Marine protected areas​​

Creeping degradation of Abu Dhabi’s biodiversity continues, despite initiatives to arrest the trend. We are taking positive steps to protect our biodiversity by setting up and maintaining a number of environmentally protected areas.

Protected areas preserve critical habitats and the species within them for future generations, serving as living laboratories to monitor the health of the environment.

This protected area network was named the “Zayed Protected Areas Network” in 2018 in celebration of Year of Zayed

Abu Dhabi Emirate has a total of six marine protected areas representing 13.4% of Abu Dhabi’s marine areas:

  • Al Saadiyat Marine National Park: Located in the marine area adjacent to Saadiyat Island with a total area of 59 square kilometers, it is home to an abundance of marine life including the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle.
  • Al Yasat Marine Protected Area: Established by Amiri Decree in 2005 and 2009, the current area of 2046 square kilometers is characterized by its environmental importance as well as its historical and cultural importance. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs, which act as important marine sanctuaries to many species.
  • Mangrove National Park: Home to millions of mangrove trees that help absorb the carbon dioxide emitted from our urban lives. The park is located in the maritime area adjacent to the eastern mangrove corniche. Its total area is 10 square kilometers.
  • Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve: It covers a total area of about 4,255 square kilometers and is ideal for the marine and coastal environment in the country. It is rich in biodiversity supported by marine and coastal environments and is home to the second largest community of dugong in the world.
  • Bul Syayeef Marine Protected Areas: Covering a total area of 145 square kilometers, it is located west of the Mussafah channel and is an important area for migratory and resident birds. It includes a range of suitable habitats for the Greater Flamingo and other resident and migratory bird species. The reserve was joined by the World Wetland Sites Network in 2016 under the international agreement known as the Ramsar Convention signed by the state in December 2007.
  • Ras Ghanada Protected Areas: Located in the marine area adjacent to Ras Ghanaada, covering a total area of 55 square kilometers. The coral communities in the area have direct, indirect, economic and intrinsic great values, helping to protect the coastal region from hurricanes and is an important element of tourism attraction.
Last Modified Date : 7/8/2018 10:36 AM


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