The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water’s Dams Department has announced the opening of gates to release water retained in dams located in the Wadi Shoka, Al Qushaish and Al Kassa in the central region, following heavy to moderate summer rains in Ras Al Khaimah in July. The gates of the dams were opened in the presence of H.E. Sultan Bin Alwan Al Habsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Region sector, and Ghareeb Obaid AlMutawwa, Director of Central Region Department. The move comes in coordination with the Ras Al Khaimah Public Works and Services Department and Al Maneei police station.

His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has lauded His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, for his declaration of November 30 as ‘Martyr’s Day’ which has been announced as a national holiday. Martyr’s Day honors the unwavering commitment and steadfast dedication of the soldiers who have given their lives to uphold the values and morals of the country in fulfilling their civil, military and humanitarian duties.

The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water has announced that it has received at its Headquarters in Dubai a delegation from the Emirates Transport to activate a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties. The session included discussion and follow-up on the implementation of the UAE Green Growth Strategy which aims to drive sustainable development in line with UAE Vision 2021 and support the national indicators of the Ministry’s operational and strategic plan.

The Ministry of Environment and Water has recently announced that it will start receiving orders for environmentally-friendly 115 hp four-stroke marine engines from August 23 to September 3, 2015, across the various fishing boat registration centers in the UAE. The Ministry is offering this category of engines in recognition of the economic and social importance of the fisheries industry to the country, and in line with active efforts to reduce fishermen’s expenses and support the fishing industry to promote food safety as well as the sustainability of local production. Marine wealth is considered a chief renewable natural resource which contributes greatly to the country’s food supply.

The Ministry of Environment and Water, through its Biodiversity and the Awareness and Education Department, recently held a coordination meeting with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), Dubai Municipality, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Emirates Wildlife Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), to discuss the latest control methods and guidelines covering the legal trade of endangered animal and plant species covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).