Delegation from Dubai Municipality explores best practices in sewage, rainwater management, and recycling in Japan


His Excellency Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality,
alongside a delegation from the Municipality’s executive and
administrative department, explored best practices in sewage and
rainwater treatment in Japan, during their visit to the country. The
delegation also investigated the various cutting-edge technologies used
in sorting waste, converting waste into energy, and recycling cinders.
The visit demonstrates the Municipality's dedication to forging alliances
as well as exchanging knowledge and expertise with several global

During the visit, H.E. Dawoud Al Hajri was briefed on waste
management through a presentation that encompassed notable
recycling initiatives and strategies, as well as the most crucial and
effective operations and procedures used for waste sorting and recycling
in various facilities. Furthermore, HE also paid visits to some of the
largest companies and factories in the country that specialize in various
fields. This includes companies involved in waste conversion and
recycling, bottom ash recycling produced from waste to energy
conversion centers and utilizing best technologies in recycling in
accordance with sustainability and environmental standards. He further
examined the most recent public waste bins used in Japanese cities.

The visit also provided access to some of the best practices in
wastewater treatment and utilization of recycled water in the most
innovative and cost-effective ways, in addition to Japan's expertise in
digging deep tunnels for wastewater and rain drainage.

His Excellency emphasized that the purpose of this visit was to learn
cutting-edge methods in various key fields that can have an impact on
Dubai's infrastructure and development plans, the sustainability of
resources and the achievement of desired outcomes in these areas. By
doing so, the Municipality aims to enhance Dubai’s competitiveness and
position the Emirate as a global leader in environmental sustainability,
integrated waste management and strategic sanitation projects.

Al Hajri stated: “At Dubai Municipality, we are committed to staying fully
informed on the most significant infrastructure projects around the world,
sharing our extensive expertise, utilizing the most recent solutions, and
adopting the best technologies that advance sustainability in the
Emirate. Through this, we aim to achieve the objectives of the UAE
Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031, Dubai Integrated Waste
Management Strategy 2021-2041, and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy
2050, all of which aim to strengthen Dubai's position as a global hub for
clean energy and green economy, as well as a leader in green

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown
Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council launched the
first operational phase of the Waste to Energy Centre in Warsan. This is
the largest and most efficient facility in the world that uses cutting-edge

technologies to produce significantly lesser environmental impact at a
cost of AED 4 billion.

The facility, which spans around an area of 400 thousand square
meters, has the largest operational capacity in the world, processing
5,666 tons of waste per day on five lines, totaling about 2 million tons of
waste annually. It also generates 200 megawatts of electricity per hour,
ample enough to power more than 135 thousand homes. The center will
help to reduce 2,400 tons of carbon emissions by diverting waste from
landfills annually and increasing Dubai's reliance on renewable energy
sources. Furthermore, it will also aid Dubai's efforts to strengthen
environmental sustainability and combat climate change.

To support the Dubai Economic Agenda D33, the Crown Prince of Dubai
approved investments of about AED 80 billion in significant sanitation
projects in Dubai, in partnership with the private sector during May 2023.