4-6 at Airport Expo Dubai.