Emirates Draw launches long-term coral reef restoration program


Dubai: To celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, Emirates Draw launched its flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program aimed at preserving and regenerating marine ecosystems on an ecologically significant and relevant scale in the UAE and on the surrounding coasts. The program’s work reflects the country’s leading role in efforts to preserve the region’s coral reefs and its commitment to sustainability, while improving coastal society, the economy, and securing future generations for a better future.

As the first community activity, the restoration program is part of a set of long-term programs led by Emirates Draw which commits its efforts exclusively to environmental protection, the fight against climate change and marine conservation in the course of the next few years.

The Coral Reef Restoration Program, with the support of twenty-five volunteer divers led by Emirati diver Saleh Aldhuhoori, has begun planting coral polyps off Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates. The 25 volunteer divers sank several steel frames on the seabed, where they attached the polyps with eco-friendly threads and marine epoxy. The steel structures were embedded in relatively shallow water of six to seven meters on the sandy bottom of Khorfakkan Beach.

Commenting on the programme, prominent Emirati diver, Aldhuhoori said: “As part of our celebration of the 50th National Day of the United Arab Emirates, we want to raise awareness of the importance of adopting best practices in sustainable coral reef management. . I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Emirates Draw for driving this program. »

Mohammad Alawadhi, Managing Partner of Emirates Draw, said: “Our oceans are under greater threat than ever from climate change and rising water temperatures have caused widespread bleaching of coral reefs across the world and in the United Arab Emirates. However, through ongoing environmental education campaigns, we are all aware of the importance of maintaining healthy marine habitats and the simple steps we can all take to contribute positively to marine conservation, especially through initiatives like ours. This has never been more critical than now, especially in the context of our return to beaches and sea post closures and global travel restrictions. The confinement had the happy effect of allowing certain coral formations to recover. In Hawaii, the drop in tourist activity has allowed its berries to recover, demonstrating how quickly the environment can recover if given space.

Mr. Alawadhi continued, “It is such a thrill and such a joy to contribute to the health of these underwater habitats and there is room for anyone who wants to get involved in our conservation project, be it underwater or on land. Volunteering for a coral reef restoration program like ours at Emirates Draw is an incredible opportunity to help protect our oceans and ultimately our planet.

Since the program began, the Emirates Draw dive team has planted over 2,000 coral polyps on steel structures with the aim of planting over 1.5 million coral reef colonies covering an area equivalent to 60 stadia of international football, across the UAE and beyond. thanks to this extensive long-term restoration project.

For more information on how to get involved in the Coral Reef Regeneration Program and become a volunteer and contribute to the conservation of the marine ecosystem, please contact Emirates Draw. Residents and tourists who wish to volunteer will soon be able to register on the Emirates Draw website emiratesdraw.com.

What are coral polyps?

Coral polyps are tiny, soft-bodied organisms related to sea anemones and jellyfish. Coral reefs form when a polyp attaches to a rock on the seabed and then grows into thousands of clones. The polyps connect with each other to create a colony teeming with marine life.

As a coral reef begins to grow, other animals and species are also attracted to the diverse habitat and find places to settle and call home. More than 25%* of all marine life is found on coral reefs. Each plays a unique role in helping to keep the ecosystem healthy and intact.

*According to www.coral.org

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About the Emirates Draw

A socially responsible organization based in the United Arab Emirates that aims to support local environmental causes and initiatives through CSR programs that it will lead. The organization aims to provide “For a Better Tomorrow” and improve the daily lives of its lucky winners and society as a whole. Inclusive for all and eligible for ages 18+, the draw will feature seven guaranteed winners each week and free entry to the biggest prize in UAE history, AED 77,777,777.

For more information please contact:
Lejo Johnny
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Phone. : +971 4 817 0394
Email: [email protected]

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