To attract visitors from around the world to the country’s natural wonders, the UAE launched the first phase of ecotourism drive.  An e-book app that features maps, images and video footage of the destinations was launched by Thani Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, to spread awareness about ecotourism.

The app provides information about 35 of the UAE’s 43 protected areas, including mangroves, dunes and lush wadis. It also features information about 37 different reserves from Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah and Sharjah.

“Through our work at the Ministry, the country has established a comprehensive legal framework that ensures conservation of the environment and sustainability of natural resources,” Al Zeyoudi, said in a statement at the launch of the app.

“The National Ecotourism Project aspires to promote the UAE’s environmental attractions to the local and international audience with the objective of establishing the UAE as one of the leading ecotourism destinations in the world within the next few years,” he added.

He expects the app to encourage tourism in these protected areas and will ensure the protection of the biodiversity.

Many listed destinations are free to the public while others require permission from the government. Each destination has visiting hours for the public and schools or details on the authority to contact to arrange a visit.

The app also includes a challenging quiz on UAE geographic, flora and fauna.