One of the best ways to experience nature in all its glory in Abu Dhabi is to visit the Mangrove National Park. Filled with a variety of flora and fauna, the park teems with wildlife and is also a popular tourist attraction for families and adventurers. What do visitors have to look forward to at the Mangrove National Park? How can you make the most of your trip? Let’s find out.
Mangrove National Park, Abu Dhabi
Of all natural wonders in the world, the mangrove is among the most fascinating. For one, it serves as a natural barrier against tidal surges. Secondly, mangroves also purify the surrounding waters, protect the shoreline against erosion and provide a healthy eco-system for the animals and marine creatures that call it home.
In addition to improving biodiversity, mangroves are also effective in scrubbing harmful toxins from the air we breathe and as windbreakers against hurricanes. The Mangrove National Park in Abu Dhabi is no different.
Where is the Mangrove National Park located?
The Mangrove National Park is located near the Anantara Eastern Mangroves hotel. Located near Abu Dhabi’s coastal area, the Abu Dhabi Mangrove National Park covers over 19 sq.km of protected coastal mangrove forests. The park is under the protection of the EAD (Environment Agency Abu Dhabi) and comprises of a whopping 75% of the total mangrove forested area in the United Arab Emirates.
Haven for nature lovers
The Mangrove National Park is a hub for tourists who prefer activities that bring them closer to nature. Home to around 60 species of birds, the national park is also a thriving habitat for turtles, marine mammals, and a myriad of shellfish, fish and crabs.
Some of the many animal species to look out for are the Western reef heron, greater flamingo, and the mottled crab. Among these, the western reef heron and greater flamingo can easily be spotted during the breeding season.
Mangrove National Park activities
The best way to experience the mangroves is to take advantage of the many tour operators nearby. The lush concentration of mangrove trees and the water surrounding is a hotspot for bird watchers, kayakers, paddle-boarders and other visitors looking for a bit of adventure. In fact, the Mangrove National Park also made our list for best places to kayak in Abu Dhabi. Lucky visitors may even spot the elusive dugong or a dolphin in the waters.
Keep in mind; the EAD only accepts visitors who book tours through accredited tour operators. This is all in a bid to protect the mangrove’s sensitive habitat.
Examples of operators that are allowed to offer tours in the area include Seahawk Water Sports, Noukhada, Al Mahara Diving and Belevari. The Al Mahara Diving centre, for example, is offering kayaking tours along the eastern mangroves for AED 160 for adults with the price slashed for kids at AED 105.
For more information on Mangrove Park Abu Dhabi kayaking trips, contact accredited tour operators.
That’s all for our review of the Mangrove National Park in Abu Dhabi. Looking for other options for your mangrove adventure? Our guide for booking kayaking tours in the Eastern Mangrove will help you make the most of your visit here. Of course, if you prefer to experience the great outdoors on dry ground, you can always visit public parks in Abu Dhabi.
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