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Ras Al Khaimah authorities take action against illegal beehives

Officials say unlicensed apiaries threaten the atmosphere, economy, and the welfare of UAE's honey-producing workforce.

Officials say unlicensed apiaries threaten the atmosphere, economy, and the welfare of UAE’s honey-producing workforce.

Enforcement Against Unauthorized Beehives

Authorities in southern Ras Al Khaimah have initiated a removal operation, eliminating 88 illegal beehives from the Shawka area. 

This proactive step by the Environment Protection and Development Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Public Services, aimed to address the adverse effects of unauthorized beekeeping on the environment and bee communities.

Protecting Ecology and Bee Habitats

Recognizing the detrimental impact of illegal beekeeping practices, authorities highlighted the threat posed to bee populations’ feeding ranges and ecological equilibrium. 

Saif AlGhais, director general of the environment protection and development authority in Ras Al Khaimah, emphasized the operation’s significance in upholding environmental commitment and raising community awareness about conservation efforts.

Revised Regulations for Beekeeping

Last year, Ras Al Khaimah’s authority established updated regulations concerning beekeeping, honey production, and apiary establishment. The new guidelines mandate obtaining a license from the authority for all beekeepers, honey producers, and apiary owners in the emirate.

Compliance Requirements

To comply with these regulations, beekeepers must register their apiaries and facilities, followed by an inspection process. 

Upon approval, beekeepers receive a Beekeeping Registration Certificate, which necessitates annual renewal to ensure adherence to established standards and the continued conservation of bee habitats.

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