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Earth Day: UAE Restaurants that are Environmentally Friendly

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You may think that one straw, one plastic can, or one water bottle won’t make that big of a difference, but you are unfortunately wrong. Every single-plastic use leaves an impact on our environment, whether it ends up in the ocean or burned, both ways our environment gets severely harmed.

The following list are of restaurants in the UAE that took it upon themselves to try and limit this harm, from banning straws to limiting plastic use, they are doing their fair share of environment saving.

1- La Petite Maison

The restaurant has replaced plastic straws with an eco-friendly one that is made from potato starch. The place also hopes to soon replace all the single-use plastic with stainless steel substitutes.

2- Rove Hotels

The hotel is on the road to full sustainability, and they have even recently won the Green Key Eco-Label Award. The impressive part is the kind of encouragement that the Hotel does; in order to push visitors to act environmentally. So for instance, on Sundays, the hotel offers customers who bring their own bottles, discounts on food. And then, the restaurant sends these bottles off for recycling, where they get turned into actual useful products.

3- Zuma Restaurant

The Japanese restaurant Zuma has banned plastic straws, and is now substituting them with biodegradable paper straws. This initiative isn’t limited to the Dubai branch, but rather a step that is taken across all Zuma branches globally.

4- Armani Hotel- Burj Khalifa

The Hotel partnered with Winnow, to provide them with ways that they can use in monitoring and reducing their food wastes.

5- Renaissance Downtown Hotel

The hotel aims at riding the ocean of plastic, and has successfully become the first restaurant in the Middle East of substitute plastic straws with ones that are made from pasta!

Founder David Myers says, “being someone who loves spending time in the ocean, I witness the consequences of our overuse of single-use plastic first hand. I like to think that by stopping the use of plastic straws, we are making a small mark right here in the UAE.”

More and more restaurants should begin to follow the steps of these places, it may seem like a small initiative but the impact is certainly huge on the environment.

Going sustainable should become a lifestyle, a choice, and a commitment to a cause.

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UAE’s Mission to Mars is Closer Than You Think With Expected Launch on July 15th

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The UAE is set to establish its entry into the space industry soon! As the Emirates Mars Mission prepares to become the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission and enhance its capabilities in space science and engineering!

The Dubai-based space mission’s control team (operating out of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre), is working alongside Japan to send the unmanned probe into Mars’ orbit. It is expected to reach there by February 2021.

The final preparations for the UAE’s Mars-bound ‘Hope Probe’ are underway, and is expected to launch on July 15th at 00:51:27 UAE time!

Just yesterday, it has been announced that the spacecraft that will carry the UAE’s Hope Probe to outer space has already been fueled and is almost ready to make history.

“The Hope Probe embodies the culture of possibilities deeply rooted in the UAE’s approach, philosophy and journey of accelerating development since the foundation,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The unmanned ‘Hope Probe’ will launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre, it has already undergone several extensive testing operations with a team that includes Emirati engineers supervising the probe’s pre-launch preparations.

This is not just a prideful moment for the UAE, but for the entire Arab world.

“Our journey to space represents a message of hope to every Arab citizen that we have the innovation, resilience and efforts to compete with the greatest of nations in the race for knowledge.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added.

 

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Dubai Reopens Beaches And Major Parks This Friday

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Dubai Municipality announced on Thursday night that several beaches, major parks and the Dubai Frame will all reopen on Friday for Visitors.

Following a complete lockdown that lasted for months, the public can now finally enjoy visiting JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches.

Major parks and the Dubai Frame will also be open from Friday onwards.

There are of course some rules that the public must abide by for their own safety, the municipality asked ‘all to adhere to the public safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health & safety of all.”

Precautionary measures include visitors to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. No masks are necessary while in the water.

Gloves are not necessary in open beaches, however they must be worn in parks and closed areas such as the Dubai Frame and Ski Dubai.

According to Dubai Municipality’s contact centre, children under the age of 12 and adults above 60 are allowed on the beaches and parks.

It was also announced last night that Dubai’s museums will reopen in a phased manner, starting from Monday, June 1.

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Gyms, Cinemas, Businesses and More to Reopen in Dubai

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Shout out to Dubai residents, we know that the lockdown is driving you insane but we have got some exciting news for you!

Dubai is expected to reopen gyms, cinemas and other businesses as of this Wednesday, in light of its efforts to ease the restrictions that have been imposed amidst the spread of coronavirus.

Nightly restrictions will be pushed back from 8pm to 11pm and be lifted at 6am each morning.

Besides gyms, sports academies and fitness clubs, as well as cinemas will also be reopened with continued social distancing and regular disinfection.

However, gyms will have to operate at 50 per cent of capacity, require the wearing of masks at all times and must install plastic dividers between machines, while changing facilities will remain closed.

Entertainment and leisure attractions, such as Dubai Ice Rink, will reopen.

According to a protocol update by Dubai Economy, offices in Dubai can start working normal operating hours with an increased occupancy ceiling of 50 per cent in common areas and within the premises.

The announcement was made at a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

“Everyone is responsible,” Sheikh Hamdan reminded the public, in a news release on Monday night.

“What makes us different is our ability to deal positively with changes and our agility,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

“We have all the elements necessary to adapt to these challenging circumstances.

“I am confident that all members of the society will come together to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.” He added.

Let us all abide to the safety measures and hope that together, we can get through this.

 

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