Dubai Parks and Resorts offers new GCC rates

The new rate for GCC nationals and residents is effective from Friday.
Updated 29 August 2017

Dubai Parks and Resorts offers new GCC rates

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest theme park destination, has announced new GCC rates. GCC nationals and residents will be able to take advantage of the new, winter season resident’s rate of 165 dirhams ($45) for a day ticket to Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park and 95 dirhams for a day ticket to Bollywood Parks Dubai.
“The GCC rate will give friends and families the chance to experience more rides, attractions and live shows than anywhere else in the Middle East. Visitors can enjoy high speed rollercoasters like Madagascar Mad Pursuit inspired by the Madagascar movie franchise in Motiongate Dubai, UAE landmarks and other Lego models made from over 60 million Lego bricks at Legoland Dubai and cinematic thrill rides and entertainment inspired by Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters at Bollywood Parks Dubai,” a press release said.
Children can be entertained at The Smurf’s Village, learn to drive at Legoland Dubai’s driving school and enjoy water slides at Legoland Water Park.
The new Lionsgate zone at Motiongate Dubai will be unveiled, featuring the world’s first rides inspired by blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games.”
Riverland Dubai, the themed dining, retail and entertainment district at the center of Dubai Parks and Resorts will also offer a full program of free events including celebrations for Eid Al-Adha.
The rate for GCC nationals and residents is effective from Friday and is available online at www.dubaiparksandresorts.com or at the park gate for up to five tickets upon presentation of a valid national ID.
David Loiseau, vice president of sales and distribution, said: “This is Dubai Parks and Resorts’ first full winter season and our focus is on creating an offer that will bring our guests, especially from the GCC countries, back time and again. This season, Hunger Games fans from across the globe will be able to experience rides inspired by the blockbuster movie franchise that have never been seen anywhere in the world before at Motiongate Dubai.”


Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

An international team of KAUST researchers studied whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for ‘Rope Reef’), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea on the Saudi Arabian coast.
Updated 18 November 2019

Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are considered endangered, which means the species has suffered a population decline of more than 50 percent in the past three generations. The whale shark is only two classifications from being extinct. Improvements and conservation efforts are in place, but there is still a long way to
go to protect these gentle underwater giants.
An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency using a combination of three scientific techniques: Visual census, acoustic monitoring and satellite telemetry.
Their six-year study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, tracked long-term whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for “Rope Reef”), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea. The team monitored a total of 84 different sharks over a six-year period, and their results shed light on whale shark behaviors,
which could help to inform conservation efforts.
“The study takes years of passive acoustic monitoring data and combines it with previously published visual census and satellite telemetry data from the same individual sharks. The combined dataset is used to characterize the aggregation’s seasonality, spatial distribution, and patterns of dispersal,” said Dr. Michael Berumen, director of the Red Sea Research Center and professor of marine science at KAUST.

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An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency.

They found the aggregation to be highly seasonal, with sharks being most abundant in April and May, and that many of the sharks returned to the hot spot regularly year after year. The study also shows roughly equal numbers of male and female sharks using the site, something that could be unique to Shib Habil. These characteristics indicate that this site may serve an important function for the wider Indian Ocean population of this rare and endangered species.
“Using the combined dataset, we can show somewhat conclusively that the aggregation meets all of the criteria of a shark nursery. This is particularly relevant given that Shib Habil is the only site in the Indian Ocean to regularly attract large numbers of juvenile females. Growing late-stage adolescents of both sexes into full adulthood is critical for sustaining a species. Management of critical habitats like Shib Habil and other aggregations will likely be vital for future whale shark conservation,” said KAUST graduate Dr. Jesse Cochran, lead author of the study.
There is a combination of factors contributing to the decrease of whale shark populations world-wide, including targeted fishing, bycatch losses due to fisheries, vessel strikes from boat traffic, marine debris, and pollution.