The forefathers of Abu Dhabi owed their living to the waters of the Arabian Gulf and it continues to teem with life. One of the world’s largest and densest colonies of dugongs live here, as do many seabird colonies. Several hundred thousand migrating shorebirds visit each year. Abu Dhabi also hosts approximately 110 km2 of mangroves.
But these waters and the plant and animal species within them now face immense threats, on several fronts.
Here are some of our key areas of concern, including - where applicable - the species’ environmental status as classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).