Blue Flags awarded to two Dubai beaches

Mamzar Beach Park and Jumeirah Open Beach will both soon be flying blue flags as a symbol of their excellence.

DUBAI //Two more beaches have been granted Blue Flag status.

Al Mamzar Beach Park and Jumeirah Open Beach can now fly the flags, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education as an international symbol of excellence.

Dubai Municipality had to meet 32 requirements to qualify, including water quality, health and safety, environmental education, and conservation activities.

"Each certified beach will have to hold five environmental events a year," said Hussain Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality. "This will not only raise awareness for environmental issues, but the programme also ensures a high level of service and safety standards at the beaches."

One of the main requirements for Blue Flag status is to have enough lifeguards and rescue equipment. At least one strip of beach must have access for people with special needs.

The Emirates Wildlife Society will inspect and hold surveys of the beaches twice a month to check they are complying with the Blue Flag requirements.

"We are in the process of applying for certification for all our other beaches," Mr Lootah said.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,650 beaches and marinas in 46 countries. Other UAE beaches with certification include Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah, and Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.