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First UAE-born dolphins named.

Byline: Dubai

The first dolphins born at Dolphin Bay at Atlantis, The Palm resort, have been named by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai.

Princess Haya named the first born calf, Liwa, after the oasis where the Maktoum family originated from near the Empty Quarter. The male calf was born to Butters on the evening of the August 23, 2008 at 19:20 hrs in a special maternity pool within the habitat. Princess Haya named the second calf, a female, Salam, meaning peace. She was born on September 8, 2008 at 17:14 hrs to mother Lisa.

"I am proud to welcome the first dolphins born in the United Arab Emirates," said Princess Haya. "Dolphin Bay provides a unique opportunity for residents and visitors alike to learn more about dolphins and the world's oceans. This is another excellent example of how Dubai is providing education through interactive experiences."

"The calves are developing on schedule and are thriving in their nurturing surroundings. Both are interacting with our team of marine mammal specialists while their development continues to be monitored 24 hours a day. They are proving to be quite inquisitive and of course, playful," said Al Kordowski, vice president, Dolphin Bay. "These first births for our Dolphin Bay family are an expression of the successful acclimation of these incredible animals."

The dolphins have their own dedicated facilities and highly experienced team to ensure their health and well-being. Dolphin Bay is a 4.5 hectare environment with three interaction lagoons complete with sandy beaches in a tropical setting.

The habitat provides the dolphins with seven interconnected resident pools, sheltering from inclement weather and 26 million litres of crystal-clear seawater, which exceeds all marine mammal regulations in the United Arab Emirates. The state-of-the-art medical laboratory and quarantine facility allows Dolphin Bay to safely care for stranded animals and pregnant and nursing mothers. -- TradeArabia News Service

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Publication:TradeArabia (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Feb 15, 2009
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