By Lubna Hamdan
CEO Rashid Al Ghurair was inspired to fight climate change following the devastating impact of wildfires around the world
Dubai-born tech start-up Cafu, which delivers fuel to motorists, will use custom-built drones to plant one million Ghaf trees in the UAE in a bid to fight climate change.
In December 2019, the company conducted a pilot project that saw the planting of 4,000 seeds in Sharjah.
Cafu founder and CEO Rashid Al Ghurair said the project was inspired by the overwhelming impact of wildfires around the world.
“When I first witnessed the devastating impact of wildfires across the world, I wondered whether there were ways to leverage our technology to tackle this problem. With climate change already a reality, we believe that as a business we have an increased responsibility to play a role in delivering solutions,” he said.
“By leveraging our own technology capabilities, and bringing together leading minds from across sectors, we are proud to launch this initiative, to reduce levels of carbon dioxide from our direct environment. The Ghaf Tree is indigenous to this region and our mission to plant one million trees is reflective of Dubai’s philosophy of not just being innovative but building solutions for future generations,” he added.
The Ghaf tree, which is the UAE's symbol for the Year of Tolerance, is able to survive in the region’s harsh conditions. It requires a minimal amount of water and maintenance to be able to absord up to 34.65 kg of carbon dioxide per tree, per year. Its roots are also able to penetrate the soil up to 80 meters deep.
As for Cafu, it was launched in 2018 as the region’s first on-demand petrol delivery service for cars, motorcycles and boat owners across Ajman, Dubai and Sharjah. It recently announced a new R&D center at Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.