Last Updated: Sat Jan 08, 2011 17:31 pm (KSA) 14:31 pm (GMT)

UAE eyes to be plastic bag free by 2013

UAE consumes 4 percent of the total bags used globally
UAE consumes 4 percent of the total bags used globally

UAE is planning to be plastic bag free by 2013, the country’s minister of environment and water said on Saturday.

UAE consumes 20 billion of plastic bags, constituting about 4 percent of the 500 billion bags used globally, Emirates Business 24/7 reported organizers of ArabPlast show, a Middle East premier trade show of rubber, plastics and plastic processing, saying.

“The UAE and the entire GCC regions are on the forefront of countries preserving the environment when it comes to producing plastics. The UAE will be free of plastics bags in 2013,” said Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, UAE’s minister of environment and water, while Inaugurating ArabPlast 2011.

“The UAE and GCC plastics industry is committed to developing products and implementing practices that can contribute to a cleaner, safer and better world,” Dr. Fahad added.

In the GCC, main four countries producing petrochemicals are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait

Bicycle stands

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has embarked to take an environmentally friendly step by earmarking 100 locations for parking bicycles in key areas across the emirate, the Gulf News reported on Saturday.

"RTA intends to provide parking spaces for bicycles near all metro stations in a bid to enhance the integration of the Dubai Metro with other transit modes in the emirate. In an advanced phase of the project, all the metro stations will be integrated with the dedicated cycling tracks," Nasir Abu Shehab, Director of Strategic Planning, RTA Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, said.

"All areas served by the cycling tracks will be fitted with bike stands, including key areas such as the Gold Souk, abra marinas, Al Shindagha area, Al Fahidi Museum and Al Bastakiya area," Abu Shehab said.

The move aims to reduce reliance on private vehicles for travelling particularly short distances while introducing additional mobility in a planned manner.

"The provision of cycle stands is a vital requirement that has to be addressed... in an effort to eliminate haphazard parking of bicycles at unsuitable locations such as tying them to light poles, traffic signals and trees.”

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