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Abu Dhabi seeks to tackle ocean pollution in latest initiative

Abu Dhabi seeks to tackle ocean pollution in latest initiative

Abu Dhabi has teamed up with the Volvo Ocean Race to bring its ‘Keep The Oceans Clean’ initiative to the emirate’s Corniche ‘Destination Village’ this New Year’s Eve, as part of the fortnight-long hosting of the round-the-world race.

The global campaign encourages action against ocean pollution threatening sea-life, will involve a series of free community art projects which will run in the ‘Destination Village’ from December 31st – January 14th next year.

Central to the initiative is Skeleton Sea’s Albatross Exhibitionist – an imposing 5’5” sculpture created from rubbish washed up on beaches as well as a six minute film that tells the compelling story of the thousands of albatross killed each year by mistaking rubbish for food.

Both will be housed in the ‘Keep the Oceans Clean’ dome, which will follow the route of the 39,000 nautical mile ocean race.

Skeleton Sea’s founding artists João Parrinha of Portugal, Spain’s Luis de Dios and Xandi Kreuzeder from Germany – three ‘creative surfers’ who started the initiative in 2005 to raise environmental awareness through their green art - will also have a presence at the Abu Dhabi stopover.

During the fortnight, the artists will create a unique Abu Dhabi sculpture at the race’s Destination Village. Made from beach trash and debris, it will be developed with the help of local school children and the general public during interactive workshops.

As part of the wider school initiative being developed by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which is behind the emirate’s hosting of the race, a series of beach clean-up activities will be staged in the build-up to the stopover, with a key emphasis on engaging and educating children on environmental issues and responsible living.

The rubbish collected will be used to help build the Abu Dhabi Skeleton Sea sculpture.

Xandi Kreuzeder is hopeful that Skeleton Sea, the Volvo Ocean Race and Abu Dhabi can inspire others to help keep the oceans clean.

“It’s more important than ever for people to do their bit to protect the environment, even if it means picking up bits of rubbish at their local beach,” he said.

“If our message gets through to just a few people, then we believe it’s been worth all the effort.”

The ‘Keep The Oceans Clean’ activities join a growing list of family entertainment programmes being progressed for the free-to-attend Volvo Ocean Race stopover.

ADTA has committed to a fully-packed entertainment programme, including exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones, restaurants and cafes, sailing academies, shops and concerts.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is recognised as the World’s Leading Tourist Board by the prestigious World Travel Awards.