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How an endangered bird changed a Dubai project

The online video of the Ruler of Dubai and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince gained massive attention in 24 hours

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Dubai: A small, endangered UAE bird managed to save its nesting area and prevent a construction project from taking place – and it was all captured on video.

Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nayhan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, took to Instagram recently and posted footage of a houbara bustard laying eggs near a construction site.

The video, which posted on Tuesday, was accompanied with the caption: “During their meeting one week ago in Dubai, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed were walking in the forest area where a project was expected to be built. They then saw the houbara bird and its eggs, and ordered the project’s location to be moved to another area so that the eggs could hatch.”


قصه "نفق" أشارككم بما عرفته في دبي بالأمس،، سيدي صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد وسيدي صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد "الله يحفظهم" وأثناء لقاءهم قبل أسبوع في دبي، وخلال تجوالهم في إحدى الغابات كانت المعدات تعمل على إنجاز نفق لممارسة الرياضة. وعندها لاحظوا وجود "حبارى" ترقد على بيضها في موقع الإنشاء. فأمروا بتحويل موقع العمل بالمشروع إلى الطرف الآخر من الموقع حتى يفقس بيضها. كم نحن محظوظين برعاية الخالق عز وجل في هذا الوطن الغالي ومن ثم حرص قيادته الاستثنائية

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His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, were shown captured on video as they walked through the construction site.

The two leaders were accompanied with a number of government officials as they inspected a project at a forest area last week, and to their surprise, spotted the houbara bird.

The video has gained over 30,000 views, with hundreds of comments praising the leaders efforts to conserve the environment. 

The houbara bustard plays an important part in Emirati culture, and apart from being an important link in the food chain, the houbara is essential to the art of falconry. So important in fact, that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi set up an ongoing rehabilitation project known as the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC).