Dubai to spend $1.6bn in bid to become a "green paradise"

Dubai Municipality reportedly planning huge investment in irrigation network to boost green areas by 2025
Dubai to spend $1.6bn in bid to become a
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By Andy Sambidge
Wed 07 May 2014 01:55 PM

Dubai Municipality is planning to spend AED6bn ($1.63bn) to transform the emirate into a "green paradise" by 2025, it was reported on Wednesday.

The massive investment has been earmarked for soft landscaping and the irrigation network in Dubai, according to officials.

"We have plans for giant projects by 2025, which include the expansion of sewer lines and the irrigation network," said Salah Abdul Rahman Amiri, assistant director-general of the Municipality in comments published by news agency WAM.

"These are mainly concentrated on preparations for Expo 2020 as we want to make Dubai a green paradise," Amiri said, adding, that new legislation is also being planned to ensure that developers share the onus of expanding the green belt in the city.

Amiri said over AED3bn would be spent on improving and expanding the irrigation network by 2025, which would bolster the landscaping projects.

"We are having problems with sustainable landscaping. The challenge is mainly with water," he was quoted as saying.

Around 45 million plants were planted in 2013 and the Municipality is expecting a five to 10 percent increase, depending on upcoming projects, the report said

Up to 30 small park projects are in the pipeline to add to the green lungs of the desert city which currently boasts about 7,000 hectares of green space.

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