World Wetland Day

By: Ahmed Al Harthi

BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.
Second of February every year, the world celebrates World Wetlands Day that provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the vital connection between wetlands and human well-being.
In Oman, Al Ansab Wetland is an artificial wetland 15 kilometres from the centre of Muscat. The connected water treatment facility releases treated water into a series of surrounding ponds. This process provides a water source otherwise unavailable in the surrounding desert, creating a habitat for 305 recorded species of resident and migrating birds. Threatened species, including the endangered Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) as well as the vulnerable common pochard (Aythya ferina) and sooty falcon (Falco concolor), occupy the wetland. It serves as a tourist destination for birdwatching and also provides educational opportunities as a long-term monitoring site. Haya Water manages the site.

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  • Ahmed Al Harthi

    BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.

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