By Sarah Townsend
Official figures claim a total of 1,160 tonnes of waste were retrieved from the Dubai trade hub last year
Almost two tonnes of rubbish is retrieved from Dubai Creek every day, new figures reveal.
Dubai Municipality said it collected around 1,160 tonnes of debris from the 7 km Dubai Creek in 2014.
The daily average amount removed is between 1.5 and two tonnes, it added.
The figures were revealed as Dubai Municipality announced the launch of four new 45ft-long waste collection boats to clean the Dubai waterways, with a capacity of three tonnes each.
They will bring the total number of such boats to 11, according to a report in Khaleej Times.
Over the last five years, the municipality has improved its marine fleet to clean up the famous Dubai Creek, which it has requested be listed as World Heritage Site.
Dubai Municipality reportedly oversees nine marine sites for unloading waste in the emirate.
“Conserving the environment and keeping it clean is one of the top priorities of the Dubai Municipality,” Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the Dubai Municipality, was quoted as saying.
He added that littering in the Creek is a punishable offence with fines of AED500 attached. Meanwhile oil leakages in waterways are punishable by a AED3,000 fine.