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UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today planted the first red mangrove tree on the Sir Bani Yas island which is famous for being a bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve and one of Abu Dhabi's largest islands on the Arabian Gulf. 

Sheikh Mohammed planted the evergreen tree, which lives in saline, wet habitats, during his visit to the island to chair a two-day cabinet retreat to discuss suggestions for developing education and health sectors.

His Highness praised the idea of relocation of the tree on the island, considering the diverse species of flora on the island as an enduring national legacy and treasure left by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a number of ministers and senior officials.

As one of the largest natural islands in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, thanks to decades of intensive conservation work and ecological investment, is today home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants, breeding programmes for endangered species and numerous exciting tourism activities.

The island has a wide variety of resilient, desert tolerant plants that are able to withstand the harsh, arid environment like Sider, Ghaf (Prosopis cineraria), Gum Arabic, Frankincense and Toothbrush Tree.


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    Marius Prinsloo – General Manager

    Planning the conservation and environmental future of Sir Bani Yas Island is quite challenging, it makes it more special knowing that we are realising a dream.

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    Mr. Indra Prasad Subedi – Head Ranger

    Being a game capture specialist, one of my best experiences was the physical capturing of the Cheetah which was one of my dreams to be accomplished.

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    Dr Mubarak Hassabelrasol – Veterinarian

    My proudest moment has probably been on the conservation and rehabilitation of the Arabian Oryx.  These beautiful creatures are close to home and close to my heart.

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    Nabil Saada – Head of Agriculture

    I love working on a team that is dedicated to continuing Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s “Greening of the Desert programme”.  Its truly exciting being part of an island.

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    Ghazi Nabeeh Qarout - Guest

    “Great place for family break or business offsite brainstorming”

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    Ole Dalin - Guest

    “A peaceful place, a nature lover must visit”

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    Shekhar Ramesh Raj - Guest

    “Beautiful place... amazing experience...”

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    Khaled Sarraj - Guest

    “it was perfect service and activity is out standing for sure will go again.”

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    Carolyn Girdwood - Guest

    “Wonderful! A very different holiday experience......don't expect to shop but do expect to appreciate wildlife”

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    @HayleyScottie - Guest

    “The giraffe were delightfully elegant, but next time we're on the cheetah hunt!”


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