UAE - Dubai - March 07- 2011:  Tourist from Malta at Al Barsha Park. ( Jaime Puebla - The National Newspaper )
Tourist from Malta swing by Al Barsha Park in Dubai.

Grass gets greener as Dubai parks open

DUBAI // New parks are being opened across the city this week as part of a Dh65 million project to make the emirate greener.

Yesterday marked the official opening of Al Barsha Park 1, which covers 16,600 square metres, and cost Dh7 million. It has designated sports areas, fitness apparatus and a running track.

Al Sufouh Park, which cost Dh8.6m, also opened this week, and two further parks are to open today at Muhaisina and Abu Hail.

A further five parks and seven playgrounds are scheduled to open next year.

"Most of our small parks see an average of 1,000 visitors daily and larger parks see up to 4,000 people, especially at weekends," said Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director general of Dubai Municipality.

"When we provide these parks, besides being recreational and adding to the beautification, it's added value for the environment."

All week, municipal officials will be inaugurating new parks around Dubai emirate, in celebration of the 31st annual Plantation Week.

Speaking at yesterday's park opening, Ahmed Abdul Kareem, director of the public parks and horticulture department, said a new law would introduce a points system requiring the public and private sector to maintain a green quota in all areas.

"The law will cover new and existing areas and outline a plan over several years for implementation," said Mr Abdul Kareem.

"For example, a 100,000 square foot plot will be required to have 1,500 [greenery] points which are reflected through different plant varieties.

"A date palm would constitute two points, one square metre of grass would equal half a point and so on," he said.

The Greenery and Landscaping law is expected to be adopted within two years, he said, with the draft law almost complete and likely to be submitted for government approval soon.


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The flights

Etihad flies direct from Abu Dhabi to San Francisco from Dh5,760 return including taxes.

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Etihad Guest members get a 10 per cent worldwide discount when booking with Hertz, as well as earning miles on their rentals. A week's car hire costs from Dh1,500 including taxes.

The hotels

Along the route, Motel 6 ( offers good value and comfort, with rooms from $55 (Dh202) per night including taxes. In Portland, the Jupiter Hotel ( has rooms from $165 (Dh606) per night including taxes. The Society Hotel has rooms from $130 (Dh478) per night including taxes.

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Founder/CEO name(s): Tarek Kabrit, co-founder and chief executive, and Andrew Kabrit, co-founder and chief operating officer

Based in: Dubai, with operations also in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon 

Sector:  Search engine for car buying, selling and leasing

Size: (employees/revenue): 11; undisclosed

Stage of funding: $1.8 million in seed funding; followed by another $1.5m bridge round - in the process of closing Series A 

Investors: Wamda Capital, B&Y and Phoenician Funds 

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2011 – lost to Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-finals

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Visa changes give families fresh hope

Foreign workers can sponsor family members based solely on their income

Male residents employed in the UAE can sponsor immediate family members, such as wife and children, subject to conditions that include a minimum salary of Dh 4,000 or Dh 3,000 plus accommodation.

Attested original marriage certificate, birth certificate of the child, ejari or rental contract, labour contract, salary certificate must be submitted to the government authorised typing centre to complete the sponsorship process

In Abu Dhabi, a woman can sponsor her husband and children if she holds a residence permit stating she is an engineer, teacher, doctor, nurse or any profession related to the medical sector and her monthly salary is at least Dh 10,000 or Dh 8,000 plus accommodation.

In Dubai, if a woman is not employed in the above categories she can get approval to sponsor her family if her monthly salary is more than Dh 10,000 and with a special permission from the Department of Naturalization and Residency Dubai.

To sponsor parents, a worker should earn Dh20,000 or Dh19,000 a month, plus a two-bedroom accommodation





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Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
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Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
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Investors: Venture capital and government

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