Actor Harrison Ford and Dr M Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, toured the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
The UAE’s first national park is a permanently protected area that seeks to preserve the region’s desert habitats and the multiple threatened species of flora and fauna within for future generations.
The reserve teems with wildlife, including the Arabian oryx and Arabian Gazelle – endangered native species that have been reintroduced into the area.
The minister highlighted the UAE’s continued efforts to conserve the desert environment and promote protected areas as ecotourism sites.
Ford spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Tuesday when he warned of an impending environment crisis looming and said climate change deniers are on the wrong side of history.