New signboards on dos and don’ts at beaches

DUBAI - Beachgoers have been advised by the Dubai Municipality to follow strictly the instructions given on the new signboards.

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Published: Tue 16 Nov 2010, 11:27 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:01 PM

The civic body’s Coastal Zone and Waterways Management Section has erected 50 new signboards with instructions for beachgoers, taking into account the huge rush of visitors to the public beaches during the Eid holidays and winter season.

Head of the Section Alya AbdulRahim Al Harmoudi called upon the public to avoid swimming after sunset or in bad weather conditions. She said it was important to stay away and not to swim near the breaking waves and rock barriers due to the strong currents near these areas.

She said the public open beaches in the emirate had been witnessing, since last month, a significant increase in the number of visitors, especially during the weekends.

“The new signboards have been designed in a distinctive umbrella-shaped style to suit the coastal environment and have been distributed in all the public beaches in the emirate, including Al Mamzar Creek Beach, and the beaches of Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, and Dubai Marina,” she said.

Al Harmoudi appealed to the visitors of these beaches, especially families and youngsters, to be committed to preserve the coastal environment and not to leave garbage and leftovers of food on the beaches.

The official said practices such as barbecuing, smoking Shisha, lighting fire, overnight camping on the beaches and taking dogs and other animals were prohibited in all the beaches in Dubai and clear instructions regarding this have been given on the signboards.

She said the Environment Department was working hard to provide necessary field monitoring for the public open beaches to prevent any violations that may harm the beach environment and disrupt the serene atmosphere.

The official noted that beach visitors could properly plan their trips to the beach by visiting the Dubai Municipality website which is dedicated to monitoring the coastal zone, The website displays real-time data on the status of the sea and meteorology, as well as aerial snapshots that show the developments in public beaches.

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