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UAE dumping yard turns into nature reserve


A 4.5 square kilometre area used for dumping trash until a few years ago has now blossomed into a flourishing nature reserve, with birds flocking from around the world, it was announced on Monday.

Wasit Nature Reserve (WNR), located on the Sharjah-Ajman border, was declared a protected area in 2007 by Emiri Decree No (7) of 2007, issued by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

On Monday, Shaikh Sultan inaugurated the Wasit Wetland Centre (WWC), a 1.5 square kilometre centre, equipped with air-conditioned glass-sealed corridors, which allows visitors to have a closer look at rare birds and other wetland species.

The nature reserve houses four natural lagoons attracting around 150 species of birds, both migratory and resident, throughout the year.

The reserve boasts a diverse ecosystem, which comprises coastal sand dunes, salt flats (sabkhas), and linking ponds, apart from a large lagoon.

The water bodies are supported by underground water channels flowing out of Hatta Mountain and Al Falaj areas.

Original article by Shafaat Shahbandari

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