Sheikh Sultan takes a tour of Sharjah Safari Park. File photo
Located in the 16 square kilometre Al-Bardi Reserve, Sharjah Safari is home to numerous endangered species and features 12 distinct habitats, a big natural lake, a picnic space for visitors, as well as cafés placed around the locations where live animal shows take place.
According to the Chairperson of the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, "The Sharjah Safari, which is the biggest safari in the world outside of Africa, is a genuine African nature reserve and has a crucial and effective role in maintaining biodiversity and wildlife and promoting the UAE's efforts to improve natural life."
"Sharjah safari enhances the impact of ecotourism in the country, since its tourists travel to Africa via a dynamic and one-of-a-kind opportunity to live and interact in the continent's diverse and authentic environments," Al Suwaidi noted.
More than 50,000 animals from more than 120 African species are featured in the safari, which includes the black rhinoceros, one of the safari's most notable and rare residents. There are more than 100,000 African Acacia trees in the Sharjah safari, which includes flora of both local and African origin.
Fog blanketed some of the interior areas of the UAE on Friday morning, and lasted for five and a half hours. It started at midnight and continued until 5.30am, due to a surface air depression with a high air extension in the upper atmosphere.
The NCM said, "Heavy fog was witnessed over Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah."
Different regions of the UAE witnessed fog which lasted 8 hours, resulting in low visibility, less than 50 metres on some coastal and interior areas, as a result of the country being affected by a surface air extension, accompanied by an air extension in the upper atmosphere.
The UAE has sent three planes carrying a 1,000 sqm field hospital, which includes 75 beds and two operating rooms equipped with the latest medical supplies and devices, to offer relief to earthquake victims in Afghanistan.
Residents in the UAE felt strong tremors and left their residences. A family told Gulf Today that as soon as they realise that their chandellier was moving without any reason. they knew it was earthquake.
On the other hand, the Gaia space probe unveiled its latest discoveries in its quest to map the Milky Way in unprecedented details, surveying nearly two million stars and revealing mysterious "starquakes" which sweep across the fiery giants like vast tsunamis.
On Saturday, almost a week after her death, people joined hands at a vigil organised by her family to comfort her loved ones and walk with Aleena “in their hearts” along the route she never had the chance to complete.