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Jumeirah releases rehabilitated sea turtles back into the Arabian Gulf

Jumeirah releases rehabilitated sea turtles back into the Arabian Gulf

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project will release six turtles back into the ocean in celebration of the UAE 40th National Day

Dubai, November 21 2011 – On 25th November 2011, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) will return six green sea turtles back into their natural habitat following several months of rehabilitation at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah.

The private release, which will take place at noon on Madinat Jumeirah’s Beach in front of an audience of guests, competition winners and 40 children from the Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Care, forms part of Jumeirah’s programme of UAE 40th National Day celebrations 

The largest of the turtles, weighing 40kgs, will be fitted with a satellite tag which will monitor the movement of the turtle for up to two years. Members of the public will be able to follow the turtle’s journey online from a public forum which will be made available following the release.

The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and runs in conjunction with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. It has been in existence since 2004 and has so far released over 400 rescued sea turtles back into Dubai’s waters. This year alone, over 350 sick or injured sea turtles have been treated by the DTRP’s team of marine biologists after washing up on the region’s beaches.

For more information about the project, visit www.jumeirah.com/turtles.

For updates, competitions and to follow the tagged turtle, visit www.facebook.com/turtle.rehabilitation

Notes to Editors
For more information, or to confirm media attendance, contact Katie King on Katie.king@jumeirah.com / 0505570260 by Wednesday 23rd November 2011.

About DTRP
Dubai’s only turtle rehabilitation project is a collaboration between Jumeirah’s Aquarium team and the Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. Since the project started in 2004, the project has rehabilitated over 400 turtles with over 350 rescued this year.

Click here to view a VIDEO CLIP from the June 2011 release where 101 turtles were released back into the ocean.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany, Jumeirah Essex House in New York; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

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For further information please contact:
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
Director of Public Relations and Communications
PO Box 214159 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971-4-406-8505
Fax: +971-4-301-6655
E-mail: PR@jumeirah.com
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