By Neil Halligan
Dubai Municipality says confiscated ivory worth 'millions of dirhams', includes elephant tusks
Dubai Municipality will destroy six tonnes of ivory seized from smugglers, according to an official.
The ivory, which is in all shapes and sizes, consists of elephant tusks, polished, rough, or bracelets.
It was confiscated by Dubai officials over a number of years and is worth “millions of dirhams”, according to Aisha Al Muhairi, head of the municipality’s marine, environment and wildlife section.
Al Muhairi told Gulf News that the ivory will be crushed in sludge and rendered useless, in line with international regulations. She added that it will be first time in the Middle East that such a quantity will be destroyed.
“This will be a major national event, not just for Dubai but for the UAE. We, the municipality and the ministry, are partners. It’ll be a first of its kind event in the Middle East,” Al Muhairi said.
“Before it had not been easy to crush. The developing countries usually burn the ivory, but that’s not okay for us to do, [especially] with such a huge amount,” she added.