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Hamdan bin Zayed votes for Bu Tinah

posted on 24/10/2011: 2076 views

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), yesterday voted for the Bu Tinah Island, which is in the final stages of competing to become one of the New 7 Wonders (N7W) of Nature during a tour of the 'Bu Tinah Experience' exhibition being staged by EAD at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Sheikh Hamdan asserted that with support by the sons of the UAE for this national effort, Bu Tinah will remain a symbol of loyalty of and respect for 'our environment and will provide us with an opportunity to renew our sincere resolve towards conserving the legacy of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, forging ahead to protect our environment and pursuing action whose foundations were laid down by Sheikh Zayed for sustaining welfare and progress of both man and his environment and other surrounding species.

Sheikh Hamdan paid special tribute to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Honorary Chairman of EAD, for their incessant support for EAD's initiatives aimed at achieving sustainable development and better future for all.

Sheikh Hamdan added like other fascinating sites in the UAE Bu Tinah, a thriving natural haven for many species, has been growing in publicity at the hearts of both Emiratis and expatriate residents and it had been shortlisted among 28 official finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

As the only Gulf entrant, he indicated, Bu Tinah serves as a source of proud for the whole region. 'With the New7Wonders vote approaching final countdown on 11 November 2011, we still have the chance to renew our commitment to our beloved State and transform our interest in protecting the environment into action so as to add a building block that will refocus world attention to another side of our unknown national treasures,' Sheikh Hamdan said.

The uniquely designed white dome will be open to the public from Friday September 30 until Sunday November 13, 2011. Entrance to the dome - open every day from 10 am to 10 pm - is free. The initiative has been introduced to drive greater awareness on the importance of conserving the UAE's biodiversity and to support the UAE's bid for the island to become one of the New7Wonders (N7W) of Nature.

The N7W competition will draw to a close on November 11, 2011, giving people only 44 days left to vote. Officials at EAD are urging members of the public to remember to SMS their votes by sending the word 'Butinah' to 3888.

Visitors to the dome will be given once-in-a-lifetime insight into what life on Bu Tinah is like and what makes this marine protected area so unique. The 'BuTinah Experience' features a lagoon with live turtles and mangroves, and a reduced-scale model of BuTinah Island featuring special effects to bring it to life for visitors. The turtles are part of a rehabilitation initiative which aims to rescue injured animals and then return them to their native habitat. Families will be able to learn all about the UAE's unique coastal environment and natural heritage.

The 'Bu Tinah Experience' will also give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with marine conservation projects run by EAD and other groups such as the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF).

Bu Tinah Island, located around 130 km west of Abu Dhabi, is a core area of the UNESCO-designated Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve-the first marine biosphere reserve in the region. The island is situated in the western region of Abu Dhabi Emirate and is closed to the public which has been a critical factor in protecting it from the negative impacts of development and human-related activities and allowing its biodiversity to flourish in peace. Bu Tinah is home to unique coral reefs, healthy mangroves, endangered Hawksbill turtles and dugongs, dolphins, Ospreys and Socotra cormorants, and is the only finalist from the Arabian Gulf. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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