In a region dominated by arid landscapes, Barr Al Hikman is a wetland pearl. An oasis for nature that is intricately connected to its history and dynamic natural processes. As well as the national and international significance of the area for birds, turtles, whales and fish, this wetland is of paramount importance for people. Its function as a fish nursery is vital to the region. This wetland is so special, and yet so little known, that we feel its story needs to be shared. In this book we aim to unveil its secrets. Words alone cannot do it justice, so it is with pictures that we endeavour to capture the natural beauty and reveal its remarkable stories of life.