You might see him unveiling important architectural projects for Dubai, or rooting for his winning horse at Dubai World Cup, but we are certain you haven’t yet seen His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai knee-deep in water, freeing a rehabilitated turtle.
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein posted a video on her social channels that showed His Highness freeing an adult turtle into the Arabian Gulf off the UAE coast.
Accompanying the post, Her Royal Highness wrote: "The desert and the sea are equal parts of the UAE heritage, but not all people know them both as well as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid."
In the last few years, local marine biologists have identified many underwater creatures in the Arabian Gulf, including dugongs, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks.
The UAE coastline is known to be the breeding hotspot for Hawksbill turtles, which are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. These turtles can live up to 35 years.
While no location has been tagged or mentioned in this video, Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary remains the only area in Dubai where turtles can nest, rehabilitated (if found injured), and then released back into the sea.
This sanctuary is the city’s only marine protected area and is run by Dubai Municipality, and the Emirates Marine Environmental Group.