|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Municipal region||Abu Dhabi Region|
|• Type||Absolute monarchy|
|• Sheikh||Khalifa bin Zayed|
|• Crown Prince||Mohammed bin Zayed|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (UAE standard time)|
After Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1966, he set about developing the Emirate, spending on healthcare, education and infrastructure. As part of his plan to develop the city of Abu Dhabi, in the 1980s, he invited Sir William Atkins, of the company W.S. Atkins and Partners (Atkins), to plan the development of Abu Dhabi and what would become the satellites of Wathba, Shahama and Bani Yas, where a number of local Bedouins and immigrants from other parts of the Arabian Peninsula had settled under Sheikh Zayed's encouragement.
|Al Wathba Wetland Reserve|
Greater flamingoes at Al Wathba
|Location||Abu Dhabi, the UAE|
|Nearest city||Abu Dhabi|
|Area||5 km2 (1.9 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Environment Agency Abu Dhabi|
|Official name||Al Wathba Wetland Reserve|
|Designated||25 April 2013|
Located between Bani Yas, Mussafah, and the Abu Dhabi–Al Ain Road, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve was established by Sheikh Zayed in 1998, and is home to birds like the greater flamingo, besides aquatic life. The reserve has been designated as a Ramsar site since 2013.
- Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai
- Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
- Jebel Hafeet National Park, Abu Dhabi
- Mangrove National Park, Abu Dhabi
- Ras Al Khor, Dubai
- Sir Abu Nu'ayr, Sharjah
- Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi
- Wadi Wurayah, Fujairah
- Wildlife of the United Arab Emirates
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