x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dubai Police branching out into trees

Initiative to plant a million trees across the emirate over the next four years launched.

DUBAI // You might not expect a policeman to have the greenest fingers. 

But Dubai's force plans to change that. It has launched an initiative to plant a million trees across the emirate over the next four years. 

"Our responsibility is not only in public safety and law enforcement," said Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of police. Speaking on the second day of an environmental policing workshop, Gen Tamim said he saw protecting the environment as part of the police's remit.

"We take part in the development and beautification of our city, which is why we wanted to join hands with environmental initiatives to do something for Dubai." By working with the Roads and Transport Authority as well as the Municipality, the desert will "come to life", he said. "This is our attempt to stop desertification, and to add to the aesthetic appeal of Dubai." hkhalaf@thenational.ae