Clean Up the World, one of the biggest campaigns in the country organised by Dubai municipality annually, attracted individuals and organisations across Dubai and 38,430 volunteers, hailing from both private and government sectors, participated in the massive cleaning and waste collecting activities. Over 12,993 tons of waste was collected, informed organisers of the campaign at Dubai Municipality. “The participation from public went far beyond expectations. The co-operation between government bodies and private sector once again proved to be successful as well as necessary to bring in big results in issues that concern society and environment,” said Eng. Salah Amiri, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality, while talking about the event. From government departments 1965 volunteers participated and 3190 persons joined the event from government educational institutions. While 5,230 volunteers came from private educational institutions, private companies and organisations deployed 28,045 individuals, which made the event really fantastic, he explained.
Seventeen government departments and 59 government educational institutions joined the activities whereas the number of educational institutions from private sector figures as 54. The number of private organisations and companies that participated in the event goes as 262, which is really laudable, he said further.
According to him 1958 tons of waste was collected by the individual volunteers whereas trucks, shovels and other vehicles collected 11,035 tones which jointly make the total amount of waste collected during the four-day event figuring as 12,993 tons. Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of DM Waste Management Department and chief of the Clean Up the World team thanked all who dedicated their time and effort to make the event a grand success and urged public to continue to be supporting various community- based initiatives Dubai Municipality
would come up with, in future. Earlier, Dubai Municipality Director General Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah had officially inaugurated the event in the presence of assistant directors and other high officials of the civic body. “Dubai is going to see a fantastic joint-action between government bodies, private sector, organisations and general public in coming days, to preserve our nature and recourses”, he said. “This collective effort and dedication is unparalleled and result will be 4 days of spectacular voluntary activities capable of bringing tremendous results,” he added. Last year 37,000 volunteers participated in the activities. As a result, Municipality could collect near about 375 ton waste and dispose it at designated areas.