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Emirates Natural History Group, Al Ain Chapter


The Al Ain chapter meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (July, August and December excepted) at the Islamic Institute/Continuing Education, UAEU. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm. New members are always welcome.

The chapter has been in existence since 1980. ("The Al Ain group formally became the Al Ain Branch of the ENHG in 1980 but a regular liaison capacity is still required between the two groups. The Al Ain Branch has published its first Report and Proceedings (September 1980), a copy of which is in the library." -- Bulletin 13, March 1981)

The group organizes field trips that are normally held each weekend. From time to time, overnight weekend field trips are held. In all instances, the group makes an effort to include all individuals, regardless of age, physical condition or experience.

During each season, additional activities are organized for members with special interests. For example, members interested in challenging mountain hiking can join the events of the Ibrahim Zakhour Triple Crescent Award. This program offers individuals an opportunity to climb some of the more challenging peaks in the district. The chapter also has custodial care of insect specimens, the collection including specimens donated to the chapter by Mike Gillett and Brigitte Howarth. From June, 2006, the chapter has added the original collection of the Abu Dhabi chapter to the specimens kept in Al Ain.

The group has an email announcement group, courtesy of Individuals can use the subscription service on the home page of this website to subscribe by sending an email to If you are a Yahoo subscriber, joining directly at our site at Yahoo! Groups enables additional services including files and photographs.

The group maintains a library in facilities provided by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) in the Al Ain Palace Museum. The catalog for the library is maintained at the LibraryThing web site.

The Al Ain chapter is managed by a Committee of volunteers. The Committee meets at the Islamic Institute/Continuing Education, UAEU. All are welcome.

For the current season, the annual membership fee is Dh100 for an individual and Dh150 for a family.



Patron: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan