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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - CONSERVATION

UAE keen to preserve, develop wetlands, says Minister of Climate Change and Environment

Posted on 02/02/2017

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, stressed the importance of establishing and managing the protected areas of the country in a bid to maintain and develop the ecosystems in line with the directives of the UAE's founding father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Speaking on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day or Ramsar, which is globally celebrated on 2nd February, Al-Zeyoudi explained that the Ministry, in co-ordination with the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah International Conservation Forum to discuss dangers faced by species of vulture, develop Red List for Arabia's trees

Posted on 30/01/2017

The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) is gearing up to organise the 18th Sharjah International Conservation Forum for Arabian Biodiversity ( previously known as the International Conservation Workshop for Arabia's Biodiversity), which will be held next February, under the generous patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The forum is aimed at highlighting the dangers faced by species of vulture, developing a ...  >>MORE

One tree can leave your legacy on Sir Bani Yas

Posted on 09/08/2016

Thousands of mangroves are planted every year on Sir Bani Yas island and each one of them "belongs" to a tourist who has been there. Part of the environmental conservation programme of the eco-tourist island, Anantara, which manages both the hotel and the two villa lodges on Sir Bani Yas, is asking every person arriving there to write their name on a piece of paper if they wish to have a mangrove seedling planted on their behalf. "It is such a great idea! While we were waiting for bags and ...  >>MORE

New exhibition highlights best conservation practices projects in the Arab Region

Posted on 10/04/2016

Sharjah hosted an exhibition that showcases the Arab region's most significant conservation projects. Inaugurated by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and organised by the ICCROM ATHAR Conservation Centre, the regional office of the Rome based international conservation agency, the event hopes to draw public attention to conservation issues at a time when more and more cultural assets perish in conflict. The exhibition dubbed "Best ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Qasimi calls for conserving Arabia's biodiversity

Posted on 29/03/2016

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, emphasised the importance of preserving and conserving Arabia's natural biodiversity. Speaking at the International Conservation Workshop for Arabia's Biodiversity, organised by the Sharjah Research Academy (SRA), Sheikh Sultan said efforts were needed to conserve and propagate seeds whether in Sharjah or in other countries. He said he started seed collecting and storing as a hobby at the time he was ...  >>MORE

Environment and Protected Areas Authority to showcase eco-tourism project at World Future Energy Summit

Posted on 15/01/2016

As part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, which will run concurrently with the 2016 edition of the World Future Energy Summit, WFES, from 18th – 21st January, Sharjah's Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, has yesterday announced that it will be using its participation to showcase its eco-tourism destination – the Wasit Wetland Centre. The EPAA is Sharjah's dedicated authority for legislating on and upholding environmental directives and policies, and has oversight on all ...  >>MORE

Five UAE sites identified as biologically and ecologically important

Posted on 11/07/2015

Five sites in the UAE were recognised for their rich and unique environmental biodiversity during a regional meeting hosted by the UAE Government. The recently concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSA) in the north-western Indian Ocean and Gulf identified Abu Dhabi's southwest waters and Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, Dubai's Jebel Ali, and Sharjah's Sir Bu Na'air Island and Khor Kalba for their marine ecology. The sites were evaluated ...  >>MORE

Five UAE sites identified as areas of global biological and ecological importance

Posted on 27/05/2015

The UAE has identified five sites as areas of global biological and ecological importance during the recently-concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-Western Indian Ocean and the neighbouring Gulf region, announced the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Southwest Waters of Abu Dhabi, Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, Jebel Ali, Sir Bu Na'air Island & Khor Kalba, recognised for rich environmental biodiversity, were identified ...  >>MORE

Central American tree wreaking havoc in the Northern Emirates

Posted on 07/04/2015

A Central American tree species introduced decades ago for forests in Abu Dhabi is wreaking havoc in the Northern Emirates, destroying farms and native flora. Prosopis juliflora, popularly known as mesquite, was introduced in the 1970s but is now growing in dense forests in the valleys of the Northern Emirates. The species has a local name, ghoeif, which is similar to that of its cousin the ghaf, a native under threat from the invader. Dr Ali El-Keblawy, associate professor at the University ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Qasimi issues Emiri Decree on establishing Masnad Nature Reserve

Posted on 06/04/2015

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued an Emiri Decree on the establishment of Masnad Nature Reserve in the Emirate of Sharjah. The Emiri Decree, No. 45 of 2015, stipulates that a nature reserve will be established in the Emirate of Sharjah under the name of "Masnad Nature Reserve". The Environment and Protected Areas Authority shall be responsible of the reserve and shall take the necessary administrative procedures regarding ...  >>MORE

Jebel-Ali based RMD Boards launches ‘Say Yes to No Wood’ movement

Posted on 21/01/2015

RMD Boards, a division of JRD International based in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, has launched a ‘Say Yes to No Wood' movement under which the company will plant a tree for every 100 ‘Likes' on its Facebook page. RMD Boards, which manufactures multi-use wall panels that are designed to replace conventional wooden and plywood panels, is running the campaign until February 14th, 2015, and aims to plant hundreds of trees, as part of its commitment to environmental conservation. "The Say Yes to No ...  >>MORE

Environmental volunteers help protect Fujairah’s Wadi Wurayah

Posted on 30/07/2014

Environmental work by volunteers at Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah National Park has yielded important results for scientists looking to preserve the area's delicate ecosystem. Between September last year and April, more than 270 people from 12 countries volunteered for the first round of the Water Research and Learning Programme in the protected area, gathering data on the quality of the fresh water in the pools, and providing information enabling scientists to map the well-being of the ecosystem ...  >>MORE

First year freshwater conservation efforts at Wadi Wurayah hailed a success

Posted on 17/07/2014

The Water Research and Learning Programme in Wadi Wurayah National Park, Fujairah, has announced the success of its inaugural fielding season, a programme which hosted eight main research activities inside the National Park. The ongoing programme, which was launched in September 2013, was the first of its kind in the Middle East and is committed to researching the biodiversity of freshwater areas and spreading awareness on freshwater issues. In December 2013, the Crown Prince of Fujairah, ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo showcases Ghaf Tree during Endangered Species Month

Posted on 28/05/2014

Al Ain Zoo is showcasing the Ghaf Tree as an integral part of the UAE's heritage, during the Arabian Endangered Species Month campaign. The campaign was launched earlier this month as part of the zoo's commitment to environment and wildlife conservation and educating the public on the UAE's natural environment. As well as its ability to grow in dry climates, high temperatures, and withstand long periods without water, the Ghaf Tree traditionally brought people together during their travels ...  >>MORE

National Bank of Fujairah partners Emirates Wildlife Society in preservation of Wadi Wurayah National Park

Posted on 18/03/2014

National Bank of Fujairah, NBF, has entered into a partnership with the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF, the global conservation body (EWS-WWF), that will see the bank supporting conservation efforts for the Wadi Wurayah National Park in Fujairah. NBF will utilise its ATM network to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of Wadi Wurayah by encouraging customers to donate one dirham whenever they withdraw cash from the bank's ATMs. Such donations are entirely voluntary ...  >>MORE

Khor Kalba conservation efforts bear fruits

Posted on 23/02/2014

Amidst the rugged Hajar Mountains on the east coast of the UAE lies an oasis that oozes with life of various forms. Chirping and tweeting birds, mangrove trees and the serene blue water welcome you as you enter a unique ecosystem that is known as Khor Kalba. Once a popular picnic spot, the five square kilometre green belt is now closed to the public, allowing conservation efforts to take root. In 2012 the site of Al Gorm and Al Hafiye, as it is official called, was declared a protected area ...  >>MORE

Eco-friendly garments to help plant Ghaf trees

Posted on 19/02/2014

Creations of 16 eco-conscious designers on show; every Dh35 spent goes to planting of one Ghaf sapling What do you get if you throw scrap denim, ambitious designers, and 14 sleepless nights into the same mix? A collection of eco-friendly garments and the potential to grow thousands of Ghaf trees. Since February 13, a fortnight after 16 designers descended on Burj Park to try their hand at turning denim rags into sustainable riches, Mercato Mall has been showcasing the "fruits” of the hard ...  >>MORE

Wadi Wurayah – a wetland of great importance

Posted on 04/02/2014

Wadi Wurayah is a unique wetland that supports many species not seen in other parts of the world. Located in the Hajar mountain range in the emirate of Fujairah, the wadi is home to one of the few freshwater springs that run throughout the year. The wadi's special location was identified by the WWF as an Eco-Region and an area important for conservation. Home to around 100 unique species, including dragonflies, toads, mammals and birds, the area's conservation has become a number one ...  >>MORE

Sharjah’s Sir Bu Nair Island added to global list of protected areas

Posted on 19/12/2013

An island's delicate ecosystem has been declared a protected area and added to a global list of unspoilt wildlife habitats of international importance. Sir Bu Nair, about 112 kilometres off the coast of Sharjah, is now covered by the Ramsar Convention, a treaty for the preservation of wetlands signed by the UAE in 2007. The pearl-shaped island is the second area of Sharjah to be given protection, after Al Ghafiya mangroves in Kalba on the east coast. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Crown Prince calls for extensive efforts to protect and conserve Wadi Wurayah nature reserve

Posted on 18/12/2013

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, yesterday attended a ceremony held by Fujairah Municipality at the Wadi Wurayah nature reserve to spot light on current efforts to preserve natural resources. Sheikh Mohammed instructed the municipality to take serious, practical measures to conserve and protect the flora and fauna as well as water resources at the reserve for the welfare of the future generation. 'While we are moving towards future, we should ...  >>MORE

Giant duck to return at surprise location in UAE

Posted on 09/12/2013

Mystery surrounds the return of a giant inflatable duck that disappeared from Dubai Creek last week. The 18-metre-tall duck surprised onlookers when it appeared on December 1. It was gone by night. The company behind the giant duck, Geowash, an eco-friendly car wash system, said it will re-emerge at a surprise location soon. Geowash had set the duck afloat as part of its water conservation drive, expected to last two months. The duck will tour a number of locations, possibly docking ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler urges residents to keep public spaces clean

Posted on 26/11/2013

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Monday visited the Muntathir nature reserve in Al Bataeh. Speaking during the visit to the reserve, Dr Sheikh Sultan called on Emiratis and residents to keep public parks and facilities and camping grounds clean in order to preserve a healthy and balanced environment, which was affected by urban expansion and illegal poaching and hunting activities leading to the extinction of a large number ...  >>MORE

EAD records the biggest breeding of flamingos at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

Posted on 23/07/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed that the Greater flamingo has successfully bred once again at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi. Around 200 chicks were born in the last six weeks - the highest number ever recorded since the species first returned to the Reserve to breed back in 2011 and experts say it is an indication of improved conditions for birds to breed. EAD recorded that the first chicks hatched on June 1, 2013 and by July 16, a total of 201 chicks were ...  >>MORE

The UAE wetlands designated by Ramsar as sites of international importance

Posted on 06/07/2013

Four UAE wetlands in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, have been designated as sites of international importance by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention), an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. In 2007, the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai became the first UAE wetland to be named by Ramsar as a site of ...  >>MORE

Project aims to raise awareness on national tree

Posted on 13/05/2013

Cutting or selling of the wood of the national tree of UAE — Ghaf — will cost the violators a fine of Dhs50,000 as bodies from various government and non-governmental organisations are making efforts to increase its number all over the country. This was told by Tatiana Antonelli Abella, managing director of Goumbook.com, while addressing a press conference held in Al Barari, Dubai on Saturday. The event, ‘Give a Ghaf' campaign, was organised by Canon Middle East as part of its environmental ...  >>MORE

UAE, RAMSAR explore joint cooperation

Posted on 05/05/2013

The UAE and the Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat) discussed ways of improving sustainable management of wetlands according to international best practices, developing a national strategy for wetlands, compiling of the national report on wetlands and establishing a data base on wetlands in the UAE. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, received on Thursday Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, ...  >>MORE

Progress on Khour Dubai's nomination to UNESCO's heritage list viewed

Posted on 31/03/2013

Progress on efforts to put Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO's World Heritage list yesterday was viewed by Infrastructure and Environment Committee at the Dubai Executive Council. The meeting held Al Ahmadiya Heritage House was chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD '&' CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), to express support to the national heritage and to eventually enhance Dubai's competitiveness as a ...  >>MORE

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi educates next generation on water conservation

Posted on 21/03/2013

To mark World Water Day, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is planting the seeds of water conservation awareness among Abu Dhabi's school children by taking fund raisers from ALDAR Academy's Pearl Primary School on an educational tour of the Park's water conservation system. The winning students were the top five fund-raisers in a unique Cycle for Water event organised by ALDAR Academy earlier to raise funds to buy two water tanks for a school in Mekele, Ethiopia. The educational tour is a part of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah’s nature reserves fenced off in Kalba

Posted on 09/01/2013

Two nature reserve areas, Al Qurm and Al Hafiya, were recently fenced off in Kalba by the directorate of Public Works of Sharjah, in coordination with the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPPA). The project falls within the framework of the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to maintain and protect nature reserves. The fencing project cost Dh4.5 million. The fencing work comes within the project Kalba for ...  >>MORE

Preserving the wonders of UAE's Wadi Wurayah

Posted on 07/01/2013

Training local people as rangers, researching rare species and dealing with litter and discarded pets are all issues in need of attention if Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah is to be kept pristine for future generations, say conservationists. These objectives are among those listed as priorities in a management plan developed for the Fujairah Government by Emirates Wildlife Society - World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF). The wadi is famous as the last refuge of rare animals such as the Arabian tahr, ...  >>MORE

EAD's inspection ceases Mangrove removal attempt on Al Reem Island

Posted on 06/08/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has recently succeeded in protecting approximately 60,000 square metres of mangroves on Al Reem Island after learning of a developer's attempt to clear the area in order to widen the Island's northern channel. The incident was discovered by EAD's inspectors who were making a routine visit to the site. Reports show that the developer had attempted to initiate a mangrove removal operation in a bid to widen the Island's northern channel by approximately ...  >>MORE

Buy art work to save mangroves in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 30/07/2012

Buy a novelty item with your celebrity's art work and message of hope, and help save Abu Dhabi's mangroves. This is the campaign by Green Abu Dhabi, a group of volunteers committed to saving the mangroves, during the holy month of Ramadan. "Green Abu Dhabi has been trying not only to raise awareness about the deteriorating condition of our mangroves in the city of Abu Dhabi, but also to raise funds over the last year to save at least one mangrove from destruction by organising regular monthly ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority continues plan to document and protect ruins of old Al Ain villages

Posted on 22/07/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has completed the first phase of archaeological excavations around the old Al Khrais village in the southern part of Al Jimi oasis in the emirate's heritage heartland of Al Ain. Al Khrais was home to a community that moved out of the village in the early 1970s. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said the next move will be to devise a plan, in conjunction with various stakeholders, to preserve the village. ...  >>MORE

Greater awareness on UAE desert urged

Posted on 10/07/2012

Dr Mohammed Ali Reza Khan, the award-winning nature conservationist at the Dubai Municipality, has called for greater awareness about the flora and fauna of the UAE desert. Speaking at a presentation on UAE natural history to the students of the University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD), Dr Khan said: "Not many people know that the desert is full of life. It comes alive especially at night, teeming with insects, birds, lizards and beetles. There is a need for increased awareness about the wonders ...  >>MORE

Conservation study to take place at Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah

Posted on 24/06/2012

The Wadi Wurayah National Park in Fujairah is set to undergo a baseline vegetation study to help conserve the area's rare plants. The study will be undertaken by Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF), Fujairah Municipality sponsored by long-term partner the HSBC Bank. The study will uncover key information regarding the wadi's trees, map and assess the current vegetation and help EWS-WWF and Fujairah Municipality better understand the value of the vegetation for the ...  >>MORE

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Awards US$500,000 to Species Conservation Projects

Posted on 12/06/2012

In expectation of better understanding the population distribution of Vietnam's rarely seen and only recently discovered ungulate called a Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), scientists have been awarded US$5,000 by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. The animal, only discovered 20 years ago, is so rarely seen and secretive that scientists will look for traces of its DNA in the blood sucked by leeches living in the same area. And while employing less obscure scientific ...  >>MORE

TDIC chief awarded for conservation

Posted on 23/05/2012

The Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) has bestowed its Editor's Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year 2012 on Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), for his leadership in the company's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Conservation Programme. A key aspect of these awards is that they recognise the wide contribution of a project to society and the environment,” said Richard Thompson, editorial director of the MEED. "It is my hope that in ...  >>MORE

Hatta, Al Aweer to help increase protected land proportion to 10%

Posted on 15/05/2012

As part of the plan to increase the proportion of protected land to ten per cent in the emirate, Dubai Municipality will declare such land in Hatta and in Al Aweer by the end of this year, Mohammad Abdul Rahman Hassan, Head of Marine Environment and Wildlife Section in the municipality's Environment Department, told Gulf News. "It is part of the strategic plan that by 2014 we attain the target of ten per cent. Each area that is declared as protected has to satisfy some requirements and we ...  >>MORE

Candlelight walks, seaside drumming to entice UAE residents this Earth Hour

Posted on 29/03/2012

It's lights out for the UAE come March 31, as residents unite in a global cause to combat climate change. This year, Earth Hour will once again witness major landmarks across the country – including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and Al Qasbah in Sharjah – as they plunge into darkness for one hour in support of the world's largest environmental event in history. However, the 2012 initiative will not just request a one-hour conservation pledge, but aims ...  >>MORE

Ruler of Sharjah urges desert preservation

Posted on 07/02/2012

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Monday released a large number of wild animals into Al Dhaleema Natural Reserve to ensure biodiversity in the emirate. The wild species released by Dr Sheikh Sultan included Arabian Oryx, deer, snakes, monkeys, wild hares, rodents and lizards as part of efforts to release the species into their natural habitats. Meanwhile, Dr Sheikh Sultan attended the launch of the 13th edition of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage establishes state-of-the-art facilities for the protection of art and heritage

Posted on 02/02/2012

As part of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH)'s mission to safeguard, manage, and enhance national heritage, ADACH has constructed a multipurpose art storage facilities on the ground floor of the National Archive Building in Abu Dhabi. The space, which covers 770 square meters, was established according to international standards, especially those approved by UNESCO. The state-of-the-art storage facilities accommodate a wide array of collections, such as paintings, ...  >>MORE

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UAE keen to preserve, develop wetlands, says Minister of Climate Change and Environment


Sharjah International Conservation Forum to discuss dangers faced by species of vulture, develop Red List for Arabia's trees


One tree can leave your legacy on Sir Bani Yas


New exhibition highlights best conservation practices projects in the Arab Region


Sultan Al Qasimi calls for conserving Arabia's biodiversity


Environment and Protected Areas Authority to showcase eco-tourism project at World Future Energy Summit


Five UAE sites identified as biologically and ecologically important


Five UAE sites identified as areas of global biological and ecological importance


Central American tree wreaking havoc in the Northern Emirates


Sultan Al Qasimi issues Emiri Decree on establishing Masnad Nature Reserve


Jebel-Ali based RMD Boards launches ‘Say Yes to No Wood’ movement


Environmental volunteers help protect Fujairah’s Wadi Wurayah


First year freshwater conservation efforts at Wadi Wurayah hailed a success


Al Ain Zoo showcases Ghaf Tree during Endangered Species Month


National Bank of Fujairah partners Emirates Wildlife Society in preservation of Wadi Wurayah National Park


Khor Kalba conservation efforts bear fruits


Eco-friendly garments to help plant Ghaf trees


Wadi Wurayah – a wetland of great importance


Sharjah’s Sir Bu Nair Island added to global list of protected areas


Fujairah Crown Prince calls for extensive efforts to protect and conserve Wadi Wurayah nature reserve


Giant duck to return at surprise location in UAE


Sharjah Ruler urges residents to keep public spaces clean


EAD records the biggest breeding of flamingos at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve


The UAE wetlands designated by Ramsar as sites of international importance


Project aims to raise awareness on national tree


UAE, RAMSAR explore joint cooperation


Progress on Khour Dubai's nomination to UNESCO's heritage list viewed


Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi educates next generation on water conservation


Sharjah’s nature reserves fenced off in Kalba


Preserving the wonders of UAE's Wadi Wurayah


EAD's inspection ceases Mangrove removal attempt on Al Reem Island


Buy art work to save mangroves in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority continues plan to document and protect ruins of old Al Ain villages


Greater awareness on UAE desert urged


Conservation study to take place at Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah


Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Awards US$500,000 to Species Conservation Projects


TDIC chief awarded for conservation


Hatta, Al Aweer to help increase protected land proportion to 10%


Candlelight walks, seaside drumming to entice UAE residents this Earth Hour


Ruler of Sharjah urges desert preservation


Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage establishes state-of-the-art facilities for the protection of art and heritage