Wellness Walks


“The powerful forces that shape the essence of tourism, including the human urge to see and experience the natural world, must continue to be harnessed to support the achievement of the goals of the Convention”. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (2007).

Nordic Walking for Wellness Week-ends Seasonal Training

“Learn to Nordic Walk Mindfully ”


Join our Educational, Charming, Relaxing and Social Seasonal Nordic Walking Training holidays in the midst of ecotourism Wellness Hotels and Resorts.

Trained members and Leader Volunteers Groups are welcome to join us to improve their technique and fitness levels. The areas in which the activities take place are rich in biodiversity and colorful landscapes and nature with a diversity of rich marine, plant species and birds, history, tradition and Cultural Heritage which makes the Nordic Walking Group Training and Walks a memorable experience.

As a travel member of The Ecotourism Society, (TIES) and a supporter of The Green Passport Campaign, before my Nordic Walking travel itinerary is confirmed,


I generally check whether some of the Cultural Heritage trails, villages, Mountains Natural Parks, Reserves areas in which I am Nordic Walking, hiking, trekking or climbing adhere to the general Code of Practice for Ecotourism Operators, with environmentally friendly accommodation, facilities and measures in place.

I am also a supporter of The Green Passport Campaign, an initiative firmly rooted in the move to accelerate a global shift towards sustainable consumption and production.



I am glad to share with you some information of popular Nordic Walking ecotourism destinations and trails in the UAE’s Seven Emirates for Recreational Nordic Walking Training and Wellness Group Walks to learn the Nordic Walking technique and to meet others who are enthusiastic about the sport. Many of our relaxation Wellness Hotels offer specialist guides to show around across mangroves, valleys, forests and hills, valleys, hills, mountain and waterfalls.

United Arab Emirates

As The Seven Emirates have so much sightseeing to offer, (NWFW) Nordic Walking for Wellness Seasonal Training on the technique courses Group Walks in Parks and ecotourism trails destinations within the Seven Emirates to practice Nordic Walking and also enjoy Kayaking Nordicwalkayaking) with Paddles while learning about important ongoing conservation and sustainability projects. View UAE’s List of the Protected Areas.

Follow my blog for News and Updates on Green Nordic Walks and my personal Adventure Treks to inspire you to Walk with Poles not only for outdoor fitness but also for Wellness and relaxation from daily life routines in eco-friendly Nature Reserves in the UAE, the Region, in Europe and rest of the World.

Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi’s mangroves near Abu Dhabi are becoming an increasingly popular ecotourism destination in the country where one embarks on a Nature & Wildlife outdoors Nordic Walks to explore some of the UAE’s unique indigenous animals, kayak through spectacular mangrove-filled waters or snorkel through the protected waters abundant with marine life in Desert Islands Abu Dhabi’s Mangroves are a natural habitat for several types of fish, seabirds, turtles and even foxes. Aside from being home to wildlife, mangroves help protect the environment. They also help prevent coastline erosion and reduce carbon emissions.


The Eastern Mangrove Lagoon, the biggest Mangrove Forest in the UAE. It lies between the Qasr el-Bahr area of Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island, Mushayrib Island and the Al Matar Area on Abu Dhabi Island. It covers an area of 8,3 km² and is mainly covered by mangroves. Local tour companies are offering guided tours to eco-friendly tourists and fitness enthusiasts, and giving them the opportunity to explore the mangroves by kayaking.

This tranquil lagoon is an interesting find for the Middle East. Home to numerous species of fish and birds, and the best way to explore it is by Kayaking. Local excursions include some history on the area, island exploration, and even some fishing. Stretching for five miles along Eastern Ring Road in Abu Dhabi, the Eastern Mangroves Lagoon National Park provides the habitat for 200 fish and 50 bird species.

If you’re looking for an urban escape, the Anantara Eastern Mangroves will suit the whims of the outdoor-bound adventurer. Set along the waterfront and overlooking the mangroves. Venture into this wild frontier beyond the city with a kayak excursion led by this hotel. A local guide will take you around the mangroves and even throw in a few facts on local wildlife. The Anantara’s kayaking options include eco tours, island exploration, or fishing and each can also include a yoga session afterward at the hotel’s fitness center: a practice called “kayoga.” – (Kayak + Yoga).


On Sir Bani Yas Island, the largest of the islands, one can experience one of Arabia’s most cherished natural treasures in a range of different ways. Taking up approximately half of Sir Bani Yas Island, the 4,200 hectare park is surrounded by a 32km fence.The reserve is home to 6,000 indigenous trees, grasses and flora and is home to several thousand free-roaming animals that are indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula. These animals include the endangered Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle, Arabian (Mountain) Gazelle, as well as predators and scavengers such as the cheetah and hyena. as well as herds of oryx and other wildlife. Read more


Set on the island port of Sir Bani Yas, just at the coast of Abu Dhabi, is the Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa that offers intrepid travellers an unforgettable island escape in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf and also caters to adventurers, with custom desert safaris and island hopping excursions.

The Desert Islands experience will begin with the ‘Marsa Jabel Dhanna’ gate, which will include a 150-room beachfront hotel, in Jabel Dhanna, 250 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, is the destination’s arrivals, departure and logistics hub.

Nestled in the Arabian Gulf off the western coast of Abu Dhabi, a mere two and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi or 30 minutes flight duration from Al Bateen Executive Airport – Abu Dhabi City, lie the Desert Islands, “Juzor Al Sahra” as it consist of Sir Bani Yas Island, Dalma Island and six Discovery Islands. These islands have seen the birth and coming of age of Abu Dhabi and were cherished by the former president and late founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Bu Tinah Island

Bu Tinah Island represents the UAE’s commitment to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The island is the home of many life forms such as coral reefs, sea cows (Dugong), natural mangrove and hawksbill turtles, dolphins, Osprey, and Socotra cormorant.


Off the western shores of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, lies a unique natural treasure, wild and undisturbed by human activity: Bu Tinah Island. An undisturbed paradise, has much to teach mankind about environmental protection and survival. The island is a tiny archipelago amid extensive coral formations and sea-grass beds some 25 km south of Zirku and 35 north of Marawah in the United Arab Emirates. Found in the waters of Abu Dhabi, it is protected as a private nature reserve. Bu Tinah Island, rich in biodiversity, lies within the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve with a territory of more than 4,000 km2.

This distinctive natural habitat has shallow waters, sea-grass beds and tall mangroves, set amid extensive coral reefs. It hosts beautiful and endangered marine life. Seabirds, including flamingos and osprey, various species of dolphins and the critically endangered hawksbill turtle live in Bu Tinah. The island’s waters host the world’s second-largest population of dugong, a large marine mammal that is threatened worldwide. Bu Tinah Island, rich in biodiversity, lies within the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve – the region’s largest marine reserve. Its protection and survival must be ensured.

The biosphere reserve is the region’s first and largest UNESCO-designated marine biosphere reserve. It has been a recognized UNESCO site since 2001. Closed to visitors, fishing and the collection of turtle eggs are prohibited on Bu Tinah Island.

Another Reserve where time stands still is the Saadiyat Reserve. Located on the island’s Southeast coast, the natural wetlands and lush mangrove forests of Saadiyat Reserve are a haven for wild life. Mangrove management is ongoing under the Saadiyat Island Mangrove Management Plan and operation of a mangrove nursery, with over 750,000 mangroves grown to date. Of these over 400,000 mangroves have been planted in the Saadiyat wetlands. Read more.



Al Zorah Nature Reserve

With a 7km waterfront, embracing the changing shades of the Arabian Gulf Sea and a 2km silky and pure sand beach, A Zorah natural reserve allows discovering yet other natural wonders: lucent lagoons, creeks and an inviting natural mangrove forest swarming with 58 bird species. A highest priority is given to the management and preservation of Ajman’s coastal treasure: the mangrove forest. Extending over 2 square km of biologically and ecologically rich wetland, the mangrove area is also the first nursery of the coast. By contemplating the Al Zorah coastline, nature lovers will get to discover many species, including the emblematic pink flamingo. Regular and migratory birds inhabit the marine zones, turquoise lagoons, mangrove and dunes areas.


Perhaps the best example of the fine line between the resemblance of ecotourism and actual conservation efforts that can be enjoyed by tourists is the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The reserve takes up 5 percent of Dubai’s total land mass. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, DDCR, is a 225-square-kilometre (87 sq mi) natural reserve in the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 2003.


Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Right in the heart of the city, Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing nature preserve. Pretty pink flamingos steal the show in winter, but in fact avid birdwatchers can spot more than 270 species in this pastiche of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves and lagoons. At the mouth of Dubai Creek, the sanctuary is also an important stopover on the East African–West Asian Flyway. There are three hides (platforms) with fantastically sharp binoculars for close-ups of the birds without disturbing them. The flamingo roost is off the junction of Al-Wasl and Oud Metha Rds.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape, adding a historic Bedouin encampment themes to its luxury side, serves as the landmark for tourists to explore the reserve. National Geographic awarded Al Maha its World Legacy Award for the scope and breadth of its efforts to protect the desert’s wildlife.

Bird-watching is one of the more eco-friendly endeavors for tourists, especially in the wetlands areas. Key areas include Khor Dubai, which is home to Western Reef Heron, flamingos and spotted eagles. The Jebel Ali area has the hoopoe lark and grey francolin. Other protected areas are Mushrif Park, Al Habab and Hatta. There are more than 400 bird species in the UAE, according to the Government of Dubai.



Wadi Wurayah (وادى وريعة)UAE’s first National Reserve Park UNESCO tentative list Cultural Heritage site, a 12,700 hectares (31,000 acres) area between the towns of Masafi, Khor Fakkan and Bidiyah in the United Arab Emirates. It has been designated as Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.

Wadi Wurayah is home to more than 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as more than 300 species of plants. Famous for its scenic waterfall set amid the Hajar Mountains, Wadi Wurayah is recommended as a must-see in UAE off-road and tourist guides. It is a spectacular location with streams and pools dotted around the rocky outcrops. It is one of few remaining places in the world where the endangered Arabian tahr still roams free.

Conservationists believe it to be among the last places in the UAE where the Arabian leopard, which has not been seen in the UAE since 1995, still survives. The same is true for the caracal lynx, a small, shy predator, which like the leopard is persecuted by farmers who believe it targets chickens and goats. The wadi is also home to the Garra barreimiae, a type of freshwater fish that lives only in the Hajar Mountains. Among the more than 300 species of plants is a species of wild orchid unique to the UAE, the Epipactis veratrifolia.

Wadi Wurayah is situated in the Hajar Mountain range on East Coast of the United Arab Emirates, off the E99 road between Fujairah and Dibba. The Hajar Mountains of the UAE are part of the Hajar range of mountains that, geologically speaking, are referred to as the Somail Ophiolite, extending from central Oman, in the south, to Mussandam Oman, in the north.

In Fujeirah, Scuba diving provides excellent opportunities to explore the bottom of the Arabian Gulf in the UAE without disturbing marine life in Al Aqqah.

Furjeirah has one of the dive spots most frequented by foreign tourists. An underwater rock covered in teddy bear coral. An abundance of marine life — ranging from damselfish and turtles to morays — makes scuba diving an interesting adventure. Nearby is Shark Island with three dive sites; massive sloping walls consist of large boulders that hide turtles and morays.

Ras Al Khaimah


Ras Al Khaimah, with its truly stunning landscape has plenty to offer for nature enthusiasts – areas of great scenic beauty, yet un-crowded and unpolluted.

Visitors can choose between mountain activities such as hiking and climbing to bird watching and diving along the coast.
The existing mountain and desert treks respect the environment and local communities. Visitors to these areas are requested do the same.

Visitors can explore the remote villages hidden along rocky trails, roam around the barren fields that once cultivated enough produce for entire communities and they can also climb peaks.

The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has an impressive archaeological heritage and a very rich history. This area had always enticed settlers with its unique combination of all the four types of landscapes found in different parts of the United Arab Emirates: the fertile plains, the mountainous region, coastal areas and the desert environment. Some of RAK’S villages have been renovated and transformed into eco-resorts in the Northern Emirates.



Sharjah’s coastal enclave on the Indian Ocean has become the third site in the UAE, along with Ras Al Khor in Dubai and Wadi Waraya in Fujairah, to be listed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Maleiha and Kalba Ecotourism Projects and Sir Bu Nuair Island project, boosting Sharjah’s eco-tourism landscape.

Khor Kalba becomes 3rd UAE site hailed as globally significant wetland. The mangroves of Khor Kalba have been recognised as globally important wetlands by an international convention. The selection of the reserve as a Ramsar location is a huge step, which allows for the application of international systems in the area that will further preserve the biodiversity. It also supports species recognized as needing protection under the Red List of Threatened Species, a global database of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Sharjah’s Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife (BCEAW) was built for breeding the regionally endangered wildlife. It also serves as a base for research into all mammal, reptile, freshwater fish, amphibians and invertebrates species which inhabit the Arabian Peninisula. The BCEAW is also the base for the Captive Breeding Program for the, Critically Endangered, Arabian Leopard.

Um Al Quwain


Umm Al Quwain is located between the emirates of Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. It is the least populated of all other Emirates. Fishing is the local population’s primary means of income. Date farming also plays a significant role in the economy.

Al-Sinniyah Island, close to the town of Umm Al Quwain, is home to the United Arab Emirates largest Socotra Cormorant, with over 15,000 pairs making it the third largest colony in the world.

The modern history of Umm Al Quwain began some 200 years ago when the Al Ali tribe moved their capital from Al-Sinniyah Island to its present location in the mid-18th century due to declining water resources.

Umm Al Quwain has developed a sophisticated tourism industry, thanks to its beautiful beaches, pristine islands with mangrove forests, exotic flora and fauna, historical sites, and two water parks. The emirate is home to the UAE’s largest colony of Socotra Cormorants; with over 15,000 pairs, it is the third largest in the world. Recently introduced Arabian gazelle are prospering on Sinniyah Island, while a plethora of black tip reef sharks and green turtles call the waters of Umm Al Quwain home.

Umm Al Quwain’s archipelagos also make an exciting environmentally friendly tour. Witness low-lying islands separated by channels and creeks. Home to wildlife such as flamingos, storks and sharks; the islands are a stark contrast from bustling city life.