Dubai just planted hundreds of trees to create new mangrove forests

The shrubs will create a habitat that's vital for the survival of many species

Dubai just planted hundreds of trees to create new mangrove forests

Dubai has some fantastic parks and green spaces, so we're always excited to hear about new efforts to nurture the ecosystem.

And now volunteers have planted hundreds of new mangrove saplings at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in a bid to create new mangroves.

The small trees can flourish in water, creating a habitat that's vital for the survival of many insects and animals as well as plant life.

According to National Geographic, birds roost in mangrove canopies and provide nurseries for dish as well as a food source for other species including marine life.

They are highly effective at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to protect against global warming.

Their intricately tangled roots and green leaves also create beautiful areas of forest, so we're glad to see more of them being planted here in Dubai.

Indeed, a study last year found that the UAE has the largest mangroves of anywhere in the Arabian Gulf.

Dubai Municipality held the event to mark World Wetlands Day, with plans to plant more new trees in Jebel Ali later this week.

One of the volunteers, Abuthahir Ali of Al Najma Al Fareeda Group, said: "We have brought in over 300 students and parents to plant these saplings with the aim of doing our bit to keep the city green and make the environment safe for our children and future generations."

If you've not been to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary yet, it's well worth a visit.

The area is home to wetlands featuring salt flats, mangroves and lagoons. Flamingos are the real stars, although more than 60 species of bird and 500 species of flora and fauna can be spotted here.

To get your wildlife fix and a moment of peace outdoors, it really can’t be beaten – especially with all those new mangroves.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 9am-4pm. Ras Al Khor Road (04 426 6822).

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