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UAE to establish region’s first spirulina farm

The UAE will set up a spirulina farming project on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi boarder, the first farm of its kind in the Middle East...


July 26, 2009 2:15 by

The UAE will set up a spirulina farming project on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi boarder, the first farm of its kind in the Middle East, reports Khaleej Times. A United Nations body will oversee the farming project.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae rich with energy and nutrients; it is commonly used to provide much-needed nutritional help to poor nations worldwide.

Remigio Maradona, director general of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, and cousin of ex-footballer Diego Maradona, was in the UAE recently to promote the project and secure donations.

“A philanthropist has offered one kilometer square of land on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border for the farm. We are in the process of finalizing the donation,” he told Khaleej Times. The land was also backed by a $1 million donation.

According to Maradona, the algae will be ready for harvest by mid-September.


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  1. Dr R Hankin on September 25, 2009 12:05 pm

    al salam aleikum,
    in fact we have been trying to stat a spirulina farm for a while and are still putting together (without UN help) indeed we have contacted the abudhabi health ministry when we visited last summer 2008 for help &advice as we wanted to commercialise the product in the UAe (as well as giving 10% for islamic charities, as an MD who worked for muslim charities I am accutely aware of malnutrition & its consequences). sadly my mails to the ministry went unanswered…
    I have learnt a lot about starting a company in the UAE , made contacts about obtaining live samples, but we have not yet found qualified staff to manage the project etc…
    but I am still trying to put it together with ALAH’a help I will succeed, as this algae is indeed beneficial, (I bought some and have been using it for many months).
    Eid mubarek to all, wal salam aleikum wal rahmat.
    Dr Hankin, MD.


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