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Push for public beaches.


AN MP is campaigning for a public beach in each of the country's five governorates.

Land reclamation for investment projects has destroyed the beaches, robbing the people of a natural resource, says Sayed Abdullah Al A'ali.

"We have lost our beaches to development and seafront projects which took them one by one. We might one day find we don't have a beach or seafront anymore," he added.

Al Jazair Beach is the only one left where the general public can go to enjoy themselves, said Mr Al A'ali.


"Most projects are being developed on what used to be natural beaches, for example the projects near the Marina Club on Al Fateh Corniche or in Nabih Saleh," he said.

To solve this, he is calling for a beach no less than 1km long in each governorate, which would be protected from development.

He raised the issue at parliament's last session and it was approved and submitted to the Premier's office.

The Premier's office replied to parliament approving the project in principle, but nothing has yet been done, said Mr Al A'ali.

Now he plans to raise the issue again when parliament resumes later this month.

"I am going to propose the idea once more and see what has happened to the project. We also need to select seafronts where the beaches will be located," said Mr Al A'ali.

He is proposing that privately-owned land should be bought by the government to create beaches if needed - or new beaches should be created by reclaiming land.

"If we cannot find land in certain governorates, I think the government should buy private land so we can go ahead with the project, this is a serious matter and should be dealt with as soon as possible.

"If this doesn't work, then we should reclaim some seafronts, so long as an environmental study is made to make sure reclamation won't affect the marine life there."

Part of the problem is that there is no single law to control seafront developments, he said.

"We do not have a law that regulates and organises investment projects located on seafronts. We need the law to be enforced as soon as possible; it is a democratic request and a national one as well."

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Date:Oct 5, 2008
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