Apr 14

Visit our new Jewels of the UAE pages to discover the stunning array of habitats and species found in the United Arab Emirates. The Jewels of the UAE have been developed in collaboration with ARKive’s principal sponsor, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).

Photo of sand dune habitat of common sandfish

Sand dunes, home to the common sandfish and other desert specialists

Discover the United Arab Emirates

From mega sand dunes covering large expanses of the UAE, home to well-adapted desert specialists, to extensive seagrass beds providing safe haven for internationally important populations of endangered species, the variety of habitats and species in the UAE is both amazing and perhaps surprising.

Dugong photo

The dugong is found in the seagrass beds off the coast of the UAE

Highlighting spectacular diversity

Our new Jewels of the UAE pages highlight not only the familiar desert specialists many of us associate with the Arabian peninsular, but also the less well known – the colourful fish living on the coral reefs in the warm waters off the coast of the UAE, the many birds which breed on offshore islands and in the mangrove swamps, and the mountain species, some found nowhere else in the world.

Photo of five-lined snapper shoal

Shoals of five-lined snapper are found patrolling over coral reefs

Conserving endangered species

The UAE boasts a number of conservation success stories – the most famous being that of the Arabian oryx, once extinct in the wild and now re-introduced into its natural habitat in populations throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

Photo of Arabian oryx males fighting

Visit our Jewels of the UAE pages to find more of the spectacular variety of species which live in the habitats of this stunning region and to learn more about the conservation efforts being undertaken in the region.

Also new today…

Many of the species found in the UAE and on our Jewels of the UAE pages, are being highlighted as part of a new exhibit launched today at Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort by H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Wildlife photography exhibition on display in Abu Dhabi in 2010

Abu Dhabi Wildlife photography exhibition on display in Abu Dhabi in 2010

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