Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sir Bani Yas Island
I recently had the opportunity to shoot an assignment on Sir Bani Yas Island in the UAE. Sir Bani Yas is a beautiful nature reserve set aside by Sheikh Zayed and has been referred to as one of his great legacies left behind.
Here are few facts about the island that may be of interests:
--The name Sir Bani Yas Island originates from the Bani Yas tribe, who first inhabited Abu Dhabi.
--The wildlife reserve was created more than 25 years ago to ensure the survival of Arabia's endangered species.
--To date some 36 archeological sites have been found on the island with the oldest remains being a pre-Islamic monastery dating back to 600 AD.
--Sir Bani Yas Island is 87 square kilometres, making it the largest, natural island in the United Arab Emirates.