Sunday, January 25, 2009

DM honours cleanest shops in Naif area

Dubai Municipality honoured the winning shops in the Cleanest Shops contest organized as part of its "Say YES to a Clean Naif" campaign held during October-November last year. More than 200 shops in Naif area had participated in the Western Union Clean Store Contest.
Eng. Hassan Makki, Director of Waste Management Department presented the prizes, certificates and mementoes to the winning shops in the presence of Prasad Katta, Marketing Manager of Western Union, main sponsor of the campaign and Eng. Yaqoub Mohammed Al Ali, Head of Deira Operations Unit in the Waste Management Department.
The shop Anjerdan was the winner in the contest while Haji Bin Mohammed Ali Store became first runner–up and Golden Tiger Store second runner–up.
During the contest, people were asked to maintain a clean environment in the store, avoid eating, drinking and smoking in the stores, not carrying too many bags inside the stores, not leaving goods outside the stores and not dropping litter on the pavement.
Makki said the campaign was held as per the strategy of the department in conformity with the strategy of the Municipality. "This commercial area in the emirate was given focus in the campaign aimed at enhancing the area's hygiene and environment standards. We tried to create awareness among the residents about general cleanliness by asking them not to throw dirt, cigarette butts and other wastes on the roads and stop spitting in public places, in addition to discouraging the practice of hanging clothes on the balconies deforming the good image of the city," he said.
Makki said that through the campaign the society in the area was warned and created awareness among them on the healthy practices and the hazards of wastes. "People were also informed about the penalties for these as per the local orders pertaining to public cleanliness rules," he said.
Makki said the clean store contest among the commercial shops consisted of a field survey throughout the campaign days to know whether the shops in the area were following safe and healthy practices in disposing off different kinds of wastes as well as maintaining general cleanliness inside and outside the shop.
He said the campaign was also aimed at activating the positive role of the society in ensuring a system in the area that serves the different commercial activities.
Makki added that the Municipality has been keen on launching the campaign in the Naif area as a first phase because it is considered to be the heart of the commercial nerve of the emirate.
"The campaign will be taken to other areas of the city such as Al Ghubaibah, Sabkha, Al Fahidi, Al Karama, Al Qusais, Al Quoz and other areas very soon," he said.
The activities of the campaign included road shows, long duration social activities by a team of 12 professional artists, stilt walkers and stage shows. In addition to publishing advertisements in the print and electronic media the awareness creating activities of the campaign also included distributing brochures and placing advertisements on buildings and main streets in the Naif area.

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