Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is one of the first natural reserves to be established in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
In 1998, it was officially declared as a protected area by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as it proved to be the ideal habitat for migratory birds and a significant breeding site for the Greater Flamingos. Al Wathba Wetland Reserve have reopened to public from 01st January 2021 until Friday 30 April, 2021, according to The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).
The reserve was closed in mid-March as a precautionary measure in line with Covid-19 restrictions. With free entry, the reserve will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week, from 8 am until 6 pm, with the latest entry time at 4 pm. The reserve is home to more than 260 migratory bird species, including its star attraction the Greater Flamingo, as well as some 230 species of invertebrates, 11 mammals, 10 reptiles, and 35 plant species.
Since its opening to the public in October 2014, Al Wathba has attracted more than 20,000 visitors. Many are bird watchers, photography enthusiasts, and those seeking to learn about the important species found in the reserve.
Visitors can expect to encounter fascinating species including the Cuckoo Wasp, Black Fat-tailed Scorpion, Greater Spotted Eagle, Red Fox, Egyptian Spiny-tailed Lizard, Desert Monitor Lizard, Cape Desert Hare, and Purple-blushed Darter.
Visitors will need to adhere to measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as wearing face coverings, keep to safe distances, and follow guidance issued inside the reserve. Visitors must also show a negative Covid-19 PCR test for a period not exceeding one month, with the exception of children under 12 years old.
Wildlife lovers will once again be able to head to the wetlands to discover Abu Dhabi’s birds, reptiles and plant life, all for free!
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