The Desert, with its living resources, was given a special interest and care by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed considered the desert, with all of its animal and plants a blessing from Allah that we should protect and use sustainably. Sheikh Zayed said: “Cooperation between human beings leads to compassion, which Allah has dedicated. Man has to compassionate towards his human brother, animals and plants. All will be compassionate towards the compassionate”. He also sought to protect and develop the various living resources in the UAE’s desert in order that they might live in harmony with urban and human development. In addition, he established many protected areas and issued environmental laws and regulations to ensure the sustainability of this natural wealth.