The Great Gulf Turtle Race
To help raise awareness of the conservation needs of marine turtles, EWS-WWF launched the Great Gulf Turtle Race. In a light-hearted bid to increase interest around these beautiful creatures and the plight they face as an endangered species, the turtle race will plot the number of kilometres the satellite tagged turtles in the Gulf have swam. As 23 Hawksbill turtles enter the Great Gulf Turtle Race 2011, they will be competing to become the furthest travelling turtle or the most popular turtle. 
Shown is the turtle named Speedy who was tagged in Iran and is sponsored by Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Courtesy EWS-WWF
Deceptively quick: Speedy, the winner of the Great Gulf Turtle Race, was tagged in Iran and sponsored by Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa.

Great Gulf Turtle Race results just in

ABU DHABI // They have inhuman endurance, attract big-name sponsors and race in distinctive, one-piece swimming costumes.

They are the competitors in the Great Gulf Turtle Race.

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Each year endangered marine turtles travel thousands of kilometres through the ocean, moving between distant mating, nesting and foraging grounds.

The "race", which is part of a much larger conservation project, measured the distances covered by 22 female hawksbill turtles in the five weeks after laying their eggs on beaches in the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Iran.

Judging by her speed the winner, who covered an impressive 670km - an average of 19km a day - must have been very hungry indeed.

Named Speedy by her sponsor, the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in Dubai, the turtle travelled from an island near Iran to feeding grounds just off Abu Dhabi.

Lisa Perry, the scientist behind the project, said although the distances covered by the competitors varied from just a few kilometres to more than 600km, the purpose of their journeys was always the same.

"We know that once turtles finish nesting they have used up a lot of their energy," said Ms Perry, the programme director for the Emirates Wildlife Society, in co-operation with the World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF).

"After they are finished we know their migration is going to be towards a feeding ground."

The turtles were fitted with satellite transmitters that reported their whereabouts every time they came to the surface to breathe. Although they can spend as long as 45 minutes under water, turtles need to surface regularly.

More than 6,000 people monitored the creatures' progress on the website, which showed weekly progress and allowed visitors to vote for the most popular turtle.

The runner-up, which had no sponsor, travelled 537km, while most turtles swam for 300km to 400km between their nesting and foraging grounds.

Ms Perry said most females would make a beeline for their preferred reef, slowing down as they neared it. But others found it hard to settle on one area, travelling back and forth between sites.

Listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, hawksbill turtles need healthy coral reefs, where they feed off sea sponges and jellyfish.

The project's goal is far more serious than finding the Gulf's fastest turtle, said Ms Perry.

In an area where fast coastal development, increasing boat traffic and pollution make it harder for marine turtles to survive, discovering and protecting important feeding grounds is vital.

"Although the race is finished, the work is not," Ms Perry said.

Initial results from last year, when 20 turtles were tagged, show the waters around Qatar are an important hawksbill habitat.

Other areas in the Gulf are emerging as crucial, although scientists need more data. "It is too soon to say what the results are. The turtles have not finished their migration yet," Ms Perry said, explaining the satellite transmitters send information for between four and 11 months after an animal is tagged.

EWS-WWF is also looking for sponsors to help fit the transmitters to a similar number of turtles next year, when the project comes to an end. Companies can name a turtle after paying Dh30,000 to mount the transmitter.

Individuals can also contribute by buying adoption packs.

For more information, visit the website,


Tagged at Nahiloo Island off the coast of Iran, this female swam furthest, covering 670km to islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
The 67cm-long creature was tagged with a transmitter courtesy of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in Dubai.


Although she finished fifth, Amal won the popularity contest, with 1,844 people visiting the race website to vote for her. She was tagged on a beach on Sir Bu Nair Island in Sharjah and travelled to an area near Qatar, which is thought to be important for hawksbill turtles. Amal was sponsored by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.


After finishing 20th in the race and 10th in the popularity contest, Estidama will be remembered for her name – after Abu Dhabi’s green construction benchmark system. Sponsored by the Urban Planning Council, she spent her time swimming around Abu Dhabi’s offshore islands.

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World record transfers

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Roger Federer's 2018 record

Australian Open Champion

Rotterdam Champion

Indian Wells Runner-up

Miami Second round

Stuttgart Champion

Halle Runner-up

Wimbledon Quarter-finals

Cincinnati Runner-up

US Open Fourth round

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The biog

Fast facts on Neil Armstrong’s personal life:

  • Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio
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Sinopharm vaccine explained

The Sinopharm vaccine was created using techniques that have been around for decades. 

“This is an inactivated vaccine. Simply what it means is that the virus is taken, cultured and inactivated," said Dr Nawal Al Kaabi, chair of the UAE's National Covid-19 Clinical Management Committee.

"What is left is a skeleton of the virus so it looks like a virus, but it is not live."

This is then injected into the body.

"The body will recognise it and form antibodies but because it is inactive, we will need more than one dose. The body will not develop immunity with one dose," she said.

"You have to be exposed more than one time to what we call the antigen."

The vaccine should offer protection for at least months, but no one knows how long beyond that.

Dr Al Kaabi said early vaccine volunteers in China were given shots last spring and still have antibodies today.

“Since it is inactivated, it will not last forever," she said.


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The specs: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

Price, base / as tested Dh222,500 / Dh296,870

Engine 2.0L, flat four-cylinder

Transmission Seven-speed PDK

Power 300hp @ 6,500rpm

Torque 380hp @ 1,950rpm

Fuel economy, combined 6.9L / 100km

The five pillars of Islam

Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

Dates for the diary

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Fight card

1. Featherweight 66kg: Ben Lucas (AUS) v Ibrahim Kendil (EGY)

2. Lightweight 70kg: Mohammed Kareem Aljnan (SYR) v Alphonse Besala (CMR)

3. Welterweight 77kg:Marcos Costa (BRA) v Abdelhakim Wahid (MAR)

4. Lightweight 70kg: Omar Ramadan (EGY) v Abdimitalipov Atabek (KGZ)

5. Featherweight 66kg: Ahmed Al Darmaki (UAE) v Kagimu Kigga (UGA)

6. Catchweight 85kg: Ibrahim El Sawi (EGY) v Iuri Fraga (BRA)

7. Featherweight 66kg: Yousef Al Husani (UAE) v Mohamed Allam (EGY)

8. Catchweight 73kg: Mostafa Radi (PAL) v Ahmed Abdelraouf of Egypt (EGY)

9.  Featherweight 66kg: Jaures Dea (CMR) v Andre Pinheiro (BRA)

10. Catchweight 90kg: Tarek Suleiman (SYR) v Juscelino Ferreira (BRA)

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Part three: an affection for classic cars lives on

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Every year during Ramadan, an iftar programme is rolled out. This allows guests to break their fast with the centre’s presenters, visit a nearby mosque and observe their guides while they pray. These events last for about two hours and are open to the public, or can be booked for a private event.

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Dh3.7 million

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The biog

Most memorable achievement: Leading my first city-wide charity campaign in Toronto holds a special place in my heart. It was for Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women program and showed me the power of how communities can come together in the smallest ways to have such wide impact.

Favourite film: Childhood favourite would be Disney’s Jungle Book and classic favourite Gone With The Wind.

Favourite book: To Kill A Mockingbird for a timeless story on justice and courage and Harry Potters for my love of all things magical.

Favourite quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

Favourite food: Dim sum

Favourite place to travel to: Anywhere with natural beauty, wildlife and awe-inspiring sunsets.