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Turtle Conservation Efforts in UAE

Turtle conservation efforts in UAE

Turtle conservation is a global endeavor and UAE takes an active role in protecting these beautiful creatures. The Arabian Gulf is home to incredible marine life which includes turtles. Two types of marine turtles commonly found in these waters are the Hawksbills and Green turtles.

Facts about marine turtles

Pregnant turtles swim against the surf and return to the beach where they were hatched to lay their eggs. They scout for the perfect nesting spot then use their back flippers to dig a nest. It takes around one to three hours for the mother to finish laying her eggs then she heads back to the ocean. She leaves them to incubate in the warm sand for around 60 days.

Did you know that a female turtle produces anywhere between 60 and 150 eggs depending on the type of species? Despite a large number of eggs, there are some factors that can prevent a successful hatch. Severe storms can flood the nests and destroy the eggs. Hotter sands brought about by climate change are also another reason. Since the temperature of the sand influences the sex of the hatchlings, an increase in temperature can lead to a higher ratio of female to male hatchlings. Invasive species such as foxes and dogs can dig up nests and eat the eggs. Direct harvest by humans and coastal developments are also big threats to the survival of these mammals. 

Capturing sea turtles and collecting their eggs are both considered illegal acts under UAE law. Anyone who disregards this law will be subject to imprisonment and/or a heavy fine.

Young turtles that defy the hatching challenges are not yet guaranteed a happy ever after. According to studies, only a single hatchling out of 1,000 turtles will reach adulthood.

Swimming with turtles

One of the best experiences that you can cherish for a lifetime is swimming with turtles in their natural habitat. Join Nemo Diving Center on our next scuba diving UAE for a chance to see turtles up close and personal. 

Turtle conservation efforts in Dubai

The Burj Al Arab and Mina A’Salam, with the help of the Emirates Wildlife Protection Office, put up the Dubai Turtle Rehabiltation Project. Every year, hundreds of baby turtles are released back to the sea to live the adventure that they were born for. This annual activity aims to boost the population of marine turtles.

The rehabilitation center also rescues sick and injured turtles and nurse them back to health. Once they are strong enough, the animals are returned to their natural habitat.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the conservation efforts of the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project remain strong. The only one of its kind in UAE, this rehabilitation has a dedicated and passionate team that works hard to care for turtles in need. 

With the help of these people and supporters, sick and injured turtles have greater chances to survive and fulfill their role in the ecosystem. Through conservation efforts, turtles can live longer. Some say that turtles can live for more than 100 years. Who knows, perhaps a rehabilitated turtle can reach that ripe old age.


Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 550, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, We offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

Come and explore the unique underwater world of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and incredible dive sites in Fujairah such as Dibba Rock, Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, Snoopy Island, and more. At Nemo Diving Center, we offer dive trips to these amazing dive sites, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. We also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, our team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.



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