Dubai to build Middle East’s first rainforest

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A tropical rainforest is set to be created in Dubai as part of a luxury housing development.

The Dubai Rainforest, described as an educational and cultural dome, will be housed within Damac Properties’ Akoya Oxygen master community and is slated to be completed ahead of Expo 2020.

It is designed to recreate the natural environment of rainforests, which cover 6 per cent of the world’s surface, said the developer.

UAQ targets marine conservation

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Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, toured the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Centre for Marine Research on Wednesday.

The centre is being built as part of President Sheikh Khalifa’s initiatives to protect fisheries and keep the marine environment free from pollution.

The Dh75 million centre is being built with a grant from the President.

RAK denies responsibility over public portable water dispensers

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Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has denied responsibility for the control of potable water dispensers in streets and residential areas.

The municipality attributed this to the lack of legislation on the matter, adding that the owners of these dispensers are unknown, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic language sister paper of The National.

Scientists to map Gulf’s elusive coral reefs

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Coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman are recovering from recent natural and man-made disasters at a healthy rate.

But speakers at the New York University Abu Dhabi Coral Reef Conference said on Monday that more research into the subject was still needed.

The Ministry of Environment and Water and NYUAD recently spent three weeks mapping their locations, to determine the state of coral reefs in the region.