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Published on : Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, celebrated the UAE’s 44th National Day with the release of 44 sea turtles into the Arabian Gulf at Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach by Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Jumeirah Group’s UAE National colleagues, Emirati students from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, children from Senses, in-house guests, social media influencers, local media, representatives from Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the Irish Business Network and the Wildlife Protection Office came to watch the turtles making their way back to their natural environment.
The 44 juvenile hawksbills were rescued from the shores of the UAE and nursed back to health by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP), one of the longest standing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the region and the only project of its kind in the Middle East. The DTRP is at the forefront of sea turtle rehabilitation protocols and veterinary procedures. This latest release takes the total number of turtles rescued to 844 since the project began in 2004.
Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab’s Aquarium Operations Manager, said: “We are very proud to celebrate National Day by releasing 44 rehabilitated sea turtles back into their environment. We would like to thank the local community, the Tourism Development and Investment Company and the Emirates Marine Environmental Group who brought many of the injured turtles to us so we were able to rehabilitate them.”
The project accepts any distressed turtle, but the most common turtles found in the Arabian Gulf are the critically endangered hawksbill and the endangered green sea turtle. The majority of rescued turtles are juvenile hawksbills, which are found washed up on the Gulf coastline during the cooler months suffering from the adverse effects of cold sea temperatures. Other common ailments include ingesting plastic rubbish and injuries sustained from boats.
Based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah, the DTRP is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. The day-to-day running of the project and the animal husbandry is managed by Burj Al Arab’s dedicated aquarium team.