Abu Dhabi to create new green spaces as part of eco drive

Authorities are stepping up efforts to greenify the capital

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 14, 2017:    A man jogs through Heritage Park across from the Corniche in Abu Dhabi on August 14, 2017.  Abu Dhabi municipality recently launched the Green Abu Dhabi initiative, a wide ranging campaign to care for and protect trees and green spaces throughout the city. Christopher Pike / The National

Reporter: Mina Aldroubi
Section: News

Abu Dhabi is to create two new green spaces as part of an eco-friendly drive aimed at boosting quality of life for residents.

Al Dhafra Regional Municipality announced plans to develop the greenbelts using indigenous plant species, such as the markh shrub and the UAE's national tree, the ghaf.

Officials said the green scheme would bolster the environment as well as expanding the area's number of public amenities.

"In addition to providing the surrounding community with new green spaces, the projects will also protect nearby homes from sand encroachment, helping to enhance quality of life for local residents while protecting the environment," read a statement on Abu Dhabi Media Office.

It is just the latest effort in the emirate to promote biodiversity and enhance the appearance of public spaces.

Abu Dhabi opens sprawling park

In January, A forest park opened in Abu Dhabi, serving not only as a visitor attraction but as a symbol of the UAE's desire to protect the environment.

Al Fay Park on Al Reem Island features hundreds of local trees and plants, which create a microclimate that keeps the temperature up to 10°C cooler than the surrounding city.

Its designer says it can help other cities address the large-scale loss of habitat, otherwise known as the global biodiversity crisis.

Plants were also chosen specifically to attract birds, bees and animals, while reducing water consumption by 40 per cent compared with other parks.

It is the result of a self-funded year-long project to categorise the UAE’s 700 local plants by the Danish designer of the park.

The 27,500-square-metre space features 2,000 local trees, with areas set aside for sports and other activities.

They include courts for basketball and futsal, ping-pong tables, a skatepark, rock-climbing walls, and monkey bars.

Updated: July 9th 2021, 4:35 AM