Closer to home, the UAE launched the Fujairah Cultured Coral Reef Gardens project in 2019. The five-year project involves the cultivation of 1.5 million coral reef colonies spanning 300,000 square meters. Conservationists from the Florida Keys in the United States will join marine biologists in the Emirates to establish the world’s largest artificial reef.
The UAE also supports the worldwide effort to save the Arabian oryx, a desert antelope that became extinct in the wild in the early 1970s. Thanks to groundbreaking work at the San Diego and Phoenix zoos, experts have reintroduced the animal into the Middle East, including the UAE, over the last 40 years. UAE founder Sheikh Zayed personally supported the project, breeding oryx himself and founding the Sir Bani Yas nature reserve in 1977.