Saplings are being planted to transform sandy tracts into a mangrove reserve that will double up to protect endangered turtles in Dubai’s Jebel Ali area.
The project by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group and consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble is in line with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s plan for more than half of the city to be transformed into nature reserves by 2040.
Maj Ali Al Suwaidi, president of the environmental group, said the aim was for at least 500,000 square metres of sand to be blanketed by greenery.
Mr Al Suwaidi said he hoped for one million mangroves to be planted this year and for the numbers to go up to two million.
Schools and companies would be encouraged to join the campaign to tackle climate change.