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Abu Dhabi is rich in natural capital and heritage ‚Äď and¬†nowhere is this truer than along its spectacular coast.

White sand beaches, azure waters, coral reefs, offshore¬†fishing areas, mangroves, seagrass beds replete with¬†the world‚Äôs most important population of dugongs,¬†salt marsh, sabkha, and other coastal features that¬†characterise Abu Dhabi‚Äôs marine biodiversity and are¬†testimony to the productivity of these systems. Ecosystem¬†services ‚Äď the benefits that nature provides humanity ‚Ästhave been identified and preliminarily assessed. This study¬†takes that one step further towards robust quantification¬†of coastal ecosystem services values, focusing on the role¬†that natural capital plays in maintaining water quality and¬†preventing outbreaks of harmful algal blooms.