Environmental & Animal Welfare

Note: To report animal abuse, please contact:

Emirates Diving Association (EDA)

2nd Floor, Office #214, Block B, Al Hudaiba Awards Building
Jumeirah 1, Dubai

The Emirates Diving Association is a non-profit voluntary federal organization that is accredited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Since 1995, the EDA has played a key role toward marine conservation and environmental change by organizing special projects and initiatives such as:

  • Underwater Clean Up
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Turtle Watching
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching

Telephone: +971 4 393 9390

Website: https://www.emiratesdiving.com/

Emirates Nature-WWF

1st Floor, Office #104, Building E-2, Diamond Square Plaza,
Wadi Al Safa 7, Al Qudra Street
The Sustainable City, Dubai

The Emirates Nature-WWF conducts extensive research with its partners to look for science-based solutions to combat climate change. They work with the government to develop national policies that conserve the UAE’s natural marine ecosystems, protect endangered species, as well as achieve renewable energy targets. Some of their successful initiatives include:

  • The Ecological Footprint Initiative through which the Indoor Lighting Standard was introduced and 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions were reduced annually.
  • Five million people participated in Earth Hour 2019.
  • The Be’ati Water Education Programme has been delivered to more than 400,000 students.
  • The Freshwater Project that protects the traditional falaj irrigation system in the UAE.

Emirates Nature-WWF encourages citizens and residents of the UAE to become proactive in environmental conservation efforts through:

  • Fundraising with Yalla Give who has partnered with Emirates Nature-WWF to provide users with the perfect platform for unique environmental campaign ideas.
  • Yalla Green Blog provides tips on living sustainably in the UAE.
  • Connect with Nature with the youth community through trekking, kayaking, trail runs and other outings.
  • Target Climate workshops are open to all and teach how to cut back on carbon emissions. These workshops are a must for professionals in Operations, Sustainability and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE).

Contact: +971 4 354 9776 | emiratesnature@enwwf.ae

Website: http://www.emiratesnaturewwf.ae/en

K9 Friends

Formed in 1989, K9 Friends is the longest running dog rescue in the UAE. They work with the Dubai Municipality to rescue abandoned and stray dogs, neuter them, complete medical tests, and then match them to a new loving home.

There are a number of ways in which you can help K9 Friends. You can sponsor a kennel, a AC unit, a dog or complete the adoption process to bring a lovely dog home.

If you want to volunteer, K9 Friends require at least a six month commitment:

  • Administration volunteers for manning the office, operating phone calls, as well as organizing the records and appointments of the dogs.
  • Fundraising and event management volunteers for fundraising, bazaars and sponsored dog walks.
  • Kennel volunteers for the training and companionship of the dogs.

Contact: +971 4 887 8739 | +971 50 274 1949 | info@k9friends.com

Timings: Saturday to Thursday 09:00 – 13:00

Website: https://www.k9friends.com/

Take My Junk

Whether you are moving homes or just spring cleaning, Take My Junk is the UAE’s number one junk collector. Since 2008, the Ajman-based company has received over 250 million kilograms of unwanted items.

They service almost any place including homes, offices, schools, hotels, and hospitals. The collection is completely free, though Take My Junk appreciates a tip to cover the cost of fuel.

To schedule a collection, send a SMS with the address, the date and the time you would like the collection. Sometimes, there may be delays owing to weekends, summer holidays or special occasions like Ramadan and Eid.

Telephone: +971 50 179 4045 | 800 Junk (5865) | +971 50 395 5865

Timings: 7 days a week 09:00 -20:00

Website: https://www.takemyjunkuae.com/

UAE Dolphin Project

Whales and dolphins form the top tier of the marine food chain. As a result, they are the ‘Ecological Indicators’ of the health of the oceans. If there is a booming dolphin population, it means that the sea is healthy enough to sustain them.

By international standards, the Gulf region is deficient in scientific data on small cetaceans. Ten species of whales and dolphins have been reported, of which three species of dolphins are frequent visitors to the Dubai coastline:

  • Indo-Pacific Bottlenose
  • Indo-Pacific Humpback
  • Finless Porpoise

Over the last 13 years, there has been an estimated reduction of 71% in dolphin sightings. As a result, the UAE Dolphin Project encourages the public to report any sightings of dolphins or whales. This is crucial to marine research and conservation efforts.

If you have seen a dolphin or a whale, you can report your sighting by:

  • Completing their application form
  • SMS +971 56 671 7164
  • Emailing sighting@uaedolphinproject.org

Website: https://www.uaedolphinproject.org/

Further Reading

A Quick Guide to Helping Street Cats in the UAE

Tilly the Turtle’s race to save Environment

UAE Wildlife Field Guide