Learning from Nature: Our latest ‘Delta Cares’ activity
Having passed a spectacular 48th National Day in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with plenty of fireworks and fanfare, I began to think about this year as it comes to an end. Officially known as the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, 2019 has served to remind us that we should be tolerant on all fronts: religious, racial, communal, political, etc. The ghaf tree was also chosen as the symbol of the Year of Tolerance due to its long, rich history and its stability in the desert.
On Thursday November 28, Delta Partners organized an event in Dubai as part of its continuous commitment to corporate social responsibility. The event, which took place at the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Emirates Soil Museum, was dedicated to learning about climate change and environmental challenges in the arid and summery UAE. We had the opportunity to see and learn about the marvelous ghaf trees, standing strong despite wind, sand and minimum water.
At the soil museum, we were introduced to the soil types present in the UAE. Soil is mainly comprised of clay, silt and sand, and in the UAE, it is predominantly sand. Sand loses water extremely easily, and thus suffers from low nutrients. Due to a general lack of water in desert regions and the low water absorption of sand, plants have adapted by developing longer roots and smaller leaves, and also becoming more accepting of saline water. It is something worthy of study – the tolerance of uncomfortable conditions, and the perpetual will to adapt and prosper no matter what the adversity.
We were able to see some of the experiments that ICBA has been conducting for over 20 years, especially the ones with saline water. Being able to cultivate and find plants that can thrive in saline water is one of the main objectives of ICBA. We also saw many ghaf trees, which can survive on only one litre of water per day while living up to 120 years. Tolerance and sustainability of this level is extremely admirable, providing a reminder to all of us to co-exist with and open up to other human cultures.
In the final step of this journey, we planted trees suitable to the environment as a gesture towards future carbon offsetting.
Disconnecting from work for a few hours to understand the environmental challenges faced in the UAE and getting exposed to ICBA’s work left all of us more tolerant and aware of our surroundings. It was an enlightening session and I am glad to have taken part in it. As this year winds down, it is important to carry forward the insights and inspiration of this year and head towards 2020 with a fresh outlook, ready for the challenges ahead.
Thank you ICBA for this very educational experience!
Anthony is currently a Business Analyst in our Management Consulting practice based out of Dubai. He has 2 years of professional experience in Tech, Healthcare and Consulting. Anthony has a double Masters’ degree in Management from London Business School and Fudan University and a BA in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School.
Karim is currently a Business Analyst in our Advisory practice based out of Dubai. He graduated from AUB with a degree in Computer and Communication Engineering and joined Delta Partners last November.
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