The Ajman and Sharjah municipalities, as part of the 37th afforestation week, expanded the green areas and opened two parks in the two emirates. The Plantation Week is being organised nationwide under the slogan “Let’s plant a greener emirates together”.
The opening of the new parks – Al Nakhilat and Al Jurainah parks – follows the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who is keen on expanding the green areas in the emirate.
Hassan Al Taffaq, director of environment and plantation department at the Sharjah Municipality, said that Al Nakhilat park covers an area of 9,744 square metre, while Al Jurainah park spans an area of 16,419 square metre. With the addition of the parks, the number of parks in Sharjah has gone up to 61 (distributed among residential areas).
Apart from lawn, trees, benches and walking area, the parks also have sports courts (like tennis, basket-ball) as well as other kinds of entertainment activities for children.
The Plantation Week is being celebrated nationwide to fight desertification by expanding the green area and encouraging residents to establish small gardens in their houses and villas.
In order to make people aware of the importance of plantating trees, the municipality is organising several activities to celebrate the week, said Hanan Jassim, head of the parks section at the Sharjah Municipality. The activities include competitions, art workshop, distribution of plant and flower among children, music and folk dance.
“Beautifying areas, making them more scenic by adding greener areas will revive the spirit and feeling of happiness among the residents and visitors of the parks,” she said.
In Ajman, Abdul Rahman Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Ajan Municipality, on Wednesday opened three green squares in vital areas in the emirate, including Al Rawdah in 1,370 sqm, Al Muwihat 2 covering an area of 1,827 sqm, and Al Hummaidia in an area of 1,508sqm. The development of the three green areas – as part of the 37th Plantation Week – cost the municipality D800,000.
The three squares include play areas, rides, walking area, benches, trees and flowers, and lighting poles.
Al Nuaimi pointed out in 2016, the Ajman municipality completed several greenery projects including the opening of the Al Safia parks, Flag area, Martyrs square.
Plantation Week explained
Launched in 1980, the Plantation Week is an annual initiative that takes place across the UAE to promote the role of society members in spreading green landscapes. Throughout the week, municipalities across the country aim to educate residents on the importance of growing plants and engage youngsters in agricultural activities. Now in its 37th year, the week-long programme ends today
Dubai Municipality opens Dh6m public park
Dubai – As part of the UAE Plantation Week activities, the Dubai Municipality has opened its fourth park to promote culture of plantation and expand green areas in the emirate. It is opening a total of five parks during the week-long programme under the slogan “Let’s plant a greener emirates together”.
Senior officials opened Al Mizhar 2 Park on Wednesday by planting a set of trees and touring a side exhibition, which featured a range of decorative and agricultural projects implemented by the Dubai Municipality across the emirate.
The Dh6 million park, which occupies an area of 1.7 hectares, is characterized by its unique design with 0.88 hectares featuring decorative planting.
The Public Parks and Horticulture Department provided service facilities in the park including a major plaza, soccer field area of ??1,243 square metres, two volley ball fields, children playgrounds for kids in the agegroup of 2-5 years and 6-12 years, and a 465-metre-long jogging track.
The park includes 45 palm trees, 103 decorative trees, 265 bushes, and 2,928 square metre of green spaces and a 655 sqm stretch covered with flowers.
The civic body kicked off the week with the opening of Al Warqa’a 3 Park on Sunday; Nad Al Sheba 2 Park on Monday; Al Khawaneej Pond Park on Tuesday; and Al Mizhar 2 Park on Wednesday. Hatta Valley Park and the Hatta Square are the other parks that will be opened on Thursday.