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Dubai removes 79t of waste from New Year's Eve 2018 festivity sites

Municipality says 1,800-strong team deployed across city as Downtown Dubai praises FM team for Burj Khalifa area ops

Burj Khalifa hosted the annual New Year's Eve fireworks and LED light display show.
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Burj Khalifa hosted the annual New Year's Eve fireworks and LED light display show.

Dubai Municipality removed 79 tonnes (t) of waste from various New Year’s Eve 2018 celebrations sites in the city, with its team comprising 1,802 workers.

In a statement shared on 2 January, the municipality said 1,066 cleaners and 30 specialised supervisors were involved in the operation. Two hundred additional waste containers were distributed in crowded areas, with a number of sand brooms used to clean main roads.

READ: Dubai's Burj Khalifa area cleaned up after NYE

Dubai Municipality’s ‘Sand Team’, comprising 40 officers and observers, in addition to 500 cleaners, was also on standby for emergency intervention, if needed.

Commenting on the operation, Eng Talib Julfar, chief executive officer of Dubai Municipality’s infrastructure services sector, said: “The municipality had prepared an integrated plan to secure the sites of celebrations, festivals, and sports and tourism events for the cleaning and removal of waste from the New Year celebrations as Burj Khalifa, Business Bay, the beaches extending from Jumeirah Beach to Dubai Marina and Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai and Dubai Water Canal had become the focus of the world’s attention.”

Eng Abdulmajeed Saifaie, director of the municipality’s waste management department, added: “With the cooperation of its partners, the municipality also succeeded in securing 736 volunteers, who helped the workers in cleaning operations.

“A total of [78t] of waste was collected during the cleaning operation, which continued from 5 pm to 6 am the following day, which allowed us to complete cleaning operations in record time before 8 am.”

READ: DM outlines post-New Year's Eve clean-up of Dubai

These numbers were revealed a day after Downtown Dubai, a part of Emaar Properties, commended its facilities management team for the clean-up of the area surrounding Burj Khalifa, which hosts an annual fireworks show to herald in the new year.

In a tweet, Downtown Dubai said: “Downtown Dubai is shining once again, we'd like to thank our facility management for restoring the place back to its original state in just three hours!”

Construction Week tweeted to Downtown Dubai requesting additional details of its clean-up operation, but has yet to receive a reply on the query. 

A video tweeted alongside Downtown Dubai’s tweet shows various cleaners using brooms and mechanical road sweepers to clean up the area around Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.

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