Great turn over at the Dive Against Debris – on the 20th of October in Ras Al Khaima – UAE
The event, part of Hilton Worldwide’s third annual Global Week Of Service, was held at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island with the aim to reclaim and survey the recently built Marjan Island.
Divided in Sea and Beach Clean up, volunteers offered their support either on land, snorkelling or diving!
As representative of Project AWARE and PADI EMEA Ltd. in the Middle East, a part from coordinating communications between Hilton and local PADI Dive Center to provide logistics, equipment and boats for the divers … I decided to physically join the event to give my contribute.
After registration, set up and briefing more than 40 divers – including PADI pros, Hilton’s managers and recreational divers – were divided in small groups and assigned to different boats.
With a 10 minutes boat ride, each group was able to reach the assigned spot and complete the underwater clean up and marine survey under the careful supervision of Arslan Ozturkmen – PADI Dive Center Adventure Divers – who was actively monitoring all activities from the surface.
After approximately 30 minutes dive at an average depth of 7 mt, all divers and their ‘rubbish booty’ were taken back to Double Tree’s beach for a commemorative photo, a closing speech and most important … the data recording!
• Helps inform policy to improve waste management by helping convince individuals, governments and businesses to act on marine debris.
• Expands our understanding of the types and amounts of rubbish in our ocean.
• Builds knowledge of the impacts on underwater environments caused by marine debris.
…With the support of PADI pros, Hilton Worldwide Team Members as well as over 40 RAK residents, over 100 kilograms was collected from two kilometres of the seabed during the underwater clean-up effort. On land, volunteers cleared a remarkable one kilometres stretch of Marjan Island Beach, contributing 325 kilograms to the impressive haul of trash.
Emille Loyola-Artigas – Cluster Marketing & PR Manager Ras Al Khaimah & Fujairah and Arslan Ozturkmen – Director Adventure Divers for organizing the event!
PADI Dive Centers: Adventure Divers, Al Jazeera Diving & Swimming Centre, Aqua Aqua and Al Marsa for providing support!
Tim, Saher, Fadek, Brian, Rico and Nedy for helping with the data collection!