Khor Kalba Mangrove Center in Kalba City

by | Apr 22, 2021 | Projects

The enchanting landscape of Khor Kalba Mangrove Center in Kalba City (Sharjah) stands as a testament to nature’s splendor and man’s commitment to ecological preservation. In partnership with Cape Reed International, this groundbreaking project is a haven for biodiversity, dedicated to nurturing local wildlife and marine species.

A Natural Oasis of Biodiversity

Nestled on the east coast of the UAE, the Khor Kalba Mangrove Center emerged from a natural creek, forming a serene lagoon that teems with a diverse array of marine life and vibrant bird species. This natural reserve is a vital breeding ground, rich in nutrients, offering shelter, shade, and nesting opportunities both above and beneath the tranquil waters.

Cape Reed International’s Remarkable Contribution

Cape Reed International takes immense pride in its role in the Khor Kalba Mangrove Center project. The scope of their work encompassed a variety of timber projects carefully executed in the wildlife sanctuary. The construction process prioritized minimal invasiveness to ensure the preservation and protection of the area’s precious natural resources.

Overcoming Challenges, Achieving Excellence

The project encountered challenges posed by factors such as creek depth, daily tides, and dense vegetation. Despite these obstacles, the dedicated team at Cape Reed International completed the comprehensive scope of work within a remarkable 17-month timeframe. Notably, the foundation was established without the use of concrete or steel. Instead, timber poles were driven into specially augured holes, with depths reaching up to 4.5 meters.

The following was built:

  • Large aviary constructed with 11m long timber poles.
  • Small aviary for the breeding of king fisher birds.
  • Lath fencing to hide MEP equipment.
  • Timber pole screen for the café terrace and shop entrance.
  • Timber columns for the canvas structure shading the outdoor classroom along with timber decking and benches.
  • Timber posts for the site wide signage.
  • Flambor treated lath cladding for the interior of the visitor pods.
  • Three bird hides constructed at three different locations using timber posts, laths and halfround cladding.
  • An elevated timber walkway built with timber columns, decking and balustrades.
  • A timber bridge of 141m stretching across the lagoon.


The Khor Kalba Mangrove Center in Kalba City is a shining example of sustainable development and environmental stewardship. Cape Reed International’s dedication to preserving natural resources and their innovative timber construction methods have created a harmonious coexistence between man and nature. This sanctuary stands as a testament to the power of collaboration in creating a greener, more biodiverse future. Plan your visit to the Khor Kalba Mangrove Center and witness the beauty of nature’s masterpiece unfold before your eyes.


What is the significance of the Khor Kalba Mangrove Center?

The center serves as a crucial sanctuary for marine life and bird species, supporting biodiversity and ecological balance.

How did Cape Reed International contribute to the project?

Cape Reed undertook various timber projects with a focus on minimizing environmental impact, aligning with the sanctuary’s goals.

What were the challenges faced during construction?

Challenges included creek depth, tides, and dense vegetation, all of which were effectively overcome by the skilled project team.