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Madinat Jumeirah turtles check in for a summer vacay at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


Madinat Jumeirah turtles check in for a summer vacay at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai, 20 August 2017: Step inside the kaleidoscopic world at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo this summer and you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of 10 extra special guests! 

Alongside the 30,000 permanent residents (which includes sand tiger sharks, stingrays and huge shoals of fish) you can now find 10 sea turtles from the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) located at Madinat Jumeirah. The temporary visitors can be seen gliding through the aquarium’s waters and getting to know their new friends for the whole of August and September.

The turtles normally reside in the luxurious surroundings of the Jumeirah Al Naseem turtle lagoon, but checked out at the start of August in search of cooler climes and a little shopping. They are now settling in to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – part of Emaar Entertainment, the leisure and entertainment subsidiary of Emaar Properties – which is located in the world’s largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall.

The collaboration was made possible thanks to the partnership between DTRP and the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

The DTRP based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Jumeirah Al Naseem , transferred the 10 sea turtles that are in the final stages of their three month rehabilitation. The animals were all rescued earlier in the year from the shores of the Arabian Gulf with a range of injuries, the most common types include carapace (shell) damage from boat strikes and limb loss from fishing lines and net entanglement.

Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s Aquarium Operations Manager, said: “The exhibit at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which highlights DTRP’s rehabilitation efforts is designed to educate the many visitors to Dubai Aquarium, located within The Dubai Mall, on the plight of these turtles. After a three month rehabilitation period, the turtles will be returned to our aquarium, fitted with a satellite tag and then released back into the Arabian Gulf.”

As part of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness and supporting ongoing wildlife and environmental protection, the joint initiative aims at educating visitors about turtles, their habitats and global conservation efforts in the fight against extinction – as well as inform the public on steps they can take to help ensure the longevity of turtles, and how we can reduce human impact on marine life on a global scale.

Paul Hamilton, Curator and General Manager, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo said: “Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo team members are ambassadors for the turtles on display and will spend the summer months interacting with visitors to help them understand more about these endangered animals and what brought them to the facility. We’re truly invested in aiding the rehabilitation of the turtles, in order for them to be able to return to the wild, and humbled that Dubai Aquarium is playing a vital part in the final stages of their recovery and spreading the message of their conservation and protection.”

From the 1 October they will return to the lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem before being returned into the Arabian Gulf in November.  These turtles will be fitted with satellite tracking technology so that their movements in the wild can be tracked.

The three main species that the turtle project receives throughout the year are the Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead turtles. For the past three years, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall has supported the DTRP and earlier this year hosted five of the turtles as part of their rehabilitation process.

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

More than 1,300 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.

So next time you visit The Dubai Mall don’t forget there’s much more to simply filling shopping bags - the turtles can be seen exploring their temporary home at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo throughout the whole summer, so there’s plenty of time to pay them a visit!

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Notes to Editor:

  • 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 

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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About Emaar Entertainment:
Emaar Entertainment is a leading operator of exceptional experiences that bring delight, enrich lives and ‘inspire joy’ for all. Defined by pioneering attractions that are unique, and transcend just entertainment or leisure, Emaar Entertainment focuses on delivering top quality entertainment, led by un-matched industry expertise. Emaar Entertainment today manages a world-class portfolio of attractions that delight millions of customers. Driving the entertainment and leisure operations at all mall developments under Emaar Malls (DFM: EMAARMALLS), Emaar Entertainment is credited with developing and managing some of Dubai’s most-visited leisure attractions. In The Dubai Mall, Emaar Entertainment showcases the immensely popular KidZania®, Dubai Ice Rink and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Emaar Entertainment also developed and manages the 22-screen Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall; and the first ‘Premier’ Reel Cinemas Cineplex at Dubai Marina Mall.

For more information on Emaar Entertainment, please contact:
Nivine William | Melinda Mesiano
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+9714 4507 600 |


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