walking trail

Dubai launches unique walking trail

A new nature reserve with a 100-kilometre walking trail for tourists has been created in the Dubai Desert. The new reserve will provide more recreational opportunities for wildlife lovers and fresh air.

“Dubai is the most beautiful city in the world and our plan is to make the nature and countryside one of the most beautiful and enjoyable to visit,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wrote on Twitter.

The ruler of Dubai has already visited the new natural attraction, which is located south of the emirate’s administrative centre and runs through the areas of Lusaili, Lehbab, Al Marram, Al Faqaa, Al Aweer and others. It also includes the Saih Al Salam collection of artificial lakes.

The 100km walking trail is the first of its kind in the Middle East region. Dubai already has a 90-kilometre cycling trail surrounded by a picturesque desert landscape. Cyclists are served by bike hire, a café and a medical centre.

Sheikh Mohammed is known for his love of nature and animals. In 2018, he launched the Marmoom Nature Reserve project, which will open in 2030. Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is the largest ecological park in the UAE, covering 10% of the emirate.

It is one of the few places in Dubai where wildlife such as sand foxes and oryx can be seen in their natural habitat. The lakes are home to over 170 species of birds, including swans, geese, ducks and flamingos. Some of the birds, such as the steppe eagle and wagtail, are listed in the Red Book.

In May 2022, Sheikh Mohammed announced plans to improve the Emirate’s countryside with the aim of turning it into a cultural and tourist destination. Under the new initiative, ‘rural’ areas such as Al Faqa, Al Lusayli, Al Habab, Al Marmoom, Al Awir, Margham and many others will get new life.

According to the ruler of Dubai, the new project will improve the quality of services and create new amenities in the developed areas. This includes plans to develop eco-tourism. “The aim is to create new economic opportunities for the residents of these areas,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

Source: The National

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