Blue Flag flies high over Mamzar Beach

 Blue Flag flies high over Mamzar Beach

July 07, 2013

DUBAI: As part of the efforts to ensure the safety of the beach environment it supervises, Dubai Municipality (DM) hoisted a Blue Flag on Mamzar Park’s beach. Mock drills by life guards and ambulance units were also held at the event.

Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, the Director General of DM, had the honour of hoisting the flag. The Blue Flag is universally considered to be a signal that denotes that all requirements related to water quality, environmental management, safety and good services have been fulfilled.

“Blue Flag is an international award that acknowledges coastal excellence and promotes the sustainable development of coastal destinations,” said Lootah after raising the flag.

“Awarding Dubai beaches with international Blue Flag is one of the benchmarks in the field of environment protection, cleanliness and safety which the civic body has committed to excel in.

Lootah elaborates: “The programme increases the chances of sustainable environmental development, the concept of eco-tourism and attracting more tourists to the country, highlighting what we are doing to protect the environment.”

He also said that flying such a flag with such a high international profile will be a challenge to maintain, and DM will strive to uphold the requirements by using the relevant apparatus.

Eng. Mohammed Al Noory, the Head of Environment Centre for Arab Towns (ECAT) which DM collaborated with on the Blue Flag programme requirements, said that the “Blue Flag programme of the Foundation of Environmental Education is to ensure the safety and cleanliness of beaches in Dubai.”

“Seeing the Blue Flag flying, beach users can ensure that the marina or the beach adheres to the highest global standards. To get this flag, beaches should comply with 32 standards under four main categories, namely: water quality, environmental education information, eco-friendly management and safety & services,” said Al Noory.

“With the Jumeirah and Mamzar beaches already certified by FEE and now flying the Blue Flag other beaches in Dubai are in the process of registration,” Al Noory further elaborated.

“The Public Parks and Horticulture Department has been undertaking the programme management and coordinates with Emirates Wildlife Society. The department is also following up on the implementation of requirements and standards of the Blue Flag Programme through sustainable provision of services, first aid, rescuers, hygiene and guidance,” he explained.

He said that the environmental department conducts monthly tests of beach water and thereby monitoring its quality for swimming. It also conducts environmental awareness programmes on beaches and parks while the ECAT organizes environmental programmes and events on beaches and parks in collaboration with other departments.

Moaz Sawaf, project manager at World Wild Life, who was also present at the occasion said, “Emirates Wild Life Society is the national co-ordinator of Blue Flag in the UAE and is actively working with an increasing number of coastal sites to achieve Blue Flag status for more beaches and marinas in the country.”

Eng. Salem Mismar, Khalid Zayed, Assistant Director General, Hamdan Al-Shaer, Director, Environment Department at Dubai Municipality and representatives of supporting organizations also were present at the occasion. 

More than 3,450 beaches in 60 countries have been granted the Blue Flag including Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates


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