Dhs 2,000 fine for littering in Sharjah desert
Picnickers and dune bashing enthusiasts casually dropping food wrappers, cigarette butts, camping equipment and plastic bottles are a common sight in the deserts of the UAE. While some people would never think of doing such a thing, others think nothing of it. But litterers had best think twice before strewing rubbish in protected areas, as protection agencies and ministry officials have adopted a zerotolerance policy towards litterbugs.
A fine of Dhs 2,000 will be slapped on those who leave behind rubbish in desert areas. "No warnings will be issued to people who litter. they will be fined straightaway," Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of the Sharjah Media Council (SMC) told Khaleej Times. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 'My Environment, My National Responsibility' campaign organised by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) in the Al Fay Desert area on January 27, 2018.
Over 250 volunteers from across the UAE collected up to 200 bags of waste during the clean-up drive. The rubbish will later be sorted and processed by Bee'ah. Senior government officials also participated in the clean-up drive along with the volunteers. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, who was also present at the event, said, "It is a humble request to all visitors and residents of this country. Please do not leave behind rubbish in our protected areas when you bring 4x4 vehicles into the desert." He added,"Municipalities of different emirates as well and rural areas are levying fines on people who violate rules and litter these areas." Al Zeyoudi stressed that deserts are an integral part of the country's ecosystem and must be protected at all costs. Sheikh Sultan added, "Not just our cities, but our deserts must also be kept in great condition."