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Saadiyat Nature

Master Planning of the island has incorporated designs to reduce impacts to key island habitats, namely mangrove and wetland areas, as well as the Saadiyat Beach dune ecosystem. In addition, TDIC is implementing management and monitoring programmes to protect and enhance key environmental assets and identifying opportunities to create new habitats where possible.

Mangroves

Mangroves

Saadiyat has established an inter-tidal mangrove nursery which has produced over 700,000 seedlings. TDIC has worked with a range of industry experts to monitor and manage the mangrove habitat; ensuring maximum protection and enhancement through rehabilitation and replanting schemes. To date over 400,000 mangrove seedlings have been planted on Saadiyat and the success of the nursery has allowed a significant number of mangrove seedlings to be donated to other projects in Abu Dhabi

After a period of no activity at the nursery, it is now being revamped and will soon host thousands of mangrove seedlings again, which will contribute to the expansion of mangrove habitat throughout the Emirate.

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Dune ecosystem

Dune ecosystem

Protection and enhancement of the Saadiyat Beach dune ecosystem has been implemented to maintain increasingly rare coastal dune habitat for native flora and fauna. In particular, the protection measures and enhancement will allow nesting of endangered hawksbill turtles to continue on the island. These measures include:

Protection and enhancement of the Saadiyat Beach dune ecosystem has been implemented to maintain increasingly rare coastal dune habitat for native flora and fauna. In particular, the protection measures and enhancement will allow nesting of endangered hawksbill turtles to continue on the island.

These measures include:

  • TDIC has restricted resort development on the island's four kilometers of beach to within 60 meters of dune lines to protect the breeding grounds.
  • This buffer zone will provide a physical barrier between the proposed construction and operations and the nesting beach. During construction, access to the beach is prohibited, except for those monitoring the breeding activity of the turtles.
  • Design and construction guidelines have been issued to developers to ensure that aspects such as lighting and disturbance are mitigated for, and impacts to turtles minimised.
  • TDIC is also currently restoring areas of the dune ecosystem where beach dunes once existed and also in areas where the current dunes are degraded.
  • Operational management plans and guidance documents have been developed for all operators utilising Saadiyat Beach. Compliance with these requirements aims to minimise the impacts to turtles.

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Animal types

Animal types

Saadiyat is host to a number of species, both on land and in the water.

The coastal waters of Saadiyat Beach similarly feature a number of Abu Dhabi’s prominent species, including Indo-Pacific humpback and bottlenose dolphins, green turtles, stingrays and blacktip sharks. Hawksbill turtles come to Saadiyat Beach every spring to nest.

The coral reef offshore Saadiyat Beach is one of the healthiest in the region, according to NYU experts.

The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club hosts a large population of gazelles, who love to roam the roughs for food and shelter. The lakes at the golf club are teaming with water fowl, including Socotra cormorants, Western reef, striated and grey herons, greater flamingoes and lots of smaller birds including several species of gulls, terns, plovers, etc.

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Mangroves

The mangroves on Saadiyat represent a dynamic ecosystem consisting of mature mangroves of the species Avicennia marina, or Grey Mangrove, interspersed with halophytes on the higher grounds. The Grey Mangrove is the only species of mangrove that occurs in the UAE and the Gulf in general, as it is the only species that thrives in the extreme saline and hot conditions experienced here.

The mangroves support a wide range of fauna, including birds, insects as well as crabs, snails, bivalves and barnacles.

Mangrove nursery

Mangrove nursery

An intertidal mangrove nursery was established on Saadiyat in 2008. Over 750,000 mangrove seedlings were grown at the nursery, 400,000 of which were planted on Saadiyat. The remainder was donated to other projects in Abu Dhabi, including Eastern Mangroves

The planted mangroves were monitored for a period of two years, to ensure their survival. After this, the mangrove nursery was demobilized. However, after a period of inactivity, the mangrove nursery has been revamped in 2014 and is now used to grow up to 200,000 seedlings.

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