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Your Environment In United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) is proud of its beautiful natural environment. U.A.E leaders have implemented a number of preservation and improvement efforts that have been commended internationally.

The nation's environmental conservation is rooted in its Bedouin tradition of man living in balance with wildlife. Every effort is made to let nature flourish where it can and to develop green areas in locations that would otherwise remain barren.

As the population increases, development needs and commercial growth unavoidably impact U.A.E's marine and terrestrial natural environment. The U.A.E has adopted a focused approach to environmental protection and wildlife management to help ensure that the use of its resources is both sustainable and equitable.

Environmental Recognition

Regarded internationally as an environmental visionary, UAE President, H H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was presented the World Wide Fund for Nature's prestigious Gold Panda Award in 1997. The UAE also grants environmental awards including:

The Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment is presented for exemplary initiatives that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life in cities and communities around the world, as defined by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.


The Zayed International Prize for the Environment is the world's largest environmental prize. It recognizes and encourages environmental achievements that have substantial impact on policies and actions of development in line with the vision and development philosophy of Sheikh Zayed, president of the United Arab Emirates
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Marine Conservation

Protection of the marine environment is one of the greatest challenges facing the UAE and one of the government's top environmental priorities. Endangered species such as dugong (a sea mammal) and turtles are fully protected by law. Planting and restoration of mangrove stands that serve as spawning grounds and nursery areas for young fish and shellfish is part of an overall plan to improve fisheries. Artificial reefs have also been created, leading to local increases of 35 percent to 40 percent in populations of some varieties of fish.



Weather in U.A.E

The region has traditionally been known for high temperatures, heavy humidity and sporadic rainfall. Sunshine is abundant, averaging eleven hours a day in the summer and eight hours in the winter.

 

Temperatures in U.A.E

The most uncomfortable months are those from June to September where the heat often ranges between 35°C/95°F to 42°C/108°F. Night time temperatures drop to roughly half the midday readings, i.e. 20°C/68°F to 28°C/82°F. The winter months provide a more temperate climate with midday temperatures ranging from 25°C/77°F to 35°C/95°F and falling as low as 9°C/48°F at night.

 

Wind in U.A.E

For the Bedouins, each wind had its own characteristics and was known by a different name. The main period of storms was called Al-Barih al-owd and the minor storm period Al-Barih al-sagheer. The first major shamal, or wind, occurs around May 25th and is known as the Al- Haffar, the driller, since it drills huge depressions in the desert dunes. The second shamal arrives in early June and coincides with the dawn star Thorayyam (known in the West as Pleiades) and is therefore named Barih Thorayya.

Geology in U.A.E

The sea's rising and falling was influenced by major world climatic changes, and thus deposited its sediments for at least 500 million years. Layers of rocks formed as a result of these changes, in some places several kilometers thick, and deep under the sea in airtight pockets of the seabed. The processes of decomposition in these locations have created the Arabian Peninsula's vast oil and gas reserves.