Rally leaves a lot of work for cleaners

DUBAI— After the celebrations, it’s time to clear up the litter. The Dubai Municipality is working round-the-clock to remove litter from streets following the celebrations for the UAE’s victory in the Gulf Cup while revellers are making a beeline for car wash outlets to rid their vehicles of paints and stickers.

By Joy Sengupta

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Published: Sun 4 Feb 2007, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:25 AM

Cleaning teams from the civic body had a particularly tough time on Friday after thousands of soccer fans spilled onto the streets to welcome the team back. Officials of the municipality’s Waste Services Section said they were putting in extra efforts to clear the heaps of rubbish and clean up the road.

“It has been a hard task for the municipality. But it is not a problem for us. Teams had been working throughout the day to ensure that the streets were clean. The number of sweepers and cleaners for the city has also been increased,” said an official, adding that Karama, Emirates Road and Shaikh Zayed Road were the worst hit areas. Car wash outlets are apparently doing brisk business.

Irfan Ahmad, an employee with the Grand Lube Car shop in Karama, said, “Most of the people had painted their cars with all kinds of colours. And a normal wash is not going to help. We have long queues of customers.” “Most of the people are opting for an automatic wash,” said an official of the Emarat Petrol Station in Bur Dubai.

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