Into the woods

Today (March, 21st)  is the International Day of Forests!

May 14, 2018

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Ghaf trees

Ghaf treeprosopis cineraria – is a flowering evergreen (despite desert environment) tree in the Fabaceae family, native to parts of Western Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

Ghaf tree is the national tree of the United Arab Emirates (since 2008), the state tree (known as Khejri) of Rajasthan and as Jammi in Telangana in India. In Bahrain a 400-year-old “Tree of Life” is growing in the middle of a desert.

In UAE ghaf trees are playing an important role: to counteract desertification, in   improving soil fertility, as fuel source, shelter (bird nests, shelter for insect, wood as construction material), medicine and food (seeds, leaves, seedpods, honey) for humans and animals.

Death will not visit a man, even at the time of a famine, if he has a Ghaf, a goat and a camel, since the three together will sustain a man even under the most trying conditions. ∼ Unknown

In the photos: ghaf trees in Ras al Khaimah in United Arab Emirates. After the rainfall (or at the farms with irrigation system) the ghaf forest area turns incredibly green.

August 2020

Ξ Ghaf tree at Connect With Nature UAE webpage

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Ras al Khaimah

See also:

Tree of Life

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Mangroves in Khor Al Beidah in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, UAE .

A mangrove – in Arabic “qurm” (قُرْم) – a shrub / small tree growing in coastal saline water, adapted to low oxygen level, high salinity, temperature and moisture changes (becuse of tides). Mangrove forest move carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and play important role in shoreline protection (e.g. they prevent erosion, filter pollutants). They are natural environment for many species of birds.

In UAE the largest magroves forest are in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Saadiyat Island, Jubail Island, Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, Bu Sayeef Protected Area, Ras Gharab, Eastern Corniche, Ras Ghanada), but they are also present in other regions: in Umm Al Quwain (photo gallery below), Ajman (Al Zorah Natural Reserve), Dubai (Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary), Ras al Khaimah(RAK City – Al Qurm, Al Rams), Sharjah (Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba).

Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)   

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∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Umm Al Quwain

See also:

Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary: Sanctuary | Birds

Mangroves in Khor Kalba


UAQ emirate & city: Emirate of Umm Al Quwain | Umm Al Quwain | Mosques of Umm Al Quwain | Umm Al Quwain City at nightUmm Al Quwain Airport and abandoned plane

UAQ beach & sunset: At the seashore | UAQ Sunset | Umm Al Quwain Sunset | At Al Medfeq BeachSunset at Green Belt Beach

UAQ nature: Date palms | White plumeria | Desert farms

UAQ in black&white: Lemon | Doors

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