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Dubai Natural History Group


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Newcomers to the UAE often fail to realize how interesting and accessible – and alive – the many unique environments of the UAE can be.

The Dubai Natural History Group is a non-profit, all-volunteer group with a shared interest in learning more about natural history in general and the natural history of the UAE in particular.

The DNHG hosts monthly lectures, conducts field trips for members, maintains a small reference library, and circulates a monthly newsletter with DNHG news and events plus information about the natural history of the UAE.

“Natural history” for our purposes encompasses virtually all aspects of wildlife and the natural environment: animal life of all sorts – birds, fish, insects, mammals, reptiles, spiders and scorpions – as well as archeology, astronomy, botany, climate, conservation issues, geology, seashells, traditional culture, and underwater life.

The DNHG was formed by Dubai residents in the mid-1980s and since 2005 it has operated under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, the UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.


DNHG members number more than 250 individuals. Some are armchair naturalists who are content to enjoy our monthly lectures. Others are active weekend explorers of the deserts, mountains and seashores of the UAE. Still others devote much of their spare time to doing amateur scientific observation and research. Over the years, a number of DNHG members have contributed significantly to our knowledge of the wildlife and environments of the UAE.

Membership costs AED 50 per year for an individual or AED 100 per year for a family and includes eligibility for field trips and receipt of the monthly DNHG newsletter.

How can I join?

You can join or renew at our meetings or by sending us your details to:- P.O. Box 9234, Dubai UAE and a cheque made out to: Lloyds TSB Bank account no. 60600669933501. (Please note we cannot cash cheques made out to the DNHG.) Your details to include the full name (of each joining member), email address, PO Box address and mobile number. Alternatively once you have transferred membership monies to the above mentioned account you can then email the DNHG Membership secretary on with the transfer details and all your personal details which must include the full name (of each joining member), email address, and mobile number.

What do I get?

DNHG membership entitles you to participate in field trips and helps pay for our lecture hall, publication and distribution of our monthly newsletter, the Gazelle, additions to our library, incidental expenses of speakers and occasional special projects. To join, please contact the the Membership Secretary – see contact details under Committee members.

More Info

For more information about the DNHG write to us at P.O. Box 9234, Dubai or contact :

Chair: Gary Feulner ; Tel. +9714-306-5570; e-mail:

Vice Chair: Valerie Chalmers; Tel. +9714-394-8872; e-mail:

Membership Secretary: Aubrey Baugh; Tel. +9714-282-3952; e-mail:



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