Thanks to Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, the region is constantly on a development front. One of the developments expanses the region is looking at is building a green cover in the next two decades.
Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) and Procter and Gamble, thus, inaugurated the Dubai Mangrove Forest on Monday. The area is soon to be a lush green haven along the desert coastline of Dubai.
Located at the Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary, the Dubai Mangroves Forest will help protect and host endangered marine species and will comprise coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds and a natural beach.
According to an official statement, the location is a United Nations protected reserve and is being managed by EMEG. This wetland has now been included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
In collaboration with The Storey Group and EcoMatcher, the wetland has launched the One Billion Trees Initiative this year wherein millions of saplings would be planted.
The area has already seen a plantation of 1,000 mangrove trees along the stretch of Dubai coastline in order to create a lush green space. The authorities also mentioned that the number is set to grow in the coming months.
According to the founder and president of EMEG, Ali Al Suweidi, the aim is to cover the 500,000-square-metre area into a green retreat. When the tide is high, a large portion of the area will be covered with water, he cited.
The mangrove is said to be a breeding grounds for crabs, marine reptiles and birds that will be protected by these mangroves that grow in sabkha (mudflat or salt flat) environments in the UAE. They are also a host to algae, barnacles, oysters, sponges and bryozoans while shrimps and mud lobsters use the muddy bottoms as their home and mangrove crabs munch on the mangrove leaves. Other than this, the mangrove is going to be home to 40 species of birds, as well as species of smaller fish and turtles.
While the Dubai Mangrove Forest is not open to the general public, the visit to the area will only be made by invitation and will cater to educational school trips and corporate team building. However, Ali Al Suweidi also shared that it may open to the public as early as after Eid Al Fitr, with online bookings to make a visit.
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