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 operatedunder the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, for many years the UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and currently the UAE Minister for Culture, Youth, and Social Development.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the transfer details and all your personal details which must include the full name (of each joining member), email address, and mobile number.
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.
DNHG Library – see more information under Resources/DNHG Library
The DNHG maintains a modest and eclectic collection of books, pamphlets, maps, and reprints and photocopies of articles from scientific journals relating to the natural history of the UAE and Arabia generally. These include many arcane and hard-to-find publications.
Tribulus – see more information under Resouces/Tribulus
Tribulus is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the ENHG–Abu Dhabi and devoted to original research relating to the natural history of the UAE and Eastern Arabia.
Online Guides see more information under Resouces/Online Guides
Several excellent Arabian field guides that are not readily available in print have been made available online with the cooperation of the concerned authors. All of the above publications are found on the www.enhg.org website hosted by the ENHG–Al-Ain.