New pictures and videos have been released of the incredible mangrove forest being created in Dubai.
The huge area in Jebel Ali spans 500,000 square metres – or the same size as 70 football pitches to put it into perspective. And when it’s finished, it will be home to one million mangroves and over 600 types of flora and fauna.
The mangrove forest was launched in April in Dubai. And while it’s not open to the public yet, there are plans underway for the public to help plant mangroves there.
The area is also a breeding ground for endangered species including hawksbill and green turtles.
It’s already a thriving ecosystem home to over 300 animal species including the mottled eagle ray, green turtle, Arabian gazelle, foxes, lizards and a variety of water birds.
And the sanctuary has been added to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
Mangroves are hugely important for the UAE’s ecosystem. They help protect the coastline from erosion and make a great home for animals. They’re also brilliant at absorbing carbon dioxide and helping control greenhouse gases.