Dubai Municipality investment of $816m to improve sustainability by 2025

Municipal body says sustainability in landscaping is currently a challenge in the emirate

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The Dubai Municipality is working to transform the emirate into a ‘green paradise’ by 2025 through investments that can improve the sustainability of Dubai’s landscaping sector.

“We have plans for giant projects by 2025, which includes the expansion of sewer lines and the irrigation network,” Salah Abdul Rahman Amiri, assistant director-general of the Dubai Municipality told Khaleej Times. “These are mainly concentrated on preparations for Expo 2020 as we want to make Dubai a green paradise.”

According to Amiri, up to $816.7 million (AED3 billion) will be invested in the expansion and enhancement of Dubai’s irrigation network by 2025, so as to facilitate the emirate’s planned sustainable landscaping projects.

“We are having problems with sustainable landscaping. The challenge is mainly with water,” he said.

Earlier this year, managing director of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Committee, H.E. Reem Al Hashimi had said the emirate’s authorities and expo planners would work to make the world exhibition in 2020 the ‘greenest Expo ever’.

“It is critical that what we deliver in 2020 is sustainable, but the timeline preceding the delivery must carry the same message and legacy of sustainability and mobility that the Expo 2020 itself will. We hope to do this by building research institutions within the expo site which will keep the message alive and strong for generations to come,” she said.

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