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Connect With Nature Announces New Environment Events Calendar
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Connect With Nature Announces New Environment Events Calendar

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Connect With Nature, a UAE-wide environment programme and app by Emirates-Nature WWF and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, has launched a new calendar of events for the outdoor season across the whole Emirates.

It follows the results of a new YouGov poll of 500 people in the UAE, on behalf of Connect With Nature, which found that:

·         65% of 18-29 year olds in the UAE want to do more to protect the environment and take part in events and activities that benefit the natural world

·         70% of young people want to have access to more information about ways to help the environment

·         72% of this youthful age group want to spend more time outdoors in nature

·         7 out of every 10 young people in the UAE say they will make changes to their daily lifestyles to protect the planet

In order to engage youth with the environment, Connect With Nature has announced the launch of its brand new digital app and website, with a host of new features and a calendar of events that includes adventurous activities such as floating under the moonlight at the National Mangrove Park and riding through wadis and exploring ancient heritage sites, to impactful knowledge-sharing events, youth panels, debates, and competitions focusing on sustainable fashion and more. Those who sign up to the app can also get access to overnight camping trips, beach clean-ups and a variety of adventures in the wilderness.

Here are some of the upcoming activities to take part in:

Nature After Dark (24th October and 14th November) in Abu Dhabi at the National Mangrove Park.

Explore nature under the moonlight by floating along the water, listen to the sounds of nature and discover the wildlife that inhabits the mangroves and how people can do more to protect this precious ecosystem. No previous experience is necessary – just a sense of curiosity and adventure. The tour is provided by Noukhada Adventure Company and sign-up is via the Connect With Nature website.

Location – Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi

Date – 24th October and 14th November

Time – 4.30pm

Price – AED 220

Ride Back in Time (25th -26th October and 29th -30th November – overnight) to discover the awe-inspiring stories of humankind and nature at the archaeological sites in Mleiha.  

Trek through the Valley of Caves and witness a mountain made of millions of years of history. Enjoy a BBQ around the campfire with stories of local communities and discussions of the relationship between humans and nature. Gaze into the dark and reflect on the awesomeness of stars. Walk into the sunrise on the Fossil Mountain --- maybe you can find a fossil telling a special story!

Join Connect with Nature and explore this experience. Come with your sense of wonder and set out on this overnight experience to discover this special place.

Location – Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Sharjah

Date – 25th-26th October and 29th-30th November

Time – 4pm – 9am next day

Price – AED 410

Wild Workouts (Free to take part!)

As part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, get outdoors to exercise and explore. From guided runs around Al Qudra’s flamingo lakes, to discovering the fish, ducks and wildlife of Sustainable City and Zabeel Park’s lush green nature areas, there are plenty of options for beginners and more experienced runners. The best part? It’s free to take part through Connect With Nature – just download the app and sign-up.

Location – Al Qudra Lakes East (5.6km circuit)

Date – 30th October

Time – 6pm

Price – FREE!

Location – Sustainable City (3.8km circuit)

Date – 6th November

Time – 6pm

Price – FREE!

Location – Zabeel Park (2km circuit)

Date – 13th November

Time – 6pm

Price – FREE!

Director General of Emirates Nature-WWF, Laila Mostafa Abdullatif said: “The team at Connect with Nature has created a brand new app and a packed new season of exciting, inspiring and fun events to do. This programme has been created for youth, by youth and will adapt to the changing needs of young people, to drive environmental sustainability in a fun and engaging way.”

For more information and to sign-up to upcoming activities and events visit: https://connectwithnature.ae











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