(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Doha: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) celebrated the World Tourism Day by organising an awareness trip to the Khor Al Adaid Reserve.
The trip was an introduction to Qatar's wildlife, highlighting the most important wild animals, local and migratory birds, and how ecotourism contributes to the local economy.
The Ministry, by organising this event, stresses the importance of protecting the environment, and the fact that Qatar enjoys environmental and biological diversity, as well as having natural reserves which include many wild animals, birds and rare marine creatures.
In this regard, an environmental consultant at MoECC Ahmed Hussein Al Mutawa, highlighted the importance of ecotourism in supporting national economies, given that it is an essential pillar of development.
He indicated that the Khor Al Adaid area is one of the most important areas where mammals abound. It is an exceptional environment of significance and attractiveness, especially, the sand dunes areas, representing a unique combination of geological terrain and environmental factors that support the presence of unique types of animals and plants. It creates a landscape and an ecosystem that is one of the most exciting natural wonders in the region.
He added that the Khor Al Adaid Reserve is home to flocks of birds of regional and global importance, such as egrets, whose migration takes them thousands of miles, osprey hawks, the Arabian gazelle, and desert hares, not to mention various types of fish, sea turtles and dugongs.
The reserve is about 60km southeast of Doha, with an area of about 1,833sqkm. It is known as the inland sea, because the water deepens among the sand dunes to form a group of lakes surrounded by sandy heights from all directions.
The World Tourism Day falls on September 27 annually, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization celebrates it this year under the slogan“Rethinking Tourism”.
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