All is rosy in the garden for senior citizens in Dubai who are being given green spaces for free to help boost their wellbeing.
Dubai Municipality has announced plans to create gardens at the homes of 15 older residents during the remainder of the year as part of an ongoing initiative to improve their mental and physical health.
The scheme is already reaping rewards according to the emirate's Community Development Authority, which has been monitoring its impact on its first beneficaries.
The respondents recorded improvement in their movement abilities and mental state on the back of having their own garden to nurture.
“Dubai Municipality is committed to provide all kinds of support to the satisfaction and happiness of senior citizens by designing and implementing home gardens free of charge,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality.
"We will continue to provide support to this group and we will enhance community service to all other groups to achieve the Municipality's vision of building a happy and sustainable city.”
Manal Bin Yaarouf Al Suwaidi, director of customer and partners relations department at Dubai Municipality, said the project is in line with a national strategy to improve the lives of residents.
“It reflects our appreciation to senior citizens for their efforts throughout their lives to serve the nation,” she said.
“It is also in accordance with our values, especially as they represent an important part of the social environment.
“It will help senior citizens to be more active in their leisure time by taking care of plants in their garden throughout the year.”