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The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has won the Greenery Prize of the 10th Arab Towns Organisation Award held in Doha, Qatar and announced last Thursday evening, in a session witnessing fierce competition and heavy participation from Arab metropolises and capitals.
Clinching this prestigious Award comes in recognition of the efforts put by the Municipality towards expanding the scope of greenery all over the city. It demonstrates the huge attention assigned by the Municipality to projects landscaping in terms of adopting rehabilitation and upgrading works inspired by heritage, tradition and suitability to the local habitat, in a way that meets the standards set for landscaping engineering in the city of Abu Dhabi.
Khalifa Al Mazroo'ee, General Manager of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, said: "Winning this Award culminates the generous patronage and supreme directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to enhance the aesthetic features and maintain the environment of Abu Dhabi. This landmark achievement is also attributed to the support and follow-up of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, of the greening drive with a view to upgrading it in accordance with Abu Dhabi Government strategy '&' plans up to 2030. Thus landing this prestigious Award is a definite outcome of these directives and plans envisaging placing Abu Dhabi city among the best cosmopolitan cities, and ranking it among the top 5 cities worldwide.
The pioneering greenery '&' forestation practices of Abu Dhabi Emirate had and is still commanding the attention of several regional and international organisations as it is a unique experiment across the region that had succeeded in an area dominated by harsh environmental conditions unfavourable for plantation growth. These projects warranted undertaking an array of huge technological works involving the soil, irrigation water, piping and network in addition to construction of dams, stations and other engineering works which have been customised to address the beatification aspects in a way befitting the nature of the neighbourhood.
It is worth-mentioning that Arab Towns Organisation Award, which was established in 1983 with permanent Head Office at Doha, awards these prizes every three years to the towns winning each category of the Award, based on nominations received from Arab scientific institutions such as universities, specialised scientific institutes, research centres, and municipalities of member Arab towns. Greenery Award won by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is awarded to an Arab city that has developed a well-rehearsed scientific plan for expanding and maintaining the greens of a city, introducing plants suitable to the local habitat, and addressing the beatification aspects in parks as well as the security of their visitors.
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has played a leading role in expanding the greenery across Abu Dhabi, and does not only care for the conservation '&' maintenance of plantation in the city of Abu Dhabi and areas under its domain, but also adopts a creative approach in developing and promoting this drive through engaging all of its sectors, divisions and sections to meet this end in an efficient manner. Areas covered by plantation in roads, townships, roadsides and parks within Abu Dhabi Island is estimated in the order of 1250 hectares, while the number of trees outside Abu Dhabi Island is in excess of 5.5 million trees in the Mainland spanning an area exceeding 27,000 hectares.
The Municipality is currently engaged in a scheme of reshaping the greenery all over the city and external roads according to a classification criteria aligned with the priorities of conservation of the environment '&' soil, and aesthetic aspects. In the meantime, the Municipality is seeking to strike a balance between the greenery area and population density in line with the international standards of urbanised housing that meets the (residential, commercial, administrative, industrial, recreational and service) requirements of various areas in keeping with the need to conserve a healthy environment under the ultimate objective of ranking Abu Dhabi city side by side with the cosmopolitan cities of advanced countries.
The Municipality is progressing with formulating advanced plans for a set of landscaping projects capable of boosting the profile of Abu Dhabi City worldwide through offering best-in-class services geared with the rapid urban development and excellent performance criteria. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
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