In celebration of World Sea Turtle Day, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) successfully returned 101 critically endangered hawksbill turtles last week back to their natural habitat following several months of rehabilitation at the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah hotels.
More than 100 children—including competition winners, pupils from a local school and hotel guests—released the turtles from the beach of Madinat Jumeirah back into the Arabian Gulf.
The DTRP is based at the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and run in conjunction with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. It has been running since 2004 and has so far released more than 500 rescued sea turtles back into Dubai’s waters. This year alone, more than 350 sick or injured sea turtles have been treated by the DTRP’s team of marine biologists after washing up on the region’s beaches.
The event was designed to raise awareness of the importance of the turtle rehabilitation program, issues facing turtles, their risk of extinction (with an 87 percent decline in the hawksbill turtle population in the last three decades) and conservation of the marine environment.