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

The clean-up operation, which spanned 15 hours between 31 December, 2016 and 1 January, 2017, saw the collection of 10,150 waste bags by 800 cleaners

Dubai Municipality's waste management department collected 24.5 tonnes of waste from around the city during a 15-hour operation. [Representational image/Dubai Media Office]
Dubai Municipality's waste management department collected 24.5 tonnes of waste from around the city during a 15-hour operation. [Representational image/Dubai Media Office]

Up to 24.5 tonnes of waste was collected from major sites that hosted New Year's Eve celebrations in Dubai on 31 December, 2016, it has been revealed. 

The number is an increase over last year's 18.2 tonnes collected. 

The material was collected by Dubai Municipality's (DM) waste management department from key locations that include Burj Khalifa, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina, Dubai Water Canal, and Jumeirah Street.  

DM had established a team comprising more than 800 cleaners and 35 supervisors to carry out the clean-up campaign. 

Eng Abdul Majeed Sifai, director of DM's waste management department, added: "Cooperation was also sought from the private sector companies to provide volunteers to help our cleaners in the clean-up operations. 

"The New Year celebrations this year was marked by an unprecedented crowd of about two million people, which necessitated doubling of field efforts.

"The cleaning process started at 5pm on 31 December, 2016, and lasted until 8am of 1 January, 2017, during which workers collected more than 10,150 bags of waste," Sifai added. 

Clean-up operations were also carried out on main roads in the city, such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, and Emirates Road by "a special team 28 of cleaners and three supervisors", Sifai said in a statement.

He added: "Four sand sweepers and safety vehicles and three vehicles for rapid intervention were also put into service at these areas.

"In addition to that, 106 additional waste containers of different sizes were distributed in the most congested areas." 

 

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