PADI® and Project AWARE® join together to congratulate the Government of Abu Dhabi for hosting the World Ocean Summit 2019. The announcement that the United Arab Emirates’ capital is to host global talks in March 2019 to support international efforts to protect the ocean was made at the close of the 2018 summit in Mexico where Project AWARE represented the global dive community and joined a number of organizations to discuss solution-focused initiatives.
While the United Arab Emirates may be known more for its shopping than its water sports, there is plenty to do and see underwater. It is a great place for all levels of diver. It is even the perfect place to earn your first scuba diving certification as most of the dive sites are relatively shallow and without heavy currents. Abu Dhabi, in particular, has a close relationship with the ocean, through its history as a centre for pearl diving, its resilient coral reefs and its mangroves sea grass meadows.
Bringing the World Ocean Summit to Abu Dhabi presents a unique opportunity to shine light on what the region has to offer as a scuba diving destination and involve the local community in conservation actions, with fins on and off, in the run-up to the summit.
The World Ocean Summit 2019 will be held March, 5-7. A key priority for the World Ocean Summit 2019 will be to foster greater cooperation and collaboration between different groups, and to serve as a bridge between the development of economic policies and protecting the marine environment. PADI and Project AWARE look forward to continuing to involve the dive community in local conservation actions in the Middle East, share our underwater perspective of global ocean issues, and support the success of the 2019 World Ocean Summit. But for now, we share Project AWARE’s message and ocean leaders’ call for action from the Ocean Summit 2018: