Hawksbill turtles hatch at EGA Al Taweelah beach
United Arab Emirates, 5 September 2022: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, welcomed the successful hatching of over 200 Hawksbill turtles on the shorelines near the company’s Al Taweelah site in Abu Dhabi.
Hawksbill turtles are a critically endangered species of sea turtle that visit the UAE shorelines each year to lay their eggs.
Since 2011, nearly 106 Hawksbill turtles have laid eggs on the beach at EGA’s Al Taweelah beach and almost 7,000 baby turtles have hatched.
Salman Abdulla, EGA Executive Vice President of HSSEQ and Business Transformation, said: “The EGA Sustainability team monitors the beach throughout the nesting season. To minimise the risk of predation by any feral animals, daily inspections and the tracking of nesting patterns takes place and protective buffers to keep nests safe from harm have been installed. In addition, any waste that is washed up on the beach is removed by EGA to keep the beach clean and safe throughout the nesting season.”
Earlier this year, five critically-endangered Hawksbill turtles and one green turtle were released back into the sea after being rescued by Emirates Global Aluminium's sustainability team and after being expertly cared for at the Jumeirah Group’s Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project at Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah. This rescue was part of the rehabilitation programme that is in cooperation with Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, Dubai Falcon Hospital, and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.
In 2021, EGA rescued and released back to the sea more than 40 turtle hatchlings after nest sites were damaged due to unusually high tides and other challenging weather conditions.
The average lifespan of a Hawksbill turtle ranges between 30 to 50 years and a female typically lays 100 to 150 eggs during each nesting season.