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Plant and Animal Life in United Arab Emirates

Although United Arab Emirates is a small country, it offers a wide environment for plants and animals.
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Plant and Animal Life in United Arab Emirates

Although United Arab Emirates is a small country, it offers a wide environment for plants and animals. Coast, offshore islands, mangrove areas, mudflats, salt pans, sand, gravel plains, sand dunes, mountain slopes, wadis and rocky summits offer a great number of species and animals.
Palm, acacia, and tamarisk trees grow naturally in the oases and along the coast, and hardy shrubs and grasses survive in the desert. Irrigation around the major oases and cities supports the growth of eucalyptus trees, decorative plants such as bougainvillea, and fruits and vegetables. One of the most common plants in the United Arab Emirates is the cactus, which can grow in the desert easily. Outside the desert, varieties of flowers and beautiful plants can be found in the cities.
In addition to livestock, such as camel, sheep, and some cattle, the UAE has numerous birds, including trained falcons for hunting. The desert oryx and gazelle, as well as other wildlife previously hunted almost to extinction, have been preserved due to recent conservation efforts. The waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman contain a variety of fish and crustaceans. The dugong, or sea cow, is also found along the UAE coast. One of the most important animals in the country is camel, most often found in the desert. Dogs, cats, parrots, pigeons and eagles can be seen in the cities.

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