Strategic Partner:

CLEANUP ARABIA 2024

PCFC MARINA – UMM SUQUEIM 1 DIVE CLEAN-UP 

Join us for the second underwater clean-up dive of 2024 in partnership with DP World. EDA Members must register in advance, there are limited places available and it will be on a first come, first served basis.

WHEN: Saturday 27 April 2024
TIME: 8am-11am
WHERE: PCFC Marina – Umm Suqueim 1 (location will be emailed to registered divers)
PROVIDED: Tank and Weights only, mesh bags and gloves
RULES: Must be an EDA Member to attend
BRING: Refillable water bottle

SCHEDULE: 
7am – Briefing begins and divers kit up. Breakfast pastries and water will be provided – bring your refillable water bottles with you, plastic water bottles will not be available.
7:30am – Divers start the clean-up
9:00am – Dive Ends; divers dismantle equipment and return tanks and weights.
9:30am – Rubbish count and weighing begins
10:30am – Group photos

DIVE EQUIPMENT RENTALS
Divers who do not have their own equipment will be responsible to rent what they need from our partnering dive centre for this event. We shall share this info with you by email once you are registered.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • The clean-up dive will take place at the PCFC Marina.
  • The maximum depth is 8m at high tide.
  • Please be informed that the visibility will be affected once you agitate the bottom, you must be an experienced diver to take part.
  • The PCFC will be with us to support and direct any boat traffic for our divers’ safety.

We will send registered divers the event details by email closer to the time.

We look forward to seeing you there!

REGISTER BY EMAIL WITH LAYLA AT: projects@emiratesdiving.com

Please provide us with the following information to register your place to the Umm Suqueim 1 Marina Dive Clean-up:

We’ll confirm your registration soon!

CLEANUP ARABIA’S STORY

Emirates Diving Association (EDA) has been running Cleanup Arabia since its inception in 1995, a voluntary campaign that annually cleans-up the UAE’s dive sites and beaches with EDA Members and Partners working together, side by side. Cleanup Arabia is part of the Clean Up The World Programme that is promoted and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Coastal Cleanup by the Ocean Conservancy which is our data submission platform.

The campaign is made up of EDA members and stakeholders that participate in dive site and beach clean-ups which help shape their consciousness concerning marine debris and saying no to single-use plastics. Inspiring change to make a difference together!

FACTS

  • Marine litter is a problem for everyone! It affects us all, not just the coastal communities. We need to all take part and fix the problem together.
  • Marine litter poses threats not only to the marine environment, but to human health, to the appearance of the coast, and to tourism.
  • Plastic typically constitutes around 75% of all marine litter, and it is regarded as one of the most problematic materials because of its abundance, longevity, and the fact that larger plastics break down into ever smaller parts termed ‘microplastics’.
  • Our ultimate goal as a people, is to prevent more litter from reaching the marine environment in the first place. We need to reduce, reuse and recycle when possible, and ban “Biodegradable” products.
  • Biodegradable plastic, as defined in most of the world, requires specific conditions such as heat and soil-dwelling microbes and bacteria to fully biodegrade. Such conditions do not exist in many ocean environments, and therefore plastic that might otherwise be biodegradable in industrial composters, does not biodegrade once it enters the marine environment.
  • EDA has reported-to-date, 57,898.79kg of marine litter collected by EDA Members & Partners through Cleanup Arabia since 1995.
THE CAMPAIGN’S OBJECTIVES
  • Engage the community and involve people from all walks of life to make a difference.
  • Rid the marine environment of pollution.
  • Direct people toward positive attitudes in maintaining a clean and sound environment by practice and participation.
  • To record the quantities and types of debris collected each year and to make comparisons with the previous data collections.
  • Data collected is reported to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and used in educating the public, businesses, industries and government officials about the marine debris problem we face in the UAE and neighbouring GCC.
CLEANUP ARABIA T-SHIRTS

We have created a sustainable T-shirt brand design and only new CUA participants will receive a T-shirt for all future Cleanup Arabia events. Participants who were part of CUA 2018 and 2019, are to REUSE their T-shirts for future events.

 

REUSABLE DRINKING BOTTLES

All participants are to bring their own REUSABLE water bottles to refill at the water stations as part of our sustainable responsibilities.

 

IMAGE GALLERY – 2023

ARCHIVES

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER