Jellyfish in Dubai beaches not a cause for concern, say officials

Jellyfish in Dubai beaches not a cause for concern, say officials

Several beachgoers had spotted hundreds of jellyfish in different patches of Dubai beaches over the weekend, including the Jumeirah Open Beach.



The shoals of jellyfish reportedly spotted in Dubai beaches is a seasonal phenomenon and no warning has been issued to beachgoers, two senior officials of the Dubai Municipality have said.

Several beachgoers had spotted hundreds of jellyfish in different patches of Dubai beaches over the weekend, including the Jumeirah Open Beach.

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“It is a natural, seasonal phenomenon and we have not found any dangerous species here,” Head of Dubai Municipality Environment Department’s Marine Environment and Wildlife Section Mohammed Abdurahman Hassan told Khaleej Times.

On the other hand, he said, the fact that there are more jellyfish in Dubai waters is a good sign that we have a good marine environment over here. “They will thrive in good marine environment and they are also good feed for turtles. If the water is polluted, they wouldn’t come here.”

He said the shoals would naturally disappear in a few days.

Mohammed Al Fardan, who heads Public Parks and Beaches under the Parks and Horticulture Department, said the department will not close any beach due to the infestation. “If it is a problem for swimmers, we will close the beach. But it is not.”

Officials also noted that the jellyfish would not sting unless it is disturbed or hurt. Applying vinegar is a common first aid for jellyfish sting. However, Hassan said it was always advisable to seek medical help. He added that municipal lifeguards, rescue units, and marine police are always available for help. 


sajila@khaleejtimes.com


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