BY A STAFF REPORTER
The Dubai Municipality (DM) is planning to complete several new projects to enhance plantation in Dubai in co-ordination with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), while also focusing on innovative ideas for implementation of horticultural projects in future.
Speaking during a meeting of Plantation Committee of Dubai city to review the ongoing projects, Engineer Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of DM, also stressed the need to develop the aesthetic touches to the streets and roundabouts.
Lootah focused his attention on the importance of planting and landscaping of the area of Hatta, in addition to organising activities, events and campaigns to cultivate and beautify the city, and optimum utilisation of the water resources in covering and cultivating the various areas.
They reviewed the ongoing projects including the Arabian Ranches roundabout which is considered one of the largest projects carried out by the department as it covers an area of 32 hectares.
During June, the municipality will complete many projects such as the Kuwait Street project (1.8 hectares), Al Baraha Hospital Road (8.0 hectares), Rabat Street (3.8 hectares), Tripoli Street (6.2 hectares), Al Garhoud intersection (8.7 hectares), Al Mina Street (4.87 acres), Zabeel-2 Street (3.4 hectares), and the second phase of Bab Al Shams Street (20 hectares).
Lootah said beautification projects will be completed soon resulting in 283.6 hectares of cultivated areas in the emirate. The projects will include beautifying the city through cultivation of parks, roads, intersections and woods as well as rural areas.
He said that the municipality will make great efforts this year in the area of public parks projects to cover an area of 35.65 hectares. It has already completed during the month of March two jogging tracks in Khawaneej at an area of 1.44 hectares and at Al Nahda Pond Park at an area of 6.4 hectares.
During this year the municipality is expected to complete the Pond Park project at Al Quoz, which covers an area of 6 hectares, in addition to the park project at Muhaisina-1, which covers an area of 1.7 hectares, Abu Hail project at an area of 2.9 hectares, Al Barsha-2 project at an area of 11 hectares, Al Qusais-2 park project at an area of 1.5 hectares, the neighbourhood park in Garhoud at an area of 0.66 hectares, Al Barsha-1 at an area of 1.0 hectares, Al Barsha-2 park project at an area of 1.7 hectares and Al Barsha-3 Park at an area of 1.2 hectares.
The municipality will also plant various areas and locations in the city, as 9.5 hectares of additional areas will be planted at 38 new sites and 27.3 hectares will be re-cultivated in 24 locations in different parts of the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to the cultivation of the city's intersections and roundabouts, where it has cultivated in the first phase 18 roundabouts and intersections during which 1,328 trees were planted on 12 sites.
During the second phase 37 roundabouts and intersections will be planted with 7,518 trees.
The municipality will also implement projects for the cultivation of forests and protected areas where 51 hectares of natural reserves in the emirate Dubai will be cultivated.