7 Days in Dubai - - LIFE -

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.

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