Beyond the Headlines: How the UAE moved an entire coral reef to save it

The Ras Ghanada reef near Khalifa Port was under threat from capacity expansion plans in 2020

At the beginning of 2020 the UAE faced a conundrum. Abu Dhabi Ports wanted to boost its cargo-handling capacity, which meant more construction above and below water. A new project with Etihad Rail was also planned to connect Khalifa Port with the proposed national railway that would run through the country. But the Abu Dhabi shoreline is home to the Ras Ghanada reef, consisting of eight million corals, of which 500 would be under threat from the proposed works. In this week's Beyond the Headlines, host Suhail Akram looks at how the UAE moved an entire coral reef.