Dubai is embarking on an ambitious ecological and urban development venture with the Dubai Mangroves project, led by urban planning firm URB. This initiative aims to plant over 100 million mangrove trees along nearly 50 miles of coastline, alongside a botanical museum, conservation center, and visitor hub. URB is demonstrating how urban growth and environmental stewardship can coexist harmoniously.

Mangroves are key to this project, known for their carbon capture, coastal erosion prevention, and marine habitat support. The new mangrove forests are expected to absorb 1.23 million tonnes of CO2 annually, equivalent to the emissions of over 260,000 gasoline-powered vehicles, highlighting their role in combating climate change.

Education and public engagement are integral to the Dubai Mangroves initiative. The Mangrove Visitor Hub will educate the community on the importance of mangroves and environmental issues, while the Botanical Museum and Nature Reserve Conservation Center will offer platforms for research and advocacy.

“Dubai Mangroves is a testament to how urban and environmental innovation can work in harmony as a model for cities worldwide,” says Baharash Bagherian, CEO of URB. “It’s about setting a global standard for balancing the needs of the planet with those of the people.”

Currently, the project is testing mangrove restoration methods across six beaches. URB plans to introduce beach sports areas, wildlife habitats, biosaline agriculture zones, and running and cycling tracks to create a harmonious space for ecology, recreation, and leisure.

Aligning with the Dubai 2040 Master Plan, the Dubai Mangroves project could become the largest coastal regeneration effort of its kind, serving as a global blueprint for sustainable urban redevelopment. Join us in supporting this visionary project to create a greener, more resilient future for our cities and our planet.

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