Shehadeh, Hussein
July 2003
Middle East;Jul2003, Issue 336, p56
Almost 40 years ago the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed, embarked upon a environmental project many rejected as a waste of time and money. In his youth, during journeys into the desert, Sheikh Zayed became fascinated by the relationship between man and his environment, in particular how necessary it was to make sustainable use of available resources It was partly for this reason that he took the decision to develop the island of Sir Bani Yas as a nature reserve and agricultural research station. Sheikh Zayed has made it his personal mission to protect as much of Arabia's wildlife as possible at the nature reserve, as well as a variety of threatened species from Africa and Asia.


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