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Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Announces Project to Build Tidal Pools along UAE Coastline

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced it is breaking ground on a project to build tidal pools that mimic natural ones along the UAE coastline. The initiative aims to support marine ecosystems through establishing habitat areas for key species.

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, made the announcement during a visit to the Environment Protection and Development Authority of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK EPDA). His Excellency Dr Saif Mohammed Al Ghais, Director of RAK EPDA, His Excellency Sultan bin Alwan Al Habsi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Regions Sector at MOCCAE, and Salah Al Rayssi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for the Biodiversity Sector at MOCCAE, were also present on the occasion.  

Tidal pools are shallow pockets of seawater that form on the rocky intertidal shore. The tidal pools will provide home to marine creatures, such as crabs, molluscs, sea urchins, plankton, and other marine invertebrates.

The pilot phase will comprise establishing 10 to 15 pools at Al Jazirah Al Hamra, a historic town to the south of the city of Ras Al Khaimah. RAK EPDA will oversee the project in coordination with MOCCAE, while research scientists and ecologists observe the pools’ residents and study their adaptability to their new habitats. Based on the outcomes of this phase, the initiative will expand to include all emirates.

His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “To sustain the UAE’s marine biodiversity, affected by urbanization and other human activities, MOCCAE regularly rolls out initiatives that provide marine habitats to make up for the loss of natural ones.”

He added: “Learning from the successful experiences of Singapore and several European countries in this area, the Ministry seeks to collaborate with the concerned local authorities to implement the project across the seven emirates in phases.”

For his part, His Excellency Dr Al Ghais said: “RAK EPDA welcomes the initiative as it will help sustain marine biodiversity in the country as well as create educational sites for students and researchers to study the various species of the Arabian Gulf.”

His Excellency Dr Al Ghais thanked fishermen for complying with the rules and regulations that safeguard local fisheries and applauded the leading role MOCCAE plays in protecting the country’s environment.

Natural tidal pools in the UAE mostly form in rocky coastal areas, particularly around islands. Notable locations include Al Khairan Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai, Mazahmi Wetlands Protected Conservation Area in Ras Al Khaimah, Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve in Sharjah, and Al Zorah Nature Reserve in Ajman.

The MOCCAE delegation also visited the RAK Fishermen Society to discuss the most pressing needs of its members. His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi praised their significant contribution to the national economy, and noted the Ministry’s ongoing commitment to monitoring the conditions in which fishermen work to help them overcome any challenges they encounter while practicing their profession.


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