Upcoming Lectures

Sunday, 08 June 2014

Lecture Title – “Re-stitching and Intervention in Sharjah’s Souqs” by Peter Jackson

The lecture will describe the original extent and character of Sharjah’s souqs, and their significance for Sharjah during the 19th century. It records partial demolition during redevelopment in the 1970s. In 2009, the Ruler instructed the covering of Souq Saqr and reconstruction of its gates. The new roof is both modern and traditional in spirit, its design maximising natural cooling, to blend contemporary functional requirements with traditional form and materials. Each phase of the project has had to be completed keeping the souq fully operational. Following recent archaeological survey and excavation, a final phase will restore its broken continuity across Bank Street.


Peter Jackson studied architecture at University College London, working first in London, Dubai, Muscat and Zambia during the 1970s. In 1980 he established an architectural practice in Zimbabwe, also with projects in Botswana and Mozambique. Returning to the UAE in 2002, in 2007 he joined HH The Ruler’s Office in Sharjah as Architect Advisor, with particular responsibilities for museums and historic buildings. He was founding Chairman of the English-speaking Chapter of the UAE Architectural Heritage Society for its first five years. He lectures frequently and has written books, papers and articles on his architectural historical research. Peter has been an active member of the DNHG and the RIBAgulf Chapter & is author of “Historic Buildings of Harare” (Harare, 1986) and co-author of “Windtower” (London 2007).


Sunday, 04 May  2014  

Lecture Title – “The Arabian Gulf: A Natural History of its Environment and Ecosystems” – presented by Dr. John Burt - Assistant Professor and Head of NYUAD Marine Biology Laboratory, New York University Abu Dhabi


Dr. Burt is the head of the Marine Biology Laboratory at New York University Abu Dhabi. Dr. Burt has extensive experience working on coral reefs throughout the Gulf and surrounding region, and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on the marine ecology of the Gulf. Dr. Burt’s lab has a strong capacity building focus and he has offered multiple marine monitoring and research training workshops to UAE and GCC national stakeholders in recent years and has hosted the largest ever regional conference ‘Coral Reefs of the Gulf’ in 2012 attended by representatives from 19 different countries, including every GCC nation. His research team examine the implications for environmental extremes and climate change on coral and coral reef fish communities.

Sunday, 06 April  2014  

Lecture Title – “UAE Dolphin Project: update from a new research initiative” – presented by Dr. Ada Natoli

The talk will focus on:

- General introduction about whales and dolphins and their adaptation to water, being mammals,

- Importance of studying dolphin for the conservation of the marine environment

- Review of the actual knowledge available for these species in UAE and the Gulf

- Introduction of the targets of the UAE Dolphin Project initiative

- First research results

- How the public can help


Ada Natoli is a specialist in population genetics. applied to conservation of species. Her main interests are investigating the evolutionary mechanisms generating population structure, and supporting conservation and management programmes.

She focuses her research on marine mammals but has been working on turtles and has a broad background covering plant genetics & general ecology. She holds a PhD in molecular ecology from the University of Durham, UK, where she completed her thesis on the molecular ecology of bottlenose and common dolphins, comparing these species and their population structure on a worldwide scale and in the Mediterranean Sea. Ada also spent a number of years conducting field research with the Tethys Research Institute, working on several projects monitoring the cetacean population in the Mediterranean Sea and Canary Islands.

She recently launched the UAE Dolphin Project (www.uaedolphinproject.org) a new initiative that aims to raise public awareness and gather scientific information to assess the status of the local dolphin populations and support their conservation.

She is member of the IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, has been associated to UAE University as adjunct assistant professor, and collaborates with several universities and international organisations in UK, Italy, Australia and New Zealand


Visitors and new members are welcome.

For further information, contact Vice Chairman Valerie Chalmers at 04-394-8871 or valeriechalmers@gmail.com
All programs start promptly at 20:00 hrs. (8 pm) and last for about an hour with question time to follow.
Our venue is the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, just off Beach Road in Umm Suqeim, near the Burj Al-Arab.

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About DNHG

Newcomers to the UAE often fail to realize how interesting and accessible – and alive – the many unique environments of the UAE can be. 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.

More Info

For more information about the DNHG write to us

@ P.O. Box 9234, Dubai or contact :


Chairman: Gary Feulner

Tel. ++9714-306-5570 | e-mail: grfeulner@gmail.com


Vice Chairman:  Valerie Chalmers

Tel. ++9714-394-8871 | e-mail: valeriechalmers@gmail.com


Membership Secretary: Anindita Radhakrishna

Tel. ++9714-282-3952 | e-mail: anin@emirates.net.ae