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Digital platform for Dubai’s natural reserves network launched

Dubai Municipality has launched a digital platform for Dubai’s Natural Reserves Network to raise environmental awareness among all segments of society and make them aware of the emirate’s biodiversity. The platform promotes eco-friendly and sustainable tourism in Dubai’s nature reserve areas, bringing together all relevant information and services about the reserves in one easily accessible location.

The new platform, which can be accessed on the Dubai Municipality website at the following link: https://www.dm.gov.ae/dubai-protected-areas/, brings together all services and information on Dubai’s eight natural reserves, which include: Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Al Marmum Desert Reserve, Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Hatta Wildlife Sanctuary, Gaf Nazwa Wildlife Sanctuary, Jebel Nazwa Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai Wildlife Sanctuary and Al Wohush Wildlife Sanctuary. The system offers a comprehensive overview of each natural reserve, including information on its type, total area, legal framework, cultural significance, wildlife and natural habitats, as well as activities visitors can take part in during their visit.

The platform also showcases everything that Dubai Municipality offers in terms of environmental education in these natural reserves, including activities for visitors, students and teachers, as well as workshops, lectures and other educational activities. Visitors can schedule guided tours of the reserves to explore the reserves and their biodiversity, as well as learn about different bird species while observing them. In addition, the platform highlights Dubai Municipality’s conservation initiatives and programmes in these reserves, such as natural habitat management programmes, water quality monitoring in the reserves, seaweed analysis and wildlife management through programmes such as birdwatching, satellite tracking of wildlife and bird recording software to identify bird species.

In addition, the platform offers all the information you need to visit the reserves, including visiting hours and instructions, precautions, local weather forecasts, a map of the location of the reserves in Dubai for easy access, and the ability to take a virtual 360-degree tour of the international wetland reserves.

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Dubai’s natural reserves cover a total area of 1,297 square kilometres and account for 31 per cent of the city’s total land area. In addition, three nature reserves – Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary and Hatta Mountain Sanctuary – are listed as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The reserves are home to many wildlife species, including 342 bird species, 46 mammal species, 51 reptile species, 315 plant species, 188 fish species and 582 invertebrate species.

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