By Nadia Warren
On Friday 11th of February, the UAE held its 21st National Environment Day Exhibition at the Festival Arena at Festival City Dubai.
The exhibition featured six focus areas: the environmental achievements of the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the basics of agriculture, endangered animals, saving water and energy, waste sorting and recycling, and preserving the UAE’s marine life.
The aim of the UAE Environment Day Exhibition was to expose Dubai’s population to the concept of the sustainable use of natural resources and conserving the environment through eight themed pavilions: Zayed – Man of the Environment, Little Farmer, Forest, Sustainable City, Heroes of the Sea, Waste Sorting, Little Scientist, and Cinema.
According to Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, “Celebrating the National Environment Day in the Year of Zayed adds considerable value to the occasion. The UAE founding father and visionary leader had always considered the environment part and parcel of his philosophy and day to day practices. Sustaining the environment for generations to come was among the top priorities in his endeavors to build the country, paving the way for the country’s sustainable development.”
The UAE has experienced extreme growth in population over the last decade, and according to Al Zeyoudi, it has put a strain on the environment. The UAE is currently not as environmentally friendly as it could be, with an increase in production of unsustainable and environmentally hazardous goods, as well as unsustainable development. Al Zeyoudi hopes that the exhibition will promote sustainable consumption and production in the UAE.