Bahrain announces nationwide greenery drive

Ministry unveils plans to add 50,000 square metres of greenery, and extend beach front lengths by 2% annually.

Bahrain to get more greenery.
Bahrain to get more greenery.

Bahrain has launched a campaign to significantly increase the amount of greenery and beach space in the island country.

Municipalities and Agriculture Minister Mansoor bin Rajab this week announced plans to create 50,000 square metres of greenery a year and increase beach front lengths by 2% a year in Bahrain, according to a local newspaper report.

The report did not specify the number of years over which the plan would take place.

The beach fronts will be extended through public-private partnerships, the minister said.

This will be implemented through a strategic plan. Beautifying the landscape will be carried out with modern irrigation systems and treated water," he said, according to the report.

Each of the five governorates in the country once known as the land of a million palm trees will have its own central park and junctions nationwide will be 'greened', the minister added.

The move by the government of Bahrain to increase the amount of greenery matches similar efforts in the UAE. In January, Dubai Municipality announced plans to increase the total percentage of greenery to 8% by 2020.

Abu Dhabi has also made moves to add greenery, most recently with the opening of Khalifa Park in October last year.

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