Thirty rescue operations were carried out during the recent Eid al-Adha holidays at Khor Al Udeid Natural Reserve, a senior officer of the Khor Al Udeid Unit at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Natural Protectorate Department, said.
Mohamed Hassan told local Arabic daily Arrayah that these operations were mostly freeing vehicles stuck in the sands, or sunk on the beach due to the ebb and flow of the sea.
"Some visitors to the area often do not have enough experience to drive their vehicles over the sand and do not take the necessary precautions before venturing into the sand dunes, which requires certain low pressure of the tyres, especially with this hot weather condition," he explained.
Accordingly, the rescue operations were conducted by the Unit in co-operation with the Coast Guard, and other rescue teams.
He said that around 50-70 vehicles used to visit the reserve during the Eid holidays, which is less than the same period last year due to the hot and humid weather. The work at Khor Al Udeid Natural Reserve goes on round the clock in shifts all year round, where 11 environment inspectors conduct regular and continuous patrols to spot any violations of the visiting vehicles.
The official added that the inspectors issued 25 environmental violations to the visitors during Eid al-Adha holidays. About half of these violations were regarding using charcoal and barbecue on the sands and the others include throwing rubbish at undesignated areas.