The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, (ICBA) to build the Emirates Soil Museum in Dubai, a first of its kind initiative in MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region. Set to open by the end of this year, the museum will function as a unique centre for soil education. Mohammad Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of ADFD along with Dr Ismahane Elouafi, director-general of ICBA, jointly signed the Memorandum. The Emirates Soil Museum will spread knowledge about the crucial role of soil in the natural environment. It also will demonstrate the importance of soil in urban planning and development and how soil becomes the underlining measure in managing and securing food sources.
Mr Al Suwaidi said that ADFD has the knowledge, know-how, and resources to exquisitely drive socio-economic growth, originated from 45 years of experience and the development of about 481 projects; 55 of which supported expansions in the agriculture and irrigation sector. “Soil is a non-renewable resource. Hence it is indispensable to ensure its preservation for food security and a sustainable future,” says Mr Elouafi. This requires steady, uninterrupted public awareness of the importance of soil and the negative impact of unsustainable uses of soil, he adds.
The museum will act as a repository of knowledge for scholars and the general public who are keen to know more about soil preservation.