Video, pictures: UAE leaders, Bahrain’s king visit Dubai’s heart-shaped lake

The 500,000-square-metre lake has thousands of trees, designated places for visitors to rest and walking tracks

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa arrived in the UAE this week, where he held talks with senior UAE leaders.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the UAE and Bahrain and means of improving them in ways that benefit the two countries, a statement said.

King Hamad was also taken on a desert tour in Al Marmoom area on Sunday by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed and other senior officials also accompanied them.

The tour included a stop at the recently opened heart-shaped lake, which was created following directives by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to stand as symbol of acceptance, tolerance and coexistence between cultures.

The 500,000-square-metre lake has thousands of trees and designated places for visitors to rest, walking tracks and parking lots for around 500 vehicles. The lake attracts migrating birds and desert wildlife such as foxes, gazelles, falcons, ducks and some reptiles.

King Hamad praised the site, calling it “a novel approach to attract visitors to the desert”.

Pictures of the visit as well a video of the tour were posted by Dubai Media Office on Twitter.