The Dubai municipality seeks to increase the emirate’s green areas by 4% by the end of next year, including new public parks and additional landscaping, ArabianBusiness.com reported today.
According to municipality officials, there is currently the equivalent of 13.18 square meters of green space per capita in Dubai. The aim is to nearly double this figure and offer every resident of the emirate 25 square meters of green by 2020. As part of this effort, some 27 million flowering plants were already planted last year, according to city officials.
“Until now we have only used locally produced plants and flowers, cultivated in our own greenhouses, to develop Dubai’s green spaces. However, we have very ambitious ideas and there is now a need for a greater variety of plant and flower species,” explained Mohammed Hassan Al Fardan of the municipality’s Public Parks and Horticulture Department.
The municipality confirmed its plans to expand Dubai’s greenery as the emirate prepares to host the fifth annual horticultural show, IPM Dubai, from March 8-10, at Airport Expo Dubai.