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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ISLANDS

Delma Island - from a barren land to a charming oasis

Posted on 10/09/2006

The Sharjah-based Arabic daily, "Al Khaleej", on Friday ran an extensive feature on Delma Island of Abu Dhabi. The island, which is located at about 160 kilometres west of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, is about 10 kilometre long from north to south and 5 kilometre long from east to west. Being a volcanic island, Delma's terrain is a combination of mountains hills, valleys and plains. It is home to about 6000 people. The island has been inhabited for the past thousands of years, thanks to the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans Emirates Pearl

Posted on 29/12/2004

A massive residential and tourist city call Emirates Pearl will be built at a cost of Dh35 billion on an island belonging to Abu Dhabi under an agreement signed between the government of the emirate and a consortium of three companies according to a report published in "Arab News.' Encompassing an area of five million square meters, Emirates Pearl will be built on Abu Al Sh'oom Island northeast of Dhabi. The consortium includes Malaysia-based BBM, Al Ain based Al Rayan Investment and Abu ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi island to be developed in Dh35b project

Posted on 26/12/2004

The Abu Dhabi government will soon embark on a Dh35 billion project to develop one of its islands, according to the developers. The Abu Al Shuoom island, northeast of the capital, will be developed into a city with a raft of facilities including hospitals, schools and hotels. Three companies, one international and two local, have secured the mandate to undertake the development of the project that is expected to start in the first quarter of 2005. "It will be an important destination for ...  >>MORE

Delma Island keeps UAE's self-sufficiency dream alive

Posted on 14/08/2004

In the Arabian Gulf, 200 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi city, Delma Island does not look like a desert strip. Rather, it is as if a giant farm has been torn out of a fertile European country and transferred to Abu Dhabi. Visitors to the island are surprised to see cabbage, cauliflower, onion, cucumber, tomato, melon, pepper, parsley, banana and mango growing here. They are even more surprised to see such trees that are alien to the area as apple, pear, strawberry, fig, almond, grape, orange, ...  >>MORE

Exotic Sir Bani Yas beckons all

Posted on 31/08/2003

The exotic island of Sir Bani Yas has become an attractive destination for tourists from all over the globe. Located 9km off the Jebel Dhanna headland, 170 km west of Abu Dhabi, the island hosts a significant wildlife conservation project and is an important agricultural research centre, where giraffes from Africa and llamas from Peru roam around freely with Oryx and ostriches. Sir Bani Yas is a nature reserve and has undergone massive land reclamation, plantation, irrigation and wildlife ...  >>MORE

Sir Bani Yas: One Man's Vision: Mideast Magazine

Posted on 09/07/2003

A London-based publication has called President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan 'a true friend of the earth who has never forgotten his Bedouin roots, for his far-sighted vision to develop the Sir Bani Yas island and commitment to conservation of environment and wildlife. 'Today, Sir Bani Yas island is a significant wildlife conservation project and an important agricultural research centre,' the Middle East magazine reported in its July edition. The Monthly publication said in an ...  >>MORE

Island home to 217 rare birds

Posted on 09/12/2002

Despite its arid desert climate, Abu al-Abyadh island in Abu Dhabi is home to 217 species of birds, according a report. The report, released by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) says that the species recorded on the island in the past 10 years represent over half of those listed on the national checklist for the UAE. There are confirmed breeding species and over 150 regularly visiting migrant and over-wintering species recorded at the island. Abu al-Abyadh, ...  >>MORE

ERWDA Releases Book on Abu Dhabi's Largest Island

Posted on 25/10/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has released a new book entitled 'The Island of Abu Al Abyad', which depicts the natural history of one of the largest islands in the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of ERWDA, has called Abu Al Abyad in the book's forward a unique environment whose areas have been preserved in their original character, making the island a refuge for several rare ...  >>MORE

Sir Bani Yas reserve attracts attention

Posted on 02/09/2002

A flagship of the wildlife conservation programme of the United Arab Emirates, the western island of Sir Bani Yas continues to attract attention in the international media, with recent reports on the island appearing in both Canada and Britain. Around 200 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi city, Sir Bani Yas, a rocky island formed of a salt-dome pushed up from deep beneath the surface of the earth, has been the home since the 1970s of a unique experiment in conservation initiated by UAE President HH ...  >>MORE

Important archaeological discoveries at Dalma Island

Posted on 14/03/2002

Collaboration between archaeologists, Abu Dhabi Municipality's Sewerage Projects Committee and contractors led to important information on the 7,000 year old archaeological site on Dalma Island. Contractors made the initial discovery of the site in October 2000 following the digging of a pipeline trench on the island which uncovered layers containing remains of fireplaces, seashells and pottery. The contracting work was stopped and archaeologists returned to the island in October to examine the ...  >>MORE

Merawah Island declared a protected area

Posted on 07/01/2002

Merawah Island, west of Abu Dhabi, has been designated as a marine protected area by an Amiri decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in his capacity as Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The decree stipulates that Merawah Island, Bu Tinah and the surrounding islands and costal areas have been designated as marine protected area which will be under the management of the Environmental Research and Wildlife ...  >>MORE

Sir Bu Nair rehabilitation begins

Posted on 09/04/2001

The first stage of a programme to rehabilitate the Sir Bu Nair Island began on Saturday. The programme aims to cover the island's beaches and seabed in a comprehensive survey that will focus on the area's environment, besides studying the wildlife, biological diversity and geological structure. T he programme will be implemented by a team comprising two groups. The first group will study the marine environment on the beaches and sea over a distance of three nautical miles, while the second ...  >>MORE

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