COAST IS CLEAR Ballinesker in Co Wexford earned its first Blue Flag
Head of the Paphos Beaches Committee, Nikos Simillides, stated that the municipality will continue working towards keeping the beaches at the same quality level, adding that he is proud that Paphos was awarded with nine Blue Flags
Chris Payne, leisure services manager at Pembrokeshire County Council, said: "It's an honour to be presented with a Blue Flag
award as it helps recognise all of the hard work the council and the community put in to keeping our beaches clean as well as helping to draw in visitors and trade to local businesses in the area.
A total of 39 others across Wales have also been given one of the Blue Flags
, which recognises beaches for the quality of bathing water, the cleanliness of the beach, controlled access by dogs, an adequate number of lifeguards, the monitoring of marine and freshwater habitats and visitors' services.
Nationally, 141 beaches now have awards to their name, including 61 beaches achieving the Blue Flag
Award - up from 56 last year.
Commenting on the certification, Sofitel The Palm Dubai director of engineering Rohit Salunke said: "We are proud to have received the Blue Flag
certification and be among the few highly ranked beach destinations in the UAE for our environmental commitment.
Other beaches managed by the municipality have also been recognised with Blue Flag
In the UAE, the Emirates Wildlife Society -- in association with the World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF) -- currently coordinates the country's Blue Flag
It) would be our ultimate aim to see all UAE beaches flying the blue flag
," said Moaz Sawaf, conservation and education project manager at Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF, the organisation representing the Copenhagen-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education that owns and runs the Blue Flag
CYMEPA General Secretary Michalis Ierides said that the Blue Flag
is now 26 years old years old, while in Cyprus it has been awarded during the last 18 years and have contributed" in acquiring knowledge and the rights values which are necessary to promote practices of sustainable development and exploitation of the beaches by the local authorities.
Meanwhile, the Teesside favourite destination at Whitby has grabbed a coveted Blue Flag
award and Yorkshire Seaside Award winners are at nearby Runswick Bay and North-east winners include Seaton Carew centre beach.
The following marinas also received blue flag
status: Victoria Dock, Caernarfon, Hafan, Pwllheli, Gwynedd and Holyhead Marina, Anglesey as well as Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan and Swansea Marina.