Room with a view in Dubai

DUBAI — How about relishing the tranquillity of a bird sanctuary from the comfort of your drawing room?

By Joy Sengupta

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Published: Mon 19 Feb 2007, 9:37 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:33 AM

Or, hearing the chirping of a distant bird live while munching on your favourite snack! Well, it’s going to happen soon.

The Marine Environment and Sanctuaries Unit of the Dubai Municipality is planning to install web cameras at the Ras Al Khor Bird Sanctuary. The motto: view the birds while sitting in your homes. The result: tourism gets a boost. To get the view, all one has to do is to log on to the web site of the sanctuary.

Mohammed Abdul Rahman Hasan, Head of the Marine Environment and Sanctuaries Section, said his department was currently chalking out the details of the number of cameras to be installed in the sanctuary and the appropriate points for the installation.

“This will give a big fillip to tourism,” he said.

“We would like people to get a clean and perfect view of the sanctuary. Once it happens, they will obviously be tempted to pay visit to the sanctuary in person,” Hasan added.

The sanctuary is spread over an area of 6.2 sq km and is well known for its wide variety of flora and fauna. It is home to some exotic species of birds and attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year.

“We would be developing the sanctuary further. We have many more plans up our sleeves,” revealed an official.

In fact, only recently, watch towers were constructed at the sanctuary, helping visitors get a clearer and better view. Once the web cameras are in place, the view is set to get bigger for sure.

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