I’d like to volunteer with an organisation that helps marine life in the Gulf waters…
Well, you’re in luck. The Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) are the people you need to know about. They rehabilitate rescued turtles, plant mangroves in their most natural habitats, and carry out several beach cleaning activities, too.
Sounds rewarding. Tell me more about the organisation.
EMEG is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1996 under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the leadership of Major Ali Saqar Sultan Al Suweidi. It’s UAE’s first environmental group that focuses on marine issues.
I hear they released some rescued and rehabilitated turtles recently. What happened?
EMEG has been working with Dubai’s turtle rehab centre in the Burj Al Arab to rescue juvenile turtles washed ashore, for years. This season in particular has been a busy one for the rescue centre, as 86 hawksbills hatched and EMEG released more than 200 rehabilitated turtles back into the Arabian Gulf. It’s adorable.
Can I visit the reserve centre to watch the action live?
Yes. The reserve is in Ghantoot. It’s a beautiful, spotless, unspoilt stretch of pristine sand with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The reserve’s owner, Major Al Suweidi, will let you visit for the day, and he will happily sign you up to get involved in conservation activity days.