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Burj Al Arab turtles exhibited at Dubai Mall Aquarium


Burj Al Arab turtles exhibited at Dubai Mall Aquarium

Dubai, 24 March 2015: The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) is exhibiting five juvenile hawksbill turtles at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall, to highlight the threat faced by this critically endangered species.

The DTRP has teamed up with the aquarium, one of the world’s largest and most diverse, to showcase the turtles until 30 April, prior to their return to the Arabian Gulf.

Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s Aquarium Operations Manager, said: “The exhibit, which highlights DTRP’s rehabilitation efforts, is designed to educate the many visitors to Dubai Mall on the plight of these turtles. After a 90-day rehabilitation period, the turtles will be returned to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah aquarium and Madinat Jumeirah turtle lagoon, where they will be fitted with a discrete satellite tracker and then released back into the Arabian Gulf. Their movements will be monitored and can be followed on Facebook.”

All sea turtles displayed were rescued by the DTRP based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah. The project is run in conjunction with the Wildlife Protection Office and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region. Essential veterinary services are provided by Dubai Falcon Clinic and Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. 

The aim of the exhibition is to educate visitors about turtles, their habitats and global conservation efforts in the fight against extinction. The DTRP rescues and rehabilitates an average of 125 sea turtles each year. The day-to-day running of the DTRP and the animal husbandry is managed by Burj Al Arab’s dedicated aquarium team. 

More than 780 sea turtles have been successfully returned to the sea over the past ten years since the project’s inception. The turtles have all been rescued from the shores of the UAE and nursed back to health by the DTRP one of the longest standing corporate social responsibility initiatives in the region and the only project of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region.

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Notes to Editor:

  • The exhibition can be viewed from 10 February - 31 April 2015 from 10am - 10pm (weekdays); 10am to 11pm (weekends)
  • To track turtles released under the DTRP click here
  • Facebook link to the project click here
  • Information about Jumeirah CSR click here
  • Information about the DTRP click here 
  • Photos of the turtles click here
  • To watch the turtles being tagged click here 
  • Video footage of a release click here

About DTRP

The project impacts the national, regional and international sea turtle populations by increasing the number of animals in the environment that would have otherwise perished. Only one out of 1000 sea turtle hatchlings will reach sexual maturity. By saving these animals and releasing them back into the wild we are increasing the chances of the number of turtles that could possibly reaching breeding age. The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Bodrum, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VENU; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE.

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