Jahra Nature Reserve: an oasis of calm

By Nawara Fattahova

After four years of preparatory work, the Jahra nature reserve is finally open to the public. Managed by the Public Environment Authority (EPA), the reserve welcomes visitors every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The reserve covers an area of ​​18 square kilometers, from Khuwaisat in the north to Jaber Al-Ahmad in the south.

Prior online reservation is required to visit Jahra Reserve. Only two groups can enter at a time for a period of 90 minutes. The registration fee is at least KD 10 for a group of five people or less, with a supplement of KD 2 for each additional person. Visitors must park their vehicles outside the reserve and will be taken in golf carts to tour the reserve.

“The lakes in this reserve set it apart from other nature reserves in Kuwait. About 330 migratory birds can be found here, in addition to local birds. If the visitor is lucky, he may spot a fox or other predators, ”Nasser Al-Shimmari of the EPA’s public relations department told the Kuwait Times.

Large areas of the reserve are covered with Phragmites, a plant rarely seen in other parts of Kuwait. “It grows here mainly because the soil is constantly wet. There are around 70 kinds of plants here, including mangroves that grow near the sea. Because these plants are not found in other areas, many Kuwaiti soap operas have been filmed here, ”he said. underline.

“The people of Jahra called this area Kadhma, which was fenced off to be a protectorate in 1987. Currently, there are two observatories here, which will soon be upgraded to nine. Each group will use an observatory. We will also improve these observatories in the future by adding seats and tables for visitors to rest, ”explained Shimmari.

The opening of the Jahra reserve to the public, according to EPA officials, aims to revive local ecotourism, amid a shortage of entertainment facilities in the country, especially after the pandemic. EPA officials said more reserves and protectorates will be opened by the EPA in the future, especially in the south of the country, to serve as national parks. Another park will soon open in Doha near the Jahra reserve to serve the inhabitants of this area. To book your visit, visit the official website www.epa.gov.kw

– Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat and Shakir Reshamwala

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