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Take a boat ride alongh the mangrovesin Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Take a boat trip along the "green island" of Abu Dhabi. It's hard to believe, but it's situated next to the center.
How to take a boat ride alongh the mangroves in Abu Dhabi
In addition to deserts, there are also mangroves in the emirates. The very ones which can survive in almost any conditions — they spend about 40% of their life being flooded with slightly salty water and still feel great.

One of them was made into the Eastern Mangroves Park, the first of five parks created according to the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan. Turtles, rays, sea snakes, mollusks and various rare species of birds and animals inhabit this place. It`s possible to walk along it, but only on an electric boat.

Mangroves park, Abu Dhabi

How to do?

1. The Mangroves National Park stretches along the E10 road. The entrance is near the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street.

2. You can get here by going on a guided tour, organized by one of the local travel agencies. Or, if you want to explore mangroves alone or just with your own company, rent an electric boat (other modes of the boats are prohibited here), kayaks or paddle boats. You can do it at the rental point in park or at those which are located near the park. For example, a kayak can be rented at Noukhada Adventure Company or Eco-Donut Boats.

Bird, Abu Dhabi

3. At the rental office you will be given life vests and bottles with water. Then you will be instructed, how to operate a boat for 6 people or a kayak. You can swim from half an hour to 3 hours.

4. If you take a kayak, you can go along the narrow "trails" near the bushes, which is impossible to do on a standard boat.

There are gazebos every 100 meters on the docks. You can have a picnic in one of them.

Where to do?

#9Eastern Mangrove Lagoon in Abu DhabiEastern Mangrove Lagoon

This first of the five existing mangrove reserves is under the aegis of the state. Its pristine lagoon is home for rare species of birds and animals.

How much?

30 minutes boat rent with room for 6 people - 200 dirhams.

2 hours of kayaking - 160 dirhams for adults, and 130 dirhams for children.

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