During the 52nd UAE National Day weekend, the Museum of the Future distributed 2071 Ghaf trees to visitors. In collaboration with strategic partner Dubai Municipality, the initiative, the Museum said, was symbolic as it takes place during the UAE’s ‘Year of Sustainability,’ and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28). The Ghaf tree, native to UAE, it shared, also holds “great cultural and ecological significance.”
Speaking about this, Majed Al Mansoori, Deputy Executive Director at the Museum of the Future, commented: “The Ghaf tree is a historical and cultural symbol of stability, resilience, abundance and tolerance in even the most challenging of environments. This initiative supports the museum’s aim to increase collective awareness about the importance of biodiversity, sustainability and the role we all play in supporting healthy and diverse natural ecosystems. In partnership with Dubai Municipality, we invite visitors to contribute to maintaining balance within our ecosystem and support a more sustainable future for all”.
Muhammad Abdul Rahman Al-Awadi, Director of Agriculture Department at Dubai Municipality, added: “Through our collaborative initiative with the Museum of the Future, launched as part of the 52nd National Day celebrations in the UAE, we, at Dubai Municipality, reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the continuous enhancement of green spaces and the preservation of the ecosystem’s sustainability and biodiversity. The initiative sheds light on the environmental significance of the Ghaf Tree, and its historic symbolism as the national tree of the country, and further underscores the Municipality’s efforts to foster its cultivation. Furthermore, it emphasizes our commitment to making Dubai a more sustainable and appealing city as we strive towards achieving a sustainable future.”
“This initiative aligns with the UAE’s hosting of COP 28 at Expo Dubai, representing the nation’s visionary approach to a better and more sustainable future for coming generations. Moreover, it reflects the UAE’s global leadership in climate action and reinforces its commitment to creating a positive impact on a worldwide scale,” he said.