Dubai Natural History Group
The DNHG Agenda
The DNHG Agenda
The Dubai Natural History Group is a non-profit,
volunteer-run organisation, aimed at furthering the interests of its
members in the wildlife and environment of the UAE. The group also
reaches out to the general public, in the form of monthly lectures
on natural history, archaeology, and other related topics.
Contact Chairman Gary Feulner, Tel : (971 4) 313 320 Ext: 500Fax (971 4 ) 313 371
Vice Chairman Valerie Chalmers,
Tel : (971 4) 442 853Fax : (971 4) 452 727
Contributions and newsletter enquiries can be
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You need not be a member to attend the DNHG lectures.
DNGH membership is open to all,
and costs Dhs. 50/- for an individual or a family. As a member you
- receive the monthly newsletter Gazelle,
which includes natural history news and observations, as well
as information about the regular field trips the group organises
through the cooler months of the year
- participate in the
regular programme of field trips
- and have access to the lending
The main activities of DNHG are :
Monthly lectures :
Held at the Jumeira English Speaking School, the lectures are free
and open to members of the public. Recent lectures have ranged from
fossil hunting in the Emirates, to Dubai's weather, and are usually
accompanied by slide presentations. Guests should arrive at around
7:30, for an 8:00 pm start.
Zayed Prize for Heritage set up
Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the
Emirates Heritage Club Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
announced Zayed's Prize for Heritage and History, to be awarded
to outstanding research conducted by individuals or establishments
inside and outside the UAE on the heritage and history of the
Excavation provides insights into past
Archaeological research on evidences of the existence
of a pre-Islamic church and monastery excavated on the
Sir Bani Yaas island will continue as they could provide valuable
insights into the region's past, said Dr Geoffrey King, director
of the Abu Dhabi Island Archaeological Survey (ADIAS).
"The pre-Islamic Christian monastic site on the
island dating back to sixth century AD is extremely important
as there are very few sites of this nature in the whole of Gulf region.
A series of buildings have been evacuated at the eastern
end of the island from 1993 the most important of which a church and a
monastery. Also at the northern end of the island were found
evidence of the Stone Age such as stone scrappers, flintstones etc.
Examples of a composite and site where people used to
engage in pearl diving were discovered. An interesting thing about
these two sites, according to King, is that they had Chinese
pottery. This points to the fact that important trade links existed
here and pottery was imported all the way firm the east cost of
DNHG ' s newsletter, Gazelle, is distributed by
post to all members. It includes reports about members' trips around
the local region and other relevant news, in addition to details of
forthcoming lectures and field trips.
Field trips :
DNHG field trips are cooperative, educational and exploratory
ventures by group members. They are also good fun. Field trips
are open to DNHG members and members of other UAE natural
history groups. We can also accommodate the occasional
out-of-town guest with a bonafide interest in natural history.
Members arrange for participation in the trips via the organiser
for each trip.
DNHG has built up
a considerable collection of natural history-related publications,
which are available on loan to members. Publications include copies
of Tribulus, the scientific journal published by our sister
organisation, the Emirates Natural Group of Abu Dhabi, as well
as a wide range of field guides and other natural history texts