It was a great honour to be invited to present at the World Wetland Day event 2013 held and organised by Dubai Municipality on the 10th of February. Thank you to Mr. Mohammad AbdulRahman Hassan Abdulla, Head of the Marine Environment and Wildlife Section, that gave us this opportunity. The main theme this year was: “Wetlands take care of water”. In UAE the sea is the main source of important wetland areas like the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (RAKWS). The event was attended by over 70 participants including students from local secondary schools and attendees from the government, private, scientific, RAKWS stakeholders, international media company. The full report of the event is available at: http://www.ramsar.org/pdf/wwd/13/PDF_reports/WWD2013_UAE.pdf
Mr. Mohammad AbdulRahman Hassan Abdulla introduced the event stressing the importance of water and its relevance to wetland management. Other invited speakers were Mr Sultan Al Zaabi of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) that illustrated ways and means on how to sustainably manage our water and Ms. Shaikha Hassan Ali AlShehhi, Head of the Environment Protection Section, Planning Department of the Municipality of Ajman that presented the richness of the Al-Zawraa Protected Area in Ajman, another potential Ramsar Site of UAE.