Emirates Diving Association give Shark Guardian a warm welcome at VOX Cinema in Dubai!

Emirates Diving Association was hugely supportive and helpful to Shark Guardian as we prepared for, and organised, our 12 day school tour in Dubai. On Wednesday 5th of February they also organised an event for all their members plus the general public. Around 140 people attended the event at VOX cinema in Mercato Mall and it was a fantastic night. Shark Guardian now have a new Shark Guardian Dive Center plus many new friends and important contacts from this event.

The lovely people at the EDA event 5th February 2014

The lovely people at the EDA event 5th February 2014

An event for Emirates Diving Association (EDA) members

EDA Shark Guardian event at VOX Mercato, Dubai

EDA Shark Guardian event at VOX Mercato, Dubai

Reema Al Abbas, Projects Manager at EDA, was our main helping hand and ensured the night went smoothly. Reema also organised our first school event at VOX on the Monday the 3rd for the DUNEHA home school group. It really was very special presenting in a cinema with an amazing huge screen and high tec sound systems.

A warm welcome and positive vibes for the future

The amazing cinema location for Shark Guardian

The amazing cinema location for Shark Guardian

Around 140 people attended the EDA event with locals, ex-pats and even members from Abu Dhabi attending. Executive Director Ibrahim Al Zu’bi gave a wonderful welcome speech and introduction. After the event there were lots of questions and positive feedback. Ibrahim rounded off the night with a nice thank you speech and suggested that this could be the start of a ‘Shark Link’ for the EDA and its magazine. He was also keen to learn more about Thailand eShark and how this could work in the UAE.

New friends and great to meet contacts

Ibrahim (far right) and Rima (2nd right) of EDA with some members at the VOX event

Ibrahim (far right) and Rima (2nd right) of EDA with some members at the VOX event

Shark Guardian enjoyed meeting many of the people who have helped make the Dubai trip a success. These include Marine Scientist and Shark Researcher based in Dubai, Rima Jibado.  We were able to clarify from Rima that there are actually 30 shark species now known to inhabit UAE waters, rather than the 28 confirmed prior to our visit. These 28 are on the posters which we were given by IFAW to donate to schools. The children absolutely loved them since they bring home the closeness of sharks to local countries.

A new Shark Guardian Dive Center

The audience at VOX cinema - around 140 people attended the Emirates Diving Association event

The audience at VOX cinema – around 140 people attended the EDA event

Shark Guardian will soon be announcing our new Shark Guardian Dive Center in Dubai. We are really pleased to have a new center on board and look forward to using this connection to help sell merchandise to raise much needed finds for our charity, as well as help organise future tours in Dubai and The UAE.

Thank you!

© Ally Landes - EDA Shark Guardian

Shark Guardian event hosted by Emirates Diving Association Feb 5th 2014

Thanks again to all involved in the planning of this evening as well as VOX cinemas for hosting the event. Thank you to everyone who attended – was great to chat to many new people and we look forward to meeting you all again.

© Ally Landes - EDA Shark Guardian School Presentation 2240

Shark Guardian at EDA event, Vox Mercato, Dubai

© Ally Landes - EDA Shark Guardian School Presentation 2248

Shark Guardian at EDA event, Vox Mercato, Dubai

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