Abu Dhabi is officially plastic bag free as of today, June 1, 2022.

The announcement was made back in April by the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) that the UAE’s capital would take the lead in reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bags.

Additionally, further limits are set to be implemented to reduce the use of other plastic products in Abu Dhabi.

Back in 2019, in data shared by the World Government Summit, in the UAE alone there are 11 billion plastic bags used every year.

When will other emirates follow suit?

Thus far, Abu Dhabi is the only emirate to implement a complete ban on plastic bags.

Dubai is set to introduce a charge of 25 fils per single-use plastic bag from next month on July 1, 2022, but a total ban hasn’t been announced.

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