$3.5m beautification projects slated for Dubai's highway

Project initiated by Dubai Municipality following residents' discomfort of bad air quality and odor

When complete the total developed green area will span  67,000 square metres.
When complete the total developed green area will span 67,000 square metres.

Dubai Municipality has sprung into action with the beautification works of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Amman Road intersection in Al Muhaisinah.

The project involves irrigation and planting work at the intersection.

In addition, the municipality is also undertaking fencing work of the Qusais landfill with trees and shrubs.

The project also includes extension of a modern irrigation network to the landfill site, which will contribute to the elimination of odor, while at the same time reducing carbon footprint and enhancing the proportion of greenery in the area. 

Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Services Assistant Director General Eng. Talib Abdulkarim Julfar said: “While implementing the project we have taken into account the remarks from the residents of the area on the odors from nearby landfills.”

He said the cost of the two projects is $5.45m (AED20m), out of which $3.54m (AED13m) will be used for the beautification and cultivation of the intersection.

“The plantation work at the Qusais landfill was launched in October 2016 and will be completed by September this year. This particular project is worth $1.91m (AED7m) and was awarded to a national company,” said Julfar.

Meanwhile, head of irrigation projects Eng. Saeed Safar said: “Fencing of the landfill with trees and shrubs will include planting 4,500 trees and some 25,000 shrubs on the four sides.”

“The contractor has started the work on the Sharjah side of the fence to stop the emission of odor to the emirate, as well as the extension of 6km of water connections and the work of irrigation water reservoirs with a capacity of 500 cubic metres for irrigating plants,” he said.

Safar added that the project will include three rows of trees and four columns of shrubs to form a catchment that will reduce the odors, while creating an aesthetic layout for the landfill.

The irrigation and plantation project for the intersection has been estimated at a cost of $3.54m (AED13m) and is due to be completed in February 2018.

“It is aimed at beautifying Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road from the Sharjah side by planting 67,000m2 of trees, which includes 21,000 shrubs, 400 large trees, and 66,000m2 of multiple beautification works,” said Safar.

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