Dalma Island a natural place of interest to the UAE. As it one of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent tourist destinations. A living historical testament to the region’s ancient past and authenticity of heritage and civilization.
Dalma Island is one of the most beautiful tourist islands in the Arabian Gulf. And is about forty-two kilometers off the coast of Abu Dhabi, and about three hundred. And four kilometers from the center of abu Dhabi. One of the best tourist places located in Abu Dhabi and in the UAE in general, and according to studies. Twenty archaeological sites have been identified on The Island of Dalma mostly due to the late stone era. Which increased its importance as one of the Abu Dhabi’s archaeological islands. The island also contains a lot of farms belonging to the ruling family. In addition to the most important attractions of the Emirates on this island. Namely the palace of the late Ruler Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. Today we will highlight more on the geographical location of Dalma Island.
Why Dalma Island is named after this:
Dalma Island was formerly known as Pearl Island. Because it was the region’s primary source of pearl extractio. Played a prominent role in the periods when diving was known and active in the area. In the south of Dalma island is a village named al-Jazeera. The main settlement of which is inhabited by about 12,000 people. Who are from several tribes, including al-Hasana and Al-Mazari, as well as Bani Hammad and Al-Qassiyat. The most inhabited place is the village of Dalma. Which is located on the southern shores of the island. And some people live in the middle of the island, where the mountain is popular. Some who live in the newly established Dalma popular area as a result of the sea.
The geographical location of Dalma Island:
- Dalma Island is located in the north-western part of Sir Bani Yas Island, a desert island in Abu Dhabi, and Dalma Island is characterized by being the center that has been teeming with pearl making in the Gulf for more than 7,000 years, and the island has swaying palm trees, 250 kilometers from Abu Dhabi, and that island consists of 8 islands, namely Bani Yas Island, and six small islands Size, which are uninhabited islands, are environmental reserves for wildlife conservation.
About the history of Dalma Island:
- Dalma Island is one of the oldest inhabited places in the UAE, a number of international archaeologists with the support of the UAE government surveyed more than twenty archaeological sites on the island, in 1992 AD, and discovered that the island was a maritime center of ancient trade between the countries of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and the island has remained of great importance over the centuries, evidenced by the explanations of travel and excursions dating back to the 17th century.
- It was not until the invention of industrial pearls in the first half of the 20th century that the island lost its importance as a centre of international trade, that the island’s importance remained as a result of containing more than 200 wells, making it an important source of fresh water for the 1950s.
Dalma Island Transportation
The people of Dalma Island rely on both maritime and air transport to reach them. However, shipping is the preferred way to transport goods and passengers to and from the island. There is only one cruise line to the island, which is through a flooded port in Mount Dhanna, followed by a passenger speedboat and a ferry for the transport of cars and goods. The speedboat takes about 1:15 p.m. to reach Dalma, and the doba takes approximately 2.5 hours. The fleet consists of two 40-passenger Gulfar 1 fast-track and a 15-person Gulfvar2 and two phrases, Dana, which is 500 tons and allowed and has a capacity of 350 tons, and another ferry is scheduled to be introduced in April 2008. Previously, there were direct speedboat flights between Abu Dhabi and Dalma.
Air transport runs daily between Dalma Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport and two flights on Thursday and Saturday, with a 40-minute journey. Trips are also going on to transport EMIRATES students from Al Ain through Abu Dhabi.