- By Alston Rodrigues
Residents in the UAE can now adopt a beehive and receive up to 10kg of organic honey annually, straight from the source.
For an annual fee of Dh2,500 for the first year and Dh1,750 for each year thereafter, this is yet another move by TSC in educating residents across the city about the importance of bees to the environment.
Though small in size, the bees’ existence help supports the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for creatures large and small. Sheikh Salem Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of ANHB, said this programme will continue to “help teach the UAE public about the purity of local honey and its benefits over sugar in the drive against obesity”.
In exchange for the fee, those who adopt a hive will receive up to 10kg of honey, education material on the importance of local honey and three visits to the apiary to witness the pollination process during the jujube, acadia and prosopis seasons. Residents will be able to keep an eye on the hives using special tracking devices too.
Speaking to Khaleej Times about its involvement, Karim El Jisr, executive director of TSC, said with its own Bee Garden within the TSC community focusing solely on re-populating honey bees to the area.
This new ‘My Hive’ programme will additionally allow residents the unique opportunity to enjoy organic products like honey, royal jelly and propolis (bee glue) from their own hive. People love to consume honey, especially in this region, so this is a chance to get it straight from the source.
But aside from the obvious sweet treat, he said the apiary visits and educational material will help people realise the importance of honey bees and their contributions to ecology.
During the announcement, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said the ‘My Hive’ programme is a good example of initiatives rolled out by the private sector to achieve sustainability.