Most were related to environmental permits and protection of air from pollution, according to Alia Al Harmoudi, director of the environmental department at Dubai Municipality.
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“We have expanded the scope of the use of drones to include environmental monitoring and control in all industrial areas in the Emirate, in addition to the development projects, to monitor and control any pollution cases emanating from industrial activities and projects in order to enhance the environment protection opportunities in the Emirate,” said Ms Al Harmoudi.
For the protection and development of coastal zones and preservation of marine environment, Ms Al Harmoudi said that during the first half of the year, the Department carried out 98 inspection visits to marine and coastal facilities and projects and 289 to sand drilling sites.
“With regard to the control of coastal activities and sources of marine pollution resulting from marine transport vehicles and facilities, the Department conducted 154 inspection visits to floating restaurants in the first half of 2018. Coastal inspectors visited 18 berths, and carried out 802 monitoring and inspection visits to beaches and Deira port,” said Ms Al Harmoudi.
She said that 49 fishing and hunting shops were inspected and as per the federal law on the exploitation, protection and development of living aquatic resources in the UAE. She also stressed that no damage was made to the marine life during this period.
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