Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 7 December 2019

A beautiful mangrove boardwalk is opening soon near Abu Dhabi's Yas Island

The Mangrove Walk project will include kayaking facilities and a boardwalk, and will open in January 2020

The Mangrove boardwalk is close to Yas Island. Wam
The Mangrove boardwalk is close to Yas Island. Wam

A mangrove boardwalk is being built on Jubai Island, which is in between Yas and Saadiyat islands in Abu Dhabi. This will give residents and visitors the chance to walk through the beautiful natural habitat.

The long boardwalk is the main feature of the Mangrove Walk project being developed by Modon Properties.

The whole area is scheduled to open in January 2020, and once complete, will feature kayaking, the boardwalk with educational elements, a play area for children, viewing terraces and a visitor's centre.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness about the environmental significance of mangrove trees.

Abdulla Al Sahi, CEO of Modon, said that the area "aims to enhance Abu Dhabi's profile in ecotourism. The project, covering more than one million square metres filled with maritime mangroves trees, will be used for tourism, creative and educational purposes for both residents and tourists."

A map of the upcoming project. WAM 
A map of the upcoming mangrove walk project. Wam

Mangroves are estimated to cover around 150 square kilometres of the UAE's coastline, and act as a 'green lung' for the cities. The woody plants inhabit the intertidal zones of tropical and subtropical coasts all around the world.

The dominant species in the Arabian Gulf region is the grey mangrove (Avicennia marina). The UAE's mangroves support six different types of crabs, 49 mollusc species and many migratory birds.

Mangroves also have the ability to sequester carbon, and so can reduce harmful greenhouse gases – a major culprit in climate change. Read more about the importance of the UAE's mangroves here.

Satellite mapping found that 80 per cent of the emirate’s mangroves are healthy, while 15 per cent are in moderate condition and 5 per cent are in deteriorating health. Ramon Peñas / The National
Satellite mapping found that 80 per cent of the emirate’s mangroves are healthy, while 15 per cent are in moderate condition and 5 per cent are in deteriorating health. Ramon Peñas / The National

Updated: November 14, 2019 10:40 AM

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