A group of twenty students from the HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s College’s (ADWC) Adventure Club, accompanied by faculty members, put the club’s name to good use when they ventured into the Eastern Mangroves on a kayaking tour.
The group, led by an experienced tour guide, left the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city and ventured into the peace and tranquility found within the mangrove forest. The tour lasted approximately two hours, with the group exploring some of the many channels and lagoons in the forest.
The kayakers had an interesting time on this eco-friendly and healthy activity. The tour was organised by faculty members Dr Ewa Gajer and Brendan O’Connor, who look for activities to give students a sense of adventure and well-being. The Club has also previously organised walking trips, climbs of Jebel Hafeet and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and regular kayaking trips which have proved to be highly popular with students.
The Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park is the UAE’s first National Park and is a protected area of mature grey mangrove trees which protect the numerous islands off the eastern side of Abu Dhabi from erosion with their extensive root systems. These trees also provide a rich habitat and safe breeding ground for a wide range of birds, fish and mammals. Visitors to the park can see pink flamingos, herons, terns, egrets, crab plovers, and more rarely foxes, and dolphins in the deeper channels between the outer islands.