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How to handle a snake

How to handle a snake

Dubai Municipality Wildlife and Zoo specialist Dr Reza Khan advised anyone who found a snake in or near their homes to attempt to kill it with a strong stick. However, he underscored no one should kill snakes that are found in the desert, which is their natural habitat. Khan also requested people to take photos of the snakes and send them over to him through the municipality at info@dm.gov.ae, so he can identify the snakes.

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UAE households the target for lowering water use

TheNational.ae

UAE households the target for lowering water use

ABU DHABI // The UAE has one of the world’s most efficient water-supply networks, losing only 10 per cent to leaks, so the focus for preserving the precious resource has to be on consumers.

And with demand for water continuing to grow, Abu Dhabi’s nine power and water plants, which between them can produce 4.1 billion litres of water a day, are near full capacity.

“There’s been a large growth in demand and the main challenge we face now is to meet this large growth,” said Mohammad Al Hajjiri, head of water forecasts at Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company.

“In the last 50 years we started living a lifestyle of people who have a lot of water.

“This lifestyle was imported from western countries.”

Mr Al Hajjiri was speaking at the International Water Summit that continued yesterday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Despite growing pressure on supplies worldwide, many countries still lose a third or more of their water to leaks.

Japan loses up to 40 per cent while Jordan loses at least half.

“Forty per cent of the global drinking water is lost because of this,” said Diego Lucente, senior water projects manager at Suez Environment.

“In developed countries, we lose [45 billion litres] of water a day in terms of leakage.”

In that context, Abu Dhabi’s 10 per cent leakage is in the top tier. The problem now lies with consumers.

“It’s not just about using technology to reduce your losses, it’s about lifestyle changes,” said Bob Taylor, the business development director at Sembcorp, a UK utilities services company.

The World Health Organisation says a good standard of living can be maintained with 160 litres of water a day a person. In warmer countries such as the UAE, 180 litres is considered the maximum needed.

“We’re using much more,” said Mr Al Hajjiri. “Abu Dhabi has one of the highest consumption rates in the world. We live in nice standards so if you want to reduce it, you have to change your lifestyle.”

The UAE’s water use is estimated at 350 litres a person a day.

Mr Al Hajjiri said the Government was embarking on campaigns to reduce household use.

Bills are colour-coded to indicate whether a family is using more or less water and electricity than the norm.

“The bill tells you the actual cost of water and electricity versus what you are paying and you pay less than a third of the amount,” he said.

But he is optimistic that the situation will change.

“My grandfather used to live on 20 litres a day,” Mr Al Hajjiri said.

“Now we live on [much more] but we have to keep those habits that were suitable to this part of the world.

“There’s a high rate of consumption that needs to be addressed.”

cmalek@thenational.ae

If you are staying in a shared villa…

Only one family can live in a villa: DM


By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

20 May 2008

DUBAI — In what could come as a major blow to the many families with limited income, especially families of expatriates, the Dubai Municipality has stated that only one family can live in a villa.

Officials of the Building Inspection Department of the civic body said that they have already launched a crackdown on those villas which housed more than one family.

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New Library in Dubai

I love libraries! Here is the link to the under construction Dubai Municipality library website : www.libraries.ae (a bookmark might be useful in the future).

Dubai – New library is unveiled

Dubai – Dubai Municipality yesterday opened a new dhs10.4 million library in Al Towar. Mohammed Jassim Al Eraidi, head of Public Libraries Section at the municipality, said the new building, the seventh library in the city, covers 2,300 square metres and contains nearly 18,000 books.

http://www.7days.ae/showstory.php?id=51938

YellowDVD – UAE’s first DVD Commercial Directory

Received the YellowDVD in the snail mail last week. The letter included explains this new concept in yellow pages, which if actually seen logically is the most obvious progression in the evolution of the printed Yellow Pages. Just imagine lunging around with the big printed Yellow Pages directory in your bag!
Now I wonder how long it would take Al Wahda Express (UAE’s official Yellow Pages in collaboration with Etisalat) to come out with a DVD version. The YellowDVD has roped in Dubai Municipality…so looks like it is set to dominate Dubai. With Etisalat now charging for its 180 directory phone service, YellowDVD might just about pull it off!

The Direct mailer letter:

The actual DVD – outside and inside: