Sustainable tourism 'can preserve cultural heritage'

05/12/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Sustainable tourism 'can preserve cultural heritage'

A new kind of sustainable tourism can help protect the cultural heritage of the UAE.That is the view of Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary general of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, who has argued that the tourism sector has a critical role to play in reducing carbon emissions.Ms Al Mubarak was speaking at the World Green Tourism conference, which opened in Abu Dhabi earlier today (December 5th)."Abu Dhabi has a fantastic natural heritage with a real mix of geology, habitats and species, on land and in the sea. Several million birds each year pass through Abu Dhabi on their migration from the heart of Asia southwards to Africa, or eastwards to India or beyond," she explained to people seeking property in the UAE and others."In addition to the biodiversity value, the natural environment of the UAE is closely associated with the cultural heritage of the Emirati people."