Sunday, June 20, 2010

Beautiful Summer in UAE

As summer starts in UAE, many people start complaining. Of course the heat is unbearable in summer. But in May & start of June it is still okay. the evenings are not cool but you can go outdoors. If you are well equipped with your sunscreen, cap, goggles & bottle of water; you can give a try to go out in mo rings.

What people do in summer is over cool their houses, offices. Energy gets wasted & on top of it many starts having cold & cough. Sometimes you need to carry coat because it's too cold indoors, specially the cinema theaters!

But have we seen outside of our windows, during these months? What are the changes in nature?Just recently I realised that the dessert & nature in UAE is more beautiful during summer! While staring outside the window on the long journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, suddenly I observed the no. of birds flying across the road were more than normal. On Dubai- Abu Dhabi road, there are many trees (some are natural, most are planted). Those trees were full of nests of birds. Some trees were home to 4to 5 nests. The journey became more scenic than before. The other day on same road I observed the dates trees are full of dates, yellow- reddish bunches of dates were hanging low. The date season is started! Then I realised as they have abundant food available, birds are more in numbers.

The communities in Dubai are also full of birds, every day while going to office in morning & coming home in evening, I can see many birds flying all over in Discovery Gardens, a lush green community in Dubai where I stay. Thanks to the landscaping around. The problem of food & water for birds is solved. The birds can get water from water sprinklers installed everywhere in landscaping.

Governments in UAE have taken truely appreciable efforts to make new & sustainable habitats for not just people but birds & plants in dessert!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Abu Dhabi on Water Saving Quest!

Today early morning I heard on radio that Abu Dhabi government is installing water saving devices in Tourist club area for free and my day started with a big smile!

As part of Heroes of the UAE, Abu Dhabi government, The Environmental Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD) is going to install a simple water saver device in every tap, in every house, every work place in Emirate!

Water is very precious source, specially in this region where there is very little natural source of sweet water. There was always need for water saving in region & This most ambitious, far reaching water conservation camping in the world will definitely is answer to it! Many Congratulations to Abu Dhabi govt & EAD!!!

People are asked to co operate the water saver installer, who will come to your home or office & within some moments his work will be done without any mess.

- This tiny device is installed free of charge

- 30% of water will be saved & potentially 75 billion liters water will be saved for Emirate in a year

- Each household could see the drop of Dhs 100 in water bill per month

- Virtually no difference in water flow, no difference could be noticeable.

In first phase, started on May 27th 2010, water savers will be installed in 55,000 homes in tourist club area & in next 12 months all over Abu Dhabi Emirate