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Karama clean up campaign launched

Campaign launched to discourage spitting paan, littering and hanging laundry from balconies

  • By Mariam Al Serkal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 11:14 December 26, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News
  • Flyers being posted at shops in Karama Market as part of the launch of a clean-up drive in Karama called ‘Say Yes to a Clean Karama’.

Dubai: The Municipality on Wednesday launched a 10-day awareness campaign in Karama to educate shopkeepers and residents against spitting paan (betel leaves), littering and allowing laundry to hang from balconies.

Keeping the two square kilometre area clean is a priority for municipal officials as it attracts hundreds of tourists a month, as they scout for bargains and affordable restaurants.

The area is also home to thousands of residents and includes about 1,500 shops, according to municipal officials.

Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality, explained that shops that put up campaign posters outside their window display are automatically registered into a competition, and the top 10 cleanest shops will receive a prize for their efforts.

“We want to give them a prize that they can hang up in their shop and be proud of, so they will most likely be given a trophy and a certificate. Instilling good habits is very important because we have to keep such a populated area like this clean,” said Saifaie.

During the campaign, “Say Yes to a Clean Karama”, pamphlets and posters in English, Arabic, Urdu and Malayalam will be distributed to shops, raising awareness against spitting paan, littering, and allowing clothes to hang from  balconies.

Saifaie pointed out that inspectors from the waste management department will be monitoring the shops on a regular basis and note down their efforts cleaning up their vicinity.

“We do not want to see litter around the shop and there should be nothing outside of it either, such as rubbish bags, chairs or mannequins,” he said.

This is not the first municipal campaign to focus on a district, as it was initially carried out in 2008 at Naif and then in 2009 at Al Fahidi. 

As per Dubai Municipality regulations, residents caught chewing or spitting paan — which leaves a deep red stain — will be slapped with a Dh1,000 fine, while littering will attract penalties in the range of Dh100-Dh50,000.

Although the number of occurrences of paan spitting has reduced in Karama in the last few years  Saifaie pointed out that its distribution has increased.

If residents hang their laundry from balconies, Dubai Municipality will first hand out a warning and, upon subsequent flouting of the rules, a fine ranging from Dh500-Dh1,500 will be slapped against them.

Berna Pereira, who owns a tailoring shop, expressed her enthusiasm for the campaign as she has been complaining for five years to the management of the property developer to clean up the area.

“People spit, throw cigarette butts, paper cups, and leave food in open bags spilled across the floor so that cats can eat it. The property developer refuses to take any action and this place then turns into a dumpyard,” she said.  

Municipal fines

As per Dubai Municipality regulations, residents caught chewing or spitting paan will be slapped with a Dh1,000 fine.

Littering will attract fines in the range of Dh100-Dh50,000.

Residents hanging clothes from their balcony will first be given a warning and if they continue to flout the rules, will be handed a fine ranging from Dh500-Dh1,500, depending on the size of the balcony.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 16:03 December 27, 2012

    This is great effort, but I just want to ask question why that it is prohibited to hang clothes on balcony? Where these clothes to be hanged? the developer should provide tenants a place to hang clothes.

    hammed rajiv, dubai, Pakistan

  2. Added 14:37 December 27, 2012

    Fantastic, should be strict action against this issue. We are working here in the UAE which is the world beautiful place. It's our responsibility to clean it as we do our house. Regards Rajab Ali

    Rajab Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:12 December 27, 2012

    This is a fantastic step in the right direction! As we live in a very multicultural city, where different ways of doing things are bound to cause friction, it's best to come up with a common ground standard for everyone to abide by and enforce it. I think education should be given in places of mass gatherings, in different languages, in places like Mosques, Churches and Temples. This has worked effectively when reaching out to different minorities all over the world, most notably Europe.

    Abdullah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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