Mohammed bin Rashid plants first salt-tolerant red mangrove on Sir Bani Yas Island

2013-12-08 20:59:45
WAM Abu Dhabi, 8th Dec. 2013 (WAM) — Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today planted the first red mangrove tree on the Sir Bani Yas island. A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, the island is one of Abu Dhabi’s largest islands on the Arabian Gulf.
Sheikh Mohammed planted the evergreen tree, which lives in saline, wet habitats, during his visit to the island to chair a two-day cabinet retreat to discuss suggestions for developing education and health sectors. He praised the idea of relocation of the tree on the island, considering the diverse species of flora on the Sir Bani Yas island as an enduring national legacy and treasure left by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and our role is to conserve and develop them for the benefit of future generations.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E.
Minister of Finance, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, and a number of ministers and senior officials.
As one of the largest natural islands in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, thanks to decades of intensive conservation work and ecological investment, is today home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants, breeding programmes for endangered species and numerous exciting tourism activities.
The island has a wide variety of resilient, desert tolerant plants that are able to withstand the harsh, arid environment like Sider, Ghaf (Prosopis cineraria), Gum Arabic, Frankincense and Toothbrush Tree.
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