March 29, 2020

Dubai in top 10 green cities


Dubai has been ranked among the top 10 cities in the world for green building, according to a recent white paper published by Solidiance, a management consultancy firm focused on Asia. The emirate ranked eighth on the list. Dubai was given a score of 43.5%, and scored strongly in the ‘green building efficiency and performance’ category. Paris, Singapore and London ranked among the top three global cities for green buildings. The white paper aims to assess and compare the performance of the top 10 global cities specifically with regards to green buildings, with performance rated across four categories: City-wide green…

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Journey to paradise


Cape Reed was appointed as designer and contractor for an innovative ‘paradise park’ for children in Dubai. Cape Reed was hired to create a children’s ‘paradise’ in Dubai – somewhere that children could spend time (without technology) and experience fresh air and adventure. The park is known as ‘The Journey’ and is located just off of Dubai’s Kite Beach. The site covers a total area of 2,400m². The final designs for the project were completed in May 2015 and the contract was signed in June 2015. Construction started immediately and the project was completed in excellent time despite minor setbacks…

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Students in Oman create ‘Plant Coffee’


A group of Omani students have created an eco-friendly liquid manure that claims to help plants grow faster. Econas, the student-run company said this first-of-its-kind product will help Omani farmers grow their flowers and vegetables more smoothly. Made up of 11 members, the company will start selling its “Plant Coffee” next week. Farmers in Oman currently use solid manure, which takes more time to blend with soil and is more expensive. The new “Plant Coffee” is set be sold at a price of 350 Omani baisa per litre. “It provides better nutrition to a plant as its ingredients consist of only…

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Kuwait beautification department cuts back trees


In the searing heat of Kuwait, trees provide the best shade for people, animals and even vehicles from the direct rays of the sun. But just as Kuwait’s spring turns to summer, trees across the country are being drastically pruned or even cut back despite the need for shade. The beautification department of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) is in charge of this work. Director of the execution and maintenance department at PAAAFR Abdul Mohsen Khaja on preparations for the summer stated: “The beautification department monitors maintenance contracts with horticulture companies that are specialized in agriculture…

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Green drive for Abu Dhabi


Green is the word for the development in the growing capital city of the country. Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADCM) has charted out a plan for 130 parks in different parts of Abu Dhabi Island and the Mainland from 2014 to 2017, with an area of 83.7 million square metres covered with lush green grass, flower beds and vegetation. The ADCM is going ahead with its green drive by expanding green spaces, doubling the number of trees, increasing landscaping projects for streets and squares and growing more domestic flora. Abu Dhabi and suburbs now contain more than 588,763 trees including palm trees…

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Malaya University visit Qur’anic Botanic Garden


The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) recently played host to a delegation visiting from the University of Malaya in Malaysia. The visit came after Fatima bint Saleh al-Khulaifi, project manager of QBG, presented a lecture at the International Conference on Food Research Based On Sunnah Nabawiah held at the University of Malaya in April 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to document the medicinal plants mentioned in the Sunnah, and to conduct scientific research to study their active substances and match their properties with the medicinal uses mentioned in the Hadith. In particular, the plants of Indian…

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Sharjah working against desertification


Ecological groups and authorities in Sharjah are making headway against desertification, planting greenery to keep land erosion at bay, said officials at UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification on June 17. New trees are helping in the reforestation of Sharjah, said Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chairperson of The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah. The authority said in a statement on Thursday that the EPAA’s efforts are supported by the Environmental Degradation Prevention Act, which imposes a fine on anyone who commits any environmental offence or violation that could lead to deforestation or desertification. “Within just a short period…

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Qur’anic Garden signs pact to increase research


Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has signed a protocol of co-operation (PoC) with the Agriculture Research Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment. The agreement aims to strengthen scientific, agricultural, and environmental research in Qatar, through the conservation of national plant resources and modern mechanisms in horticultural preservation and agricultural sustainability. QBG’s partnership with the Agriculture Research Department reflects its commitment to enhancing Qatar’s sustainable development and reinforces the Environmental Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Project manager of QBG Fatima bint Saleh al-Khulaifi stated that the agreement is extremely beneficial…

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British study finds fifth of plant species at risk of extinction


A fifth of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned on Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom. The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21% of species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants. The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to be the biggest extinction threat, representing 31%t of the total risk to plants. Logging and the gathering of plants followed…

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LG Electronics pledge to preserve national tree


LG Electronics has committed to preserve the Ghaf, the national tree of the UAE. As part of their ongoing global initiative to promote a sustainable way of living, the company made the announcement on June 5 as part of World Environment Day. Identified by the United Nations’ as a day of encouragement for worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment, World Environment Day has seen LG employees across the world participating in various volunteer activities for several years. As part of LG Electronics ongoing global initiative towards promoting a sustainable way of living, the company engaged in the tree planting project…

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