September 24, 2017

Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park in Fujairah upgraded

Sitting north of Fujairah overlooking Al Hajar Mountains, Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park has long been a place to unwind, relax and entertain children. Following a major upgrade, the 39,000-square-metre park has a new lush, green landscape, playground equipment and other facilities. Residents welcomed the refurbishment, saying many of the facilities were old and in need of maintenance. “Madhab park is one of the few getaways in Fujairah, especially during cool weather,” said Thuraya Aziz, a 30-year-old Tunisian mother of three: “My kids love to ride their bikes there due to the huge space compared to other parks. It’s one of…

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Middle East Consultant Awards back for second year

The second Middle East Consultant Awards event is to be held on 8 November 2016 at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai. Registrations for the second instalment of the Middle East Consultant Awards, to be held on 8 November 2016, are now open at www.meconsultantawards.com. The awards, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai, celebrate the achievements of consultants, architects and designers in the Middle East, along with the iconic projects that they create. Following the success of the first-ever Middle East Consultant Awards in 2015, which saw over 250 guests attend…

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Pokémon Go fans advised to watch their step in Dubai’s parks

Pokémon Go fans should use civic senses and obey safety and privacy rules while playing the game in Dubai’s public parks, a senior official has said. Fears about the new gaming craze raising safety and privacy concerns have mounted across the world and Dubai is no exception. While parks and other open areas are touted as the best places to chase the virtual Pokémon characters, players will not be allowed to cross their limits in parks, the Dubai Municipality has clarified. The municipality slaps a fine of Dh500 for damaging or plucking flowers. In the wake of reports of players endangering…

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Qatar residents encouraged to create roof gardens

Residents in Qatar with a roof space to spare are being encouraged to fill it with trees and plants to help make the country greener. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), which has planted 255 trees on the roof of its own building to help jumpstart the campaign. The ministry hopes that residents will be inspired to follow suit, planting trees in pots and watering them through drip irrigation techniques. In the film on the MME’s YouTube channel, Mohammed al Khouri said most roofs are currently only home to water tanks and air…

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Citizens upset at condition of Bayda Al-Madinah Park

Instead of being an outlet for the city’s residents, while it already suffers a shortage of green spaces, Bayda Al-Madinah Park has become a hosting ground for dead trees and neglected, dried and uprooted plants after being deprived of water. Dead trees and plants are not the only problems. Inside the park there are doors indicating that there is entrance beside the road, but without a fence. The doors are rusty reflecting the neglect that the park suffers from. Games and entertainment in the park are rusty and only a few of them are in good condition. Toilets are unfit…

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MECA distributing saplings to combat desertification

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In Muscat the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) is distributing saplings of wild trees native to the sultanate among public as part of its efforts to combat desertification. Dr Thuraya Said al Sariri, assistant director general of nature conservation in MECA said: “We started the initiative titled, A’Shjar in March and have already distributed around 2,124 saplings. We want people to plant these saplings in homes, schools and farms.” Those interested in getting these saplings can visit the ministry’s nurseries in Salalah, Barka and Al Saleel Natural Park in South Sharqiyah. Dr Thuraya said the initiative has been…

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LED lighting market set to soar

Increased demand for energy efficient lighting solutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is spurring fresh growth for the LED market, as the sustainable and long-lasting luminaire looks to dominate the regional architectural and public lighting landscape. Analysts Frost & Sullivan estimate that the GCC’s LED (light-emitting diode) market was worth $900m in 2015, comprising 38% of the region’s total $2.4bn lighting fixtures market for the year. As regional governments implement eco-friendly green building regulations along with public and street light retrofitting programmes, demand for LED technology is expected to grow by 16-17% annually over the next five years. According…

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Committee meets to discuss eradicating mesquite

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The supervising committee of the national campaign to eradicate invasive plant mesquite held its first meeting on Sunday in the presence of H E Dr Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. H E Sajwani said that the process of eradicating the plant is a national duty, and everyone should join hands for the campaign because the plant is causing damage to agriculture and the environment. At the beginning of the campaign, the ministry stated that the plant has been a menace as it threatens local tree species, competing for water and soil nutrients. Its…

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Myrtle trees will be planted to beautify Kuwait

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The Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) announced on Wednesday it would go ahead with planting Myrtle trees as part of a project to beautify Kuwait and diversify its plant life. Engineer Ghanim Al-Sanad, head of the Execution and Maintenance Department at PAAAFR, said that the authority has begun experimenting with a variety of trees and shrubbery to determine which plants can withstand Kuwait’s dry and hot climate. The Myrtle tree is small and fragrant, with many braches that carry pink and white flowers, and bear black berries that can be consumed when ripe or can be…

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Worlds Biodiversity at ‘unsafe levels’

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Animal and plant species are dropping so fast that the world biodiversity loss has reached “unsafe levels,” as per a new study. Species “intactness” has dropped below what one research group considers the safe limit across about 58 percent of Earth’s terrestrial surface, the study reported. The results, part of perhaps the most comprehensive quantification of global biodiversity change to date, provide key insights into the current extent of biodiversity losses, which have been lacking to date. The Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) captures changes in species abundance. Researchers hypothesize that below a so-called safe limit of biodiversity intactness, the wide…

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