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Blue hole monitored in Al Dhafra region


It’s home to oceans of fish communities.

We’ve all heard of a black hole; a space that not even light can escape; but have you ever heard of a blue hole in Abu Dhabi?

Well if you haven’t, you’re going hear a lot more of it now as one of the rare formations is located in the waters of the Al Dhafra region it has been revealed.



Encompassing a total area of 45,000 square metres, the aqua habitat is believed to be the home of 10 types of coral species as well as a number of fish communities including grouper, sweetlips, emperor fish and jackfish.

According to the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the blue hole provides a significant glimpse of how historic reefs used to look like in Abu Dhabi.

To better understand the blue hole that is 12 metres deep and 200 metres wide, the EAD will be carrying out an environmental assessment survey of the blue hole.

A blue hole is a natural phenomenon characterised by a deep marine depression compared to the shallow areas that surround it.

The deepest blue hole in the world lies in the South China sea, reaching a depth of 300 metres.


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Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi

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