Ecotourism – Round the Abu Dhabi Creek with a paddle

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x-ventures charges AED150 ($40) for a kayaking trip round the Abu Dhabi mangroves. Photo -

While the UAE may not be known for a rich ecosystem, ecotourism is a growing industry in the country. The mangroves near Abu Dhabi are becoming an increasingly popular ecotourism destination in the country.

While many people may think that the UAE is only home to humans, camels and pigeons, mangroves are a natural habitat for several types of fish, seabirds, turtles and even foxes. Aside from being home to wildlife, mangroves help protect the environment. They also help prevent coastline erosion and reduce carbon emissions.

Emirati tour companies are offering guided tours, under the supervision of experts, to eco-friendly tourists and fitness enthusiasts, and giving them the opportunity to explore the mangroves by kayaking.

Umm Al Quwain’s archipelagos also make an exciting environmentally friendly tour. Witness low-lying islands separated by channels and creeks. Home to wildlife such as flamingos, storks and sharks; the islands are a stark contrast from bustling city life.

Not all forms of ecotourism are as quiet and tranquil.

For those looking for a way to get their adrenaline pumping, there are also organisations in the UAE that rent blokarts for use on the beach or mountains. A blokart is a 3-wheeled engine-less kart with a sail, which provides traction, and helps you make use of your own energy to reach speeds of up to 70km/h. The karts don’t require fuel and make no noise, making them perfect for green tourism.

Whether you are looking to discover nature, get exercise or just have fun; the UAE has an ecotourism option for you.

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