To encourage awareness and sensitivity to the concerns with this endangered species, the project permits the rehabilitation enclosures to be open to public at all time at the Mina A’Salam hotel. There are scheduled turtle talks and feeding sessions every Wednesday at 11:00.
The Madinat Jumeirah turtle rehabilitation unit is run by the Wildlife Protection Office based in Dubai and in conjunction with the National Marine Aquarium based in Plymouth, UK. The unit is monitored and looked after on a day to day basis by the staff of the Burj Al Arab Aquarium team.
The enclosure offers the final stage in their rehabilitation process, to allow a final period of feeding and monitoring before release back into UAE territorial waters. After the turtles are released, the satellite tag the turtles assess the progress and viability of the rehabilitation. It provides important scientific data on native turtles and their movements.
The Turtle is a flagship species for the safety of the marine surroundings and is protected throughout the world. There are seven species of marine turtles found worldwide and are registered as exposed to extinction, endangered or critically endangered.
The Hawksbill turtle is a native to the Middle East; it is registered as critically endangered with only an probable 8,000 nesting females left globally. With the help of human intervention, the Hawksbill turtle can be saved from extinction. On a worldwide scale the highest danger to marine turtles are all caused by man.
All of the turtles found in the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project were rescued at one stage very sick or injured. Turtles are transported to Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office or to the Aquarium team at Burj Al Arab by supporters and the team at the Al Wasl Veterinary Clinic.
Lovers of sea creatures must visit Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah Hotel and also the exciting aquarium at Burj Al Arab, the resort complex has a Turtle Rehabilitation Unit.
The Madinat Jumeirah is a resort with three luxurious independent hotels including Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Dar Al Masyaf.
The aquarium is at the Burj Al Arab and consists of three large exhibits. Two of the exhibits are in the hotel’s lobby. The main exhibit is located in Al Mahara Restaurant ( exclusively for the diners). Though the turtles aren’t visible at the restaurant, but guests can enjoy viewing all sorts of other kinds of sea life at this aquarium. Guests can book a private aquarium experience at one of the two private dining areas at the restaurant.
Photo courtesy: www.jumeirah.com/turtles
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