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Lush green grass, flower beds envelope Capital

Haseeb Haider/Abu Dhabi
Filed on May 14, 2016

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According to latest numbers, an area as huge as 83.7 million square metres is under lush green grass, flower beds and vegetation in Abu Dhabi

Green is the word for the development in the growing capital city of the country.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADCM) has charted out a plan for 130 parks in different parts of Abu Dhabi Island and the Mainland from 2014 to 2017.

According to latest numbers, an area as huge as 83.7 million square metres is under lush green grass, flower beds and vegetation in Abu Dhabi.

The ADCM is going ahead with its green drive by expanding green spaces, redoubling the number of trees, increasing landscaping projects for streets and squares, and growing more domestic flora.

The green movement also includes an area of 12.97 square metres, which have been covered with flowers, and the length of existing hedges was extended to reach 33.1metres.

Know the parks, playing areas

Abu Dhabi Island now includes 34 parks and 39 playing areas, with seven additional parks and 23 playing areas to be completed in residential neighbourhoods by the end of this year.

The Mainland now has 13 parks and playing areas, excluding Khalifa bin Zayed City, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, and Shakhboot City; and as many as 20 parks and eight playing areas will be constructed in the forthcoming years.

Land covering plants and shrubs cover an area of 31.1million square metres; and now Abu Dhabi and suburbs contain more than 588,763 trees including palm trees and ornamental trees.

The above statistics are related to ADCM and affiliated towns Al Bateen, Mussafah, Al Wathba and Al Shahama townships.

According to last year's statistics, Abu Dhabi City (which is Abu Dhabi Island and the Mainland) now boast of 83 parks, while Mainland, Khalifa bin Zayed City, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, and Shakhboot City witness more development projects to keep pace with the development drive seen by Abu Dhabi Island.

In coordination with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, several plans have now been drafted to carry out more landscaping projects as envisioned in Abu Dhabi 2030 Strategy Plan. Earlier this year, the municipality opened one park in Mohammed bin Zayed City, bringing the total number of parks opened this year to seven.

The municipality has made strenuous efforts to introduce local flora as per the approved landscaping projects guide issued by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport in mid-2013.

The civic body has placed this drive at the top of its environmental strategy 2014 - 2020 as regards adopting proposed mechanisms to introduce domestic plants in landscaping projects.

The Landscaping Projects Guide provides for introducing native plants in landscaping projects in order to reduce irrigation water, and cut operation and maintenance expenses.

The ADCM celebrated this year's Earth Day, themed 'Trees for the Earth', with more green achievements by expanding landscaped areas, planting more trees, and building more parks, recreational facilities, and road landscaping projects, among other greenery works covering all municipal assets and public utilities.

Observing this global event reaffirms the commitment of the civic body in preserving environment, and addressing challenges of climate change by paying greater attention to public awareness.

haseeb@khaleejtimes.com


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