x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dubai deserts cleared of 410 tonnes of rubbish

A Dubai municipality campaign to clean the desert drew 10,237 volunteers.

DUBAI // A two-week desert clean-up drive has netted 410 tonnes of rubbish in Dubai.

The emirate's civic body organised the campaign for which 10,237 people volunteered.

Businesses, government departments, students and school pupils all got in on the collection and managed to fill 35,185 rubbish bags with litter.

The campaign also featured 150 horseback riders and four camel riders assisting volunteers to clean up the country side in the Al Tayy area.

"The increased number of volunteers and the decrease in the amount of waste collected shows the actions taken by municipality have contributed a lot in preserving the environment," said Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of the Waste Management department.

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