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Abu Dhabi Introduces 'Dark Sky' Policy To Curb Light Pollution

Published on : 10-05-2024

Abu Dhabi Introduces 'Dark Sky' Policy To Curb Light Pollution

New regulations will be enforced across public and private spaces, and violators will be given a grace period for adjustments.

Abu Dhabi has unveiled a new 'Dark Sky Policy' that will extend its oversight to lights within homes and offices as part of efforts to combat light pollution. This news was announced on Wednesday evening.

The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) announced that the policy aims to provide guidelines for lighting practices to address the growing concern of light pollution and preserve the night sky.

The policy will focus on regulating interior lighting in private spaces to prevent excessive spillage outside. It will also target outdoor lighting in both public and private sectors, especially new and existing fixtures. However, cultural festivals and events will be exempt from these regulations.

Salem Al Kaabi, Director-General of Operations Affairs at DMT, expressed the importance of the policy in preserving the night sky's natural beauty. He stated, "The Abu Dhabi Dark Sky Policy embodies our commitment to a future where the beauty of the night sky is cherished and protected."

The policy implementation includes a methodology to address light pollution and awareness programs. Regulations will cover public buildings, streets, parks, beaches, commercial organisations, open spaces, and agricultural and industrial areas. They will include shielded lighting, motion-activated security lighting, and a coordinated shutdown of non-security lighting at midnight.

Policy violators will be allowed to adjust their lighting practices accordingly. The policy is part of a broader approach aligned with the goals of the International Dark Sky Association, focusing on;

  • Promoting sustainable lighting systems
  • Protecting the natural environment and wildlife, Supporting astronomy research
  • Enhancing public health
  • Promoting sustainable development.

Residents and entities must comply with the policy's conditions, applicable manuals, and the Estidama Pearl Building Rating System.

News Source : Khaleej Times

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