Oasis of the Arabian Oryx – Abu Dhabi’s Desert Island

1 x 52 mins

Sir Bani Yas is a 35-square-mile nature island within an archipelago off the coast of Abu Dhabi. As an uninhabited desert island, it is well suited as a showcase project for applied natural and species conservation. In 1971, the year the state was founded, extensive technical and ecological measures turned it into a ”paradise for wild animals”, designed by humans. Above all, the endangered Arabian oryx, or ”white antelope”, was settled here in order to ensure its continued existence. Abu Dhabi wants to pioneer a new path to a more sustainable future within the United Arab Emirates. Sir Bani Yas is a major project that is not solely about reintroducing a few specimens of rare species. Cheetahs, white antelopes and hunting falcons are just as much a matter of prestige as the glittering glass facades of skyscrapers such as the Capital Gate, whose lean is significantly more extreme than that of the Tower of Pisa. In the United Arab Emirates, people think in superlatives. The fight against climate change and for species and nature conservation is in tension with the ”cult of feasibility”, which the Emirates and their ruling families demonstrate to the astonishment of the rest of the world.


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