What we're about

Welcome! This group is an opportunity for members to take part in lively and interesting discussions on topics relating to the environment, flora, fauna and the like.

One of the organizers is a volunteer with the Emirates Natural History Group (www.enhg.org (http://www.enhg.org/)), a non-profit organization for individuals with an interest in the natural history of the United Arab Emirates and Oman. From time to time, they will share information on upcoming free lectures/talks and events organized by the group.

Activities such as beach clean-ups, coral-mapping surveys, dolphin surveys, field trips, nature-related travel, etc will be shared with the group to allow members to take part.

This Meetup group heartily welcomes suggestions on topics and events which may be of interest to our members so please feel free to get in touch with the organizers.

We look forward to exciting times ahead!

Upcoming events (3)

FREE: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: A success story for sustainable tourism

FREE ENHG Lecture: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: A success story for sustainable tourism and habitat rehabilitation Refreshments from 7pm, Talk begins at 7:30pm ABOUT THE TALK: The lecture will present the history of establishing DDCR as a premium sustainable tourist destination while at the same time conserving a representation of the Dubai’s Inland Desert original landscapes and indigenous fauna and flora, through careful and effective management that promotes natural processes for optimum conservation outcomes leading to rewilding of the desert habitat. The reserve has succeeded in providing an authentic desert experience for people which demonstrates the beauty and marvel of the natural environment and educates on the intricacies of nature and the living heritage of Dubai. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Tamer Khafaga is a senior ecologist with more than 21 years of experience in ecology, habitat management and restoration as well as sustainable development. His MSc from (Reading University – UK) focused on taxonomy and biodiversity with a thesis entitled "Impact of grazing on floral diversity in high altitude mountains in St. Katherine Protectorate, South Sinai - Egypt". Tamer’s work in the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency as an Environmental researcher in the St. Katherine Protectorate (May 1998 till August 2006) complemented his interest and skills in the understanding of biodiversity conservation, habitats restoration and protected area management. Currently, Tamer is a conservation research manager who focuses on conservation and protected area research planning at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Tamer is in the process of completing his PhD (Faculty of Science, Malaga University – Spain) with his research focusing on plant functional diversity responses to grazing in an Arabian hyper-arid protected inland desert ecosystem. Tamer is also the Regional Chair for West Asia commission of Ecosystem Management; one of six commissions under the umbrella of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Talk is free and open to all, please register your attendance on: https://enhgauh.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/27069-enhg-lecture-nov-5th-dubai-desert-conservation-reserve-a-success-story-for-sustainable-tourism-and-habitat-rehabilitation This talk is generously hosted by Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

Exploring a Wadi: Sunset and Sunrise Trek - Family Weekend Activity

The Abu Dhabi chapter of the Emirates Natural History Group (ENHG) are excited to offer you and your family a fabulous opportunity to come and learn whilst exploring a typical Wadi of the region. Come and find "Wadi it's all About"! This trip will include an overnight stay in a beautiful and remote hostel with close access to several wadis and experienced guides who will teach you and your families about the flora, fauna, geology and ecosystem of the area. Cost: 550 aed per adult/ 300 aed per child (age 5 to 12) and free for children under 5 sharing existing beds. All prices inc VAT. For more details about the weekend trip, what it includes, what to bring, meeting point, etc and to BOOK YOUR SPOT, please visit this link:- https://enhgauh.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/24624-exploring-a-wadi-sunset-and-sunrise-trek-family-weekend-activity-8th-9th-november-2019 ************************ NOTE: If you’re not an ENHG member, you may still join the trip but you’ll need to pay the annual fee prior to joining the trip. Membership costs AED 100 per year for individuals or AED 150 per year for families and includes eligibility for field trips and receipt of the bi-annual publication, Tribulus which is the only peer-reviewed English language scientific journal of its kind in the UAE. HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER? * print out and complete the membership form * bring completed form and membership fee to any of our events * hand to Membership Secretary (or any committee member) * be sure to receive back completed tear-off receipt Membership Form:- https://s3.tidyhq.com/orgs/bd3097ee3944/storage/18237f1b8188fbe6379c249c27ce2b1e7db6aaf0/original/ENHG-MEMBERSHIP-FORM-2019.pdf?1567531971 For more details about ENHG, please visit:- https://enhgauh.tidyhq.com/ ************************

Explore LAOS in Southeast Asia during UAE National Day break!

Dubai International Airport

DATES: November 29th-December 6th, 2019 (8 days, 7 nights) Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Its thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, the highest of which is Phou Bia at 2,818 metres (9,245 ft), with some plains and plateaus. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand, where the mountains of the Annamite Range form most of the eastern border with Vietnam and the Luang Prabang Range the northwestern border with the Thai highlands. Northern Laos is a mountainous region of Laos. It shares borders with Thailand, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. In the north, the country is bounded by a mountainous 423-kilometre border with China and shares the 235-kilometre-long Mekong River border with Myanmar. ***************** PRICE is AED 2,800/- per person twin sharing, land package (excludes flights) TOUR PRICE PER PERSON INCLUDES: All land transport by air-con vehicle Experienced English speaking guide Entry fees to sights Mineral drinking water Nam Nern Night Safari Package Day 5&6 (Wildlife watching) Private Boat trip from Ou Cave-Luang Prabang Accommodation based on Twin sharing room incl. daily breakfast Government Tax PRICE EXCLUDES:- International flights, visas, meals not mentioned in program, personal expenses, travel insurance, and tips. For more information and SIGN-UP, contact Binish Roobas at [masked] AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because the group size will be a maximum 10-12 pax. A deposit of AED 1,500/- will be required for sign-up and to confirm your place on the trip. NOTE: If you’re not a Dubai Natural History Group (DNHG) member, you may still join the trip but you’ll need to pay the annual fee prior to joining the trip. Membership starts from Sept each year and costs AED 50 per year for individuals or AED 100 per year for families. ********** Day 1 (29th Nov, Friday) - Arrival in Luang Prabang – City Tour Arrive in Luang Prabang. Meet our guide & driver, then transfer to our hotel. After lunch or Afternoon, Visit National museum, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; visit Wat Xieng Thong, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang. Accomm: 2* star Hotel/Superior room Day 2 (30th Nov, Saturday): Luang Pranbang- Phonsavanh (Breakfast) Around 0800am, Meet your guide and we are driving about 7hours to Phonsavanh, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, Visit Mulberry Organic Farm to see local silk production. Visit MAG Office, where displayed about bombing film during the Indochina War. Overnight in Phonsavanh. Accomm: 2* star Hotel/Standard room Day 3 (1st Dec, Sunday): Phonsavanh- Plain of Jars-Muang Khoun (Breakfast) Around 0830am, Meet your guide and Visit Phonsavah market to see local lives before we drive out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site 1 where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau, also visit site 2 & site 3, both similar to site 1 but smaller than site 1. Afternoon, We continue visit the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Some stupa, former French building, temples bombed by US Army during the Indochina war still be seen there. Overnight in Phonsavanh. Accom: 2* Star Hotel/Standard room (SEE COMMENTS SECTION FOR CONTINUATION OF ITINERARY AND DETAILS)

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