Tar-like substance washes up on Saadiyat beaches

ABU DHABI // Beachgoers have reported a tar-like substance washing ashore on Saadiyat Island’s beaches. On Monday morning, staff at Saadiyat Public Beach, managed by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), informed visitors about the substance, which they said was tar. One UAE resident, JM, said she noticed something was wrong during a […]

ABU DHABI // Beachgoers have reported a tar-like substance washing ashore on Saadiyat Island’s beaches.

On Monday morning, staff at Saadiyat Public Beach, managed by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), informed visitors about the substance, which they said was tar.

One UAE resident, JM, said she noticed something was wrong during a walk on Monday morning.

“It’s for miles, from Saadiyat Public Beach to past the St Regis [hotel],” she observed.

“They told us and they are trying to deal with it, they have workers scraping it up with brooms and putting it in plastic bags but it’s not enough,” she said.

Other beachgoers left the beach with what they claim is “tar” stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

Australian JM had to scrape the substance off her feet with a shell and said Saadiyat was one of the last beaches that was untouched by pollution and feared it was in danger now.

Another beachgoer, RT, said visitors were offered what she believed was paint thinner on their way out to get the substance off their feet.

“It’s still stuck to my feet, I can smell it, but on our way out they said that this something to get it off, it smelled like paint thinner, ” said RT.

A source at a UAE environmental agency said that this was not the first time they heard of these problems on Saadiyat.

“Professionals need to get on this,” the source said.

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Source: uae news

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