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A Mangrove Sanctuary

By Linda Tancs

A mangrove is a tidal swamp ecosystem found in tropical deltas, estuaries, lagoons or islands. Mangroves protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves and floods and also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they provide sanctuary for bird and aquatic species. A new attraction in Abu Dhabi is Jubail Mangrove Park in Al Jubail Island. A short drive from the airport, it’s a sanctuary for bird and marine life native to the area. Its highlight is the boardwalk, comprising three routes totaling nearly 3 miles. The routes are posted with educational material and include a viewing tower, a floating platform with a net to view marine life, a beach tower for some toe-dipping (swimming is prohibited) and an area dedicated to the mangrove roots. High tide is the best time to visit.

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please keep those affected by the virus in your thoughts and be sure to follow the safety practices advocated by the Centers for Disease Control. Stay safe, and be well.

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