s a temporary home to over 330 species of migratory birds, the UAE has a big responsibility to our feathered friends. And a special event arranged today by Dubai Municipality could help educate and raise awareness among the general public.
World Migratory Bird Day was observed worldwide on Tuesday, an annual event that highlights the growing need for global cooperation in protecting the birds and their natural habitats.
The general public has been invited along to a special exhibition at the Bin Sougat Centre in Al Rashidiya from 4pm-9pm today to learn more about the birds of the UAE.
The UAE is home to over 430 species of birds in total. More than 70 per cent of these are here for a short but vital time to rest and feed during annual journeys between wintering and breeding grounds.
Aisha Almurr Almuhery, head of the natural resources and conservation section at Dubai Municipality, explained just why we need to protect these birds, which are part of the natural heritage of the country. She said: “As their journeys can exceed thousands of kilometres, it is critical for these birds to be able to recover their strength during these stopovers”.
The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, managed by Dubai Municipality’s Environment Department, is host to many migratory birds, including the iconic and beautiful Greater Flamingo, Eurasian Spoonbill, Northern Pintail, Common Kingfisher and Glossy Ibis.
Aisha suggests that the sanctuary is a great place to learn a little more about the wildlife of our region.
She said: “Dubai Municipality tries its utmost to educate the general public about the importance of habitats like the wetlands which serve as a sanctuary for migratory birds.
“At Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, we talk to visitors face to face and help them identify birds, providing an educational talk and distributing educational material.” Dubai Municipality has been observing World Migratory Bird Day since 2007. This year it hosted a symposium of local and international ornithology and conservation experts at the Falcon and Heritage Sports Centre, Nad Al Sheba. Zehra Zawawi, from the environmental department at Dubai Municipality, said: “This year, a booklet was published which was distributed at the seminar and we will continue distributing these booklets in Bin Sougat Mall as well the hides at Ras Al Khor because Dubai Municipality believe in order to spread awareness about conservation every individual must be informed, and then we can see a difference.” French soprano Sara Gouzy and Spanish tenor Joel Prieto will perform together at La Vie En Rose on Friday. The One&Only Royal Mirage, doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm.