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Coral Relocation and Conservation in Khalifa Port

At Abu Dhabi Ports, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, which is why we continuously develop innovative environmental solutions that work with our ecosystems to help preserve the natural beauty of our extensive coastlines. Through close coordination with local agencies such as the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), we have relocated hundreds of corals from the northern revetment to the eastern breakwater of Khalifa Port, and placed it adjacent to the Ras Ghanada reef, one of the most diverse and vibrant coral reef communities in the Arabian Gulf.

As a highly sensitive ecosystem, using the correct methodology was essential, which is why we went through a rigorous process to appoint the right teams to support the tricky migration. Thanks to the diligence and professionalism of all concerned, the relocation of more than 500 corals has been a success and will contribute towards protecting and cultivating our diverse marine life for generations to come.

Protecting Coral Reefs is Our Responsibility

Coral Reefs Successfully Relocated


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The relocation of live coral from the existing Khalifa Port northern revetment to the environmental breakwater to the east reduced the direct loss of the sensitive coral marine biota. The coral will be monitored over a three year period. The data collected will be used to research multiple aspects related to corals, a technical paper is set to be issued by Abu Dhabi Ports in due course.

Healthy coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on earth, providing valuable and vital ecosystem services. Coral ecosystems are a source of food for millions; protect coastlines from storms and erosion; provide habitat, spawning and nursery grounds for economically important fish species; provide jobs and income to local economies from fishing recreation, and tourism; are a source of new medicines, and are hotspots of marine biodiversity.