Established by Dubai Wildlife Protection Office the Turtle Rehabilitation Sanctuary takes care of injured turtles and nurtures them back to health in the sea-fed lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem. The team releases them back into the wild. Based at Jumeirah Al Naseem, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project is looking to care for, protect, and rehabilitate sick or injured turtles, while also raising awareness of the threats faced by these marine animals.
Nestled right in the middle of a plethora of eateries such as Il Borro, Flamingo Rooms by tashas and Black Tap, one can find a little man-made habitat full of turtles. Since 2004, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project has released over 1,600 rehabilitated turtles back into their natural habitat. The place runs in collaboration with the Emirates Wildlife Protection Office and is also the only project like it in the entire region. With a total of 562 turtles have been rescued and released back into the water since the project began in 2004. A few have been fitted with satellite tags, allowing the team at the project to trace their former patients and learn more about these endangered creatures. Those interested to see these amazing creatures yourself, visit the sanctuary at Turtle Lagoon, accessible via Jumeirah Al Naseem. The The Turtle Rehabilitation Sanctuary enclosure is open to the public everyday, with no entry fees or bookings required. Don’t miss out on the feedings held every Wednesday at 11:00 on Turtle Island – anyone is welcome to join.
The current public interface for the DTRP is outdoor turtle rehabilitation enclosure located within the JUMEIRAH AL NASEEM hotel. The enclosure is open to the public every day of the week; there is no need to book, and there is no charge. They have a small scheduled feeding starting at 23:00 every Wednesday. Feeding takes about 20 minutes. Feeding priority is given to children, and the opportunity to feed is not guaranteed (during school holidays).
They have metred parking outside on beach road, free parking for two hours in the Madinat Souq car park (approximately a 10-minute walk away) or you can valet park, but please note there will be a charge of AED150 for valet parking unless one uses any one of the food and beverage outlets. The staff encourages people to utilise the Madinat Souq car park.
Please remember when visiting that all the turtles are in the enclosure because they are sick or injured. Please also note that there is no access to the beach while visiting the turtles.
Free. Open daily 24/7.
Photo courtesy: www.jumeirah.com/turtles
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