Ayla Sponsors “Clean up the World 2023” Campaign
Ayla Oasis Development Company demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by supporting the “Clean up the World 2023” campaign, held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Ali and organized by the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan in Aqaba for the 30th consecutive year. The event was graced by the presence of Nayef Al-Fayez, Chief Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.
During the campaign, Ayla hosted engaging environmental activities involving experts and students from local schools. Cleanup efforts in the marina area were conducted in collaboration with diving centers, with oversight from the Public Security Directorate and the Civil Defense.
Ayla’s contribution to the campaign included the active involvement of its diving team in cleanup operations, taking place from the 13th to the 14th of September of the previous year. The team worked tirelessly to remove harmful waste from various depths, safeguarding the marine environment and spreading awareness about the importance of adhering to environmental regulations on our beaches.
Sahl Dudin, Managing Director of Ayla Oasis Development Company, expressed his pride in the company’s support for this initiative, emphasizing Ayla’s unwavering commitment to reducing pollution, combatting climate change, and preventing waste disposal on our pristine shores. He highlighted Ayla’s longstanding tradition of collaborative efforts in marine environment protection, which has garnered international recognition, exemplified by the Blue Flag certification of several Ayla facilities.
Dudin added, “We commend the dedication of Ayla’s diving team, who work tirelessly year-round to protect and clean Aqaba beaches from pollution. We are eager to join any initiatives aimed at preserving the unique biodiversity of Aqaba’s beaches.”
Dudin underscored Ayla’s adherence to stringent environmental standards as part of its mission to maintain its status as a sustainable facility. He emphasized the significance of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, which aims to conserve oceans, seas, and marine resources, ensuring their sustainable use for overall development.
The campaign witnessed active participation from various groups, including the Civil Defense, the Navy, Royal Jordanian Navy boats, the Marine Science Station, Ayla’s diving team, a number of local diving centers, and a collaborative effort between the Royal Marine Conservation Society, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, and Ayla Oasis Development Company. Official institutions in Aqaba, local community organizations, private sector entities, schools, and local diving centers also joined hands to make this campaign a success.
Khaled Al-Kurdi, the Secretary and Acting Executive Director of the Royal Marine Conservation Society, highlighted the campaign’s 30th edition as a special milestone. It showcased historically, naturally, and culturally significant sites, linking them to tourism products and services offered to guests and visitors in Aqaba. Al-Kurdi expressed gratitude to Ayla Oasis Development Company for its unwavering support in preserving the marine environment and for its educational programs aimed at protecting Aqaba’s beaches.
The two-day campaign featured Ayla’s diving team actively engaged in cleaning the seabed in the southern beach area, sorting and distributing waste with the assistance of volunteers. Additionally, it included interactive environmental activities with school students and educational events under the banner of “Think Green” in the Arab Revolt Square.