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Al Wathba Wetland Reserve Visit

Hosted by the Consul of the Abu Dhabi Weekends Group
Sports & Leisure
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 24 Mar 08:00 - 12:00

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The unique Al Wathba Wetland Reserve covers five square kilometers that is made up of wetlands, sabkhas (sand flats), fossilized sands and dunes. Despite its relatively small size, the reserve simply teems with life. More than Protected content of birds have been spotted, along with an abundance of aquatic life, as well as 37 plant species. Al Wathba also features a rich variety of dragon flies and damsel flies.

But its greatest and most spectacular attraction is, of course, its flamingo population. When these migratory birds fly in to spend autumn until spring here, as many as 4,000 can be counted. Even when the majority return to Central Asia for the summer months, they still leave behind a resident population which can be seen all year round.

Recent on-site construction has made Al Wathba more visitor-friendly including a bird hide that provides easy, close-up viewing. There are also two clearly marked walking trails, of one and a half and three kilometres respectively, which give great views of the flamingo colonies.

Al Wathba is out of town, so we will gather at Protected content at 08:00. We can share the transport, and then everyone will chip in for the fuel.

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