Refrigerators, plastic bottles and a statue fished from Dubai Creek
Refrigerators, food packaging, thousands of plastic bottles and even a Buddha statue were amongst the items fished from the Creek. More than 100 tonnes of waste are dredged from Dubai Creek each month, new figures showed, amid warnings about the environmental effect of dumping rubbish.
Crews from Dubai Municipality dredge twice a day and last year lifted 1,619 tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent weight of about 300 adult elephants. Cruise ship crews, dhow operators and fishermen have been singled out as among the main littering culprits and have been warned that those caught face substantial fines.
"Throwing waste into Dubai Creek is polluting the water, obstructing the movement of vessels and taking up space at the marina," said Yaqoob Al Ali, Head of Hygiene, Dubai Municipality.
Two sunken dhows weighing a total 85 tonnes laden with cargo were also polluting the water but both were lifted out as part of a major operation last year. The majority of waste comes from tourist and trade ships. Restaurants have also been warned that all waste was to be properly collected, but crews appeared to ignore the warnings aimed at tackling those who ‘have a total disregard for laws and regulations’. The UAE Environment Week earlier this month addressed this topic to preserve the marine environment at a summit chaired by Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Head of Dubai Police and Public Security.
Carrying and loading diesel fuel in the Creek was one of the topics discussed, as was creating private family beaches in Jumeirah. Lt Gen Tamim warned that black points and fines would be issued to those found flouting environment
laws. The maximum fine for dumping waste into the water is just Dh500. There were no announcements of new fines during the meeting of the Higher Committee for Maritime Affairs.