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Al Ain Municipality launches Ghaf pruning drive

Posted on 16/01/2014

The public's help is being sought to prune the city's numerous Ghaf trees. The tree, popularly known as the umbrella tree, is of central importance in desert eco-culture and is part of the UAE's cultural heritage. The tree is indigenous to the UAE and was a source of food for domestic animals and wildlife and also supported the Bedouin lifestyle. The municipality is running the seasonal pruning campaign to boost the tree's natural growth and the city's image. The campaign needs the ...  >>MORE

EAD official stresses importance of Mangroves

Posted on 10/10/2011

With the United Arab Emirates having 75 square kilometres of mangrove forests, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General at Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), said yesterday it was important to conserve and protect this species. The mangrove is a unique tree species which helps reduce the impact of climate change, acts as a nursery to the emirate's fish stocks and as a buffer protecting coastal areas against extreme weather events. The species is often referred to as the lungs of the ...  >>MORE

Mangrove planting drive on Sir Bani Yas island

Posted on 28/01/2009

Over 1,500 mangrove seedlings are being planted on Sir Bani Yas Island, the nature-based destination recently opened to tourists, as part of a visitor pledge by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the resort's master developer. When Sir Bani Yas Island opened to guests last October, TDIC pledged to plant one mangrove for every visitor, ensuring tourists contribute to the preservation of Abu Dhabi's natural resources. "The pledge has been well received by guests who are all eager ...  >>MORE

Green drive in Dubai
to plant Ghaf trees

Posted on 05/10/2008

The environmental campaign Mission Green Earth will see distribution of seeds for 100,000 Ghaf trees for plantation by UAE residents. The initiative, part of a global campaign, aims for one million UAE residents to stand up on October 17, 18 and 19 to remind their government of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a sustainable environment. Campaign spokesperson Rugmani Prabhakar said that as well as raising awareness, Mission Green Earth had an important practical component, ...  >>MORE

Extinct mangrove species flowers once again in UAE

Posted on 14/08/2008

After about 100 years of being lost, the mangrove species Rhizophora mucronata has once again been discovered in UAE waters. The plantations are surviving successfully in the natural environmental conditions and have even begun flowering. Rhizophora mucronata once grew in the UAE but historical records demonstrate that this species probably became extinct due to over-exploitation. "The Arabian Gulf has a strong historical linkage with Al Qurm (mangroves). They are unique and precious ...  >>MORE

A garden of hope lives in the face of a barren future

Posted on 27/12/2006

With the world's deserts encroaching on civilisation and United Nations chiefs issuing stark warnings of environmental perils, the two glass pyramids of the Sheikh Zayed International Desert Botanical Garden have developed a symbolic significance in mankind's struggle against the elements. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan gifted the 2,800sq m desert range to the botanical gardens at the University of Hamburg in 2003. Sporting pyramid structures shaped like dhow-boat sails, the ...  >>MORE

Planters landscape first ever Botanical Museum in the region

Posted on 27/11/2006

Dubai based Planters Horticulture have been contracted by the Government of Sharjah to advise on and execute the interior landscaping of the first Botanical Museum in the Middle East, which is located in Sharjah, next to the Natural History Museum. This is the most ambitious and challenging interior landscaping project undertaken in the UAE - if not the entire Middle East. The Botanical Museum has been specifically designed to create a pre-historic rain forest that accurately reflects the ...  >>MORE

Rare tree found in UAE

Posted on 30/03/2005

The Red Silk Cotton Tree, which naturally grows in the foothills in the northern parts of the subcontinent, has been found at two places in the UAE by Dr Reza Khan, Head of Dubai Municipality's Dubai Zoo, and a nature enthusiast. Dr Khan attributes the presence of the rare trees, which grow in climatic conditions completely at odds with those of the UAE, to human interest in nature. According to Dr Khan, most of the trees seen in the parks, gardens and various golf and racing courses in the ...  >>MORE