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Insider guide to Abu Dhabi Kayaking 2024

Abu Dhabi is blessed with numerous kayaking options that can be enjoyed in any of its multiple kayaking hotspots. This Kayaking Abu Dhabi insider guide prepared by Arabiers gives you a good insight into the ideal kayaking venues in Abu Dhabi and some useful tips that will help you choose a memorable kayaking experience.

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Best Kayaking Locations in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is teeming with lush mangrove forests that lie among spectacular beaches, both of which are ideal places to give kayaking a go when in the city. Numerous professional companies offer kayaking adventures and mentioned below is a list of the top venues to have a memorable kayak experience.

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking
Eastern mangrove promenade
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Visitors are mostly used to seeing Abu Dhabi's modern side; creative high-rises, award-winning restaurants, record-breaking attractions and gigantic malls, to name a few. If you think that Abu Dhabi is all about the glam, discover it's raw side by boarding a kayak and paddling your way through the meandering canals of the eastern mangroves situated harmoniously amidst the metropolis. Open your mind to a whole new perspective of Abu Dhabi by picking a preferred timing (7AM, 9AM, 11AM, 2PM & 4PM) and follow your guide into the heart of this natural wonder. As you navigate through the mangroves you might spot rare species of birds, a variety of marine and mammal life, turtles, foxes and even some flamingos.

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Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Best for : Those who visiting Sir Bani Yas island

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Top tip : Book a stay in Sir Bani Yas island

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Approximate Cost : 160 AED per adult & 130 AED per child

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking
Eastern mangrove promenade
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Are you ready to try out a unique way of sightseeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi's mind-blowing structure? Get hold of an oar and guide your way around it on board a kayak. Designed by a star architect, the Louvre's architecture is a masterpiece in itself as it is inspired by many Emirati elements. A professional guide will accompany you during this 60-minute tour. To maintain high safety standards a small briefing is given about paddling and other safety procedures before the tour starts. Kayakers of all levels are welcome and no experience is required for beginner kayakers. Parents or guardians should accompany children between 6 to 12 years of age. Guests opting for this tour are requested to dress appropriately. Changing rooms are present in close proximity to the meeting point. In case of sudden changes in weather the activities can be postponed or cancelled. If a session is cancelled you will be notified via phone. Cash and credit card payments are accepted for this experience.

Available dates and timings :

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM and 7:00PM

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking
Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Best for : Getting close to Louvre Museum

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Top tip : Special Full Moon Kayaking Tour

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Contact details : +971555334238

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Approximate Cost : AED120 per person

Jubail Island kayaking

Jubail Island kayaking
Jubail Island South launch point
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Jubail Island kayaking
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Noukhada Kayak Tours

Positioned between Saadiyat and Yas islands, Jubail 15 minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi and is a darling due to the stunning seashore sceneries it promises. Covering a total of 400 hectares of luxury and mid-range residential areas, retail options, offices and restaurants doesn't limit its capability to sustain Jubail's native mangrove ecosystem. You will be surprised by the amazing kayaking experience.

Jubail Island kayaking
Jubail Island kayaking

Best for : Get to know more about Jubail Island

Jubail Island kayaking

Top tip : Book in advance for high tide

Jubail Island kayaking

Contact details : +9712 558 1889

Jubail Island kayaking

Approximate Cost : AED 200 per person

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Al Bahia Beach kayaking
Al Bahia Beach, Abu Dhabi
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Al Bahia Beach kayaking
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Noukhada Kayak Tours

Grab a paddle and explore the shores of Abu Dhabi's Al Bahia beach with the help of your experience guide. This location is ideal for kayaking enthusiasts of all levels and promises a memorable experience sure to the serene atmosphere and good views. If this is your first time kayaking, the guide will happily arrange a 30 minute hands-on lesson before your kayaking experience begins.

Al Bahia Beach kayaking
Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Best for : Exploring shore of Abu Dhabi

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Top tip : Book in advance

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Contact details : +971 55 8855055

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Approximate Cost : Single Kayak 2 hours at 250 AED

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking
Zaya Nurai Island welcome center 10 minutes away from Yas Mall
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Zaya Nurai Island kayaking
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Zaya Nurai Play

Enjoy a spectacular kayaking experience in the waters of an island regarded as the Maldives of UAE. The Zaya Nurai Island also has stand up paddle boarding experiences in addition to kayaking. These two activities are ideal to enjoy the Azure blue waters and the stunning views that surround it. This stunning island is a mere 12-minute boat ride away from the cultural Saadiyat island and a 60 minute drive from downtown Dubai. Some of this island resort's attractive features are it's lush greenery, soft sand and stunning water.

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking
Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Best for : Weekend gateway

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Top tip : Look out for day pass

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 506 6222

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Approximate Cost : Day passes at the cost of AED 480, AED420 can be redeemable on F&B, spa and activities.

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain
Al Ain (1 hour away from Abu Dhabi)
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Extending over 1,100 meters, the whitewater channels at Wadi are regarded as the lengthiest in the world. Don't be spooked by its size as this location is ideal for anyone from beginners to experts. In addition to safety checks and pre-tour safety briefings, all rapids have a conveyor belt access. Safety gear is provided and lessons are also conducted for anyone who wants to learn the ropes before trying kayaking.

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain
Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Best for : Adventurous kayakers

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Top tip : Wear sports & Park 11am-7pm, Open Beach 3pm-7pm

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Contact details : +971 3 781 8422

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Approximate Cost : 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults

Saadiyat island kayaking

Saadiyat island kayaking
Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi
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The 400m lengthy beach of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island is an ideal location for eco-friendly water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. The warm waters that engulf this island are also frequented by dolphins that pop their heads up for a hello during kayaking sessions.

Saadiyat island kayaking
Saadiyat island kayaking

Best for : Who is staying Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort or near by

Saadiyat island kayaking

Top tip : Book in advance

Saadiyat island kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 811 4444

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking
Hiltonia, Corniche
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Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking
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Watercool UAE

More populated compared to other Abu Dhabi kayaking spots doesn't prevent guests from having an amazing experience kayaking in the Abu Dhabi corniche. A 75 minute kayaking expedition will let you go from Hiltonia beach club to the UAE flagpole and back. If you stay close to the coast you can clearly spot attractions like the Abu Dhabi theater, Heritage Village, Marina Mall,etc and also get a good perspective of the Abu Dhabi skyline. If you are more of an experienced kayaker then a 4 hour kayaking trip to Lulu island and back is also an option you should consider trying.

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking
Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Best for : Who is staying Abu Dhabi corniche area

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Top tip : Kayak towards UAE biggest flag

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 681 1900

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Approximate Cost : AED 60 for 30 mins, AED 90 for an hour, AED 180 for two hours

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking
Anantara Al Yamm Resort
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Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking
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Nature-centric safaris, adventure excursions and spa retreats are few of the numerous activities that are available in Sir Bani Yas Island, a place that is regarded as the “World's Leading Tourism Destination”. One of the most popular of these activities is the expert-guided mangrove kayaking excursion that takes you between the lush mangroves of Abu Dhabi. Available throughout the year, this tour also includes a good lesson on the plants in the mangroves and their crucial role in the coastal environment. High tides are ideal for deeper exploration whereas low tide gives you a better chance of spotting crab, fish and many birds. Guides are well-experienced in emergency and safety procedures and provide hands-on instruction. Your kayak will be equipped with an emergency first aid kit and. You will be given a life jacket, but it is preferred if you wear clothes and shoes suitable for watersports as you have a high chance of getting wet. If the weather is sunny on your excursion day bring a hat and some sunscreen. A towel and some extra clothes will be necessary after the excursion. If you have access to waterproof camera equipment it's recommended you bring them along as the photo opportunities are high.

Sir Bani Yas Island Kayaking
Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Best for : Those who visiting Sir Bani Yas island

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Top tip : Book a stay in Sir Bani Yas island

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 681 1900

Kayaking Rates list

Location Per adult – AED Per child - AED Remarks
Eastern mangroves 160 130 Single, double, family kayak boats available
Louvre Abu Dhabi 120 120 full moon tour around the museum available
Jubail Island 200 120 Needs to be booked in advance
Al Bahia Beach 250 120 2 hours tour
Zaya Nurai island 250 120 Day passes at the cost of AED 480, AED 420 can be redeemable on F&B, spa and activities.
Wadi Adventure 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m
Saadiyat island 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m
Abu Dhabi corniche 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m
Sir bani yas island 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m

Safety Tips for Kayaking in Abu Dhabi

  • Wear a life jacket at all times while kayaking.
  • Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and a hat.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for other boats and watercraft.
  • Avoid kayaking in rough or choppy waters, especially during strong winds.
  • Familiarize yourself with basic kayaking techniques and know how to properly use your paddle.
  • Inform someone about your kayaking plans and estimated return time.
  • Stay close to the shore and avoid venturing too far out into open water, especially if you're a beginner.
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Best Time to Kayak in Abu Dhabi - Sunrise Or Sunset

Comparing the aspects of kayaking during sunrise and sunset in Abu Dhabi can help you to make informed decisions based on your preferences and priorities.

Aspect Sunrise Sunset
Weather Conditions Generally calm and tranquil waters Calm conditions with decreasing winds
Temperature Cooler temperatures, ideal for paddling Gradual decrease in temperature
Lighting Soft, golden hues create stunning scenery Vibrant colors and dramatic sky
Wildlife Viewing Increased chances of spotting wildlife Potential to see marine life and birds
Crowds Fewer crowds, serene atmosphere Possibility of more kayakers, but still enjoyable
Photography Excellent for capturing sunrise reflections Beautiful sunset silhouettes and colors
Duration Longer duration as it starts early in the morning Shorter duration as it ends early in the evening
Safety Adequate visibility, but be cautious of glare Ensure visibility with proper lighting

Photography Opportunity while Kayaking in Abu Dhabi

Kayaking in Abu Dhabi offers excellent photography opportunities. Capture the breathtaking skyline, iconic landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the natural beauty of the coastline from a unique perspective. Wildlife encounters, including dolphins, sea turtles, and colorful fish, add excitement to every paddle.Don't forget to bring a waterproof camera or smartphone case to protect your device while capturing memorable moments on the water.

Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Things to do at Eastern
Mangrove Lagoon National Park
  • Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National park kayaking guided tour
  • Eastern Mangrove stand up paddling
  • Eastern Mangrove Eco boat tour
  • Eastern Mangrove dhow boat sightseeing tour
  • Dine at BOA steak house restaurant
  • Mangrove promenade restaurants and walking

The Environmental Impact of Kayaking in Abu Dhabi

Kayaking in Abu Dhabi lets us enjoy the beautiful waters and coastline, but we need to be careful about how it affects the environment. Here's what we can do to be responsible

Respect Wildlife

When kayaking, stay away from places where animals live and try not to bother them. We should give them space and not disturb their homes.

Keep it Clean

Let's make sure we don't leave any trash behind when we go kayaking. We should pick up after ourselves and throw away our trash properly.

Protect Nature

Be gentle when paddling to avoid harming plants and animals in the water. Things like mangroves and coral reefs are important homes for marine life, so we need to be careful around them.

Use Safe Products

When we're out in the sun, let's use sunscreen that's safe for the environment. It's better for the water and the creatures living in it.

Follow the Rules

It's important to know the rules for kayaking in Abu Dhabi. We should stick to the paths and areas allowed for kayaking, and follow any speed limits.

Spread the Word

We can help by telling others about how to kayak responsibly. The more people know, the better we can take care of our environment.

Local Kayaking Events in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi hosts fun kayaking events that everyone can enjoy. These events happen throughout the year and offer something for everyone, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned kayaker. Here are some of the events you can look forward to :

Abu Dhabi Kayak Races
Abu Dhabi Kayak Races

Join in on the excitement of kayak races organized by local clubs and sports groups. You can compete in different races like sprints or long-distance challenges. It's a great way to test your skills and have some fun on the water.

Sunset Kayaking Tours
Sunset Kayaking Tours

Experience the magic of sunset while kayaking along Abu Dhabi's beautiful coastline. These tours are relaxing and guided, and often include guided paddling excursions, allowing participants to explore hidden coves, mangrove forests, and scenic waterways while taking in breathtaking views of the Abu Dhabi skyline.

Kayak Clean-up Events
Kayak Clean-up Events

Help keep Abu Dhabi's waterways clean by joining kayak clean-up events. Participants paddle around and pick up trash to help protect the environment and keep our waters clean for everyone to enjoy.

Family-Friendly Kayak Festivals
Family-Friendly Kayak Festivals

Bring the whole family to kayak festivals held at Abu Dhabi's waterfronts. There are lots of activities for everyone, like kayaking lessons, games, and food stalls. It's a great way to spend time together outdoors.

Kayak Fishing Tournaments
Kayak Fishing Tournaments

If you love fishing, try your luck in kayak fishing tournaments. Compete with others to catch the biggest fish from your kayak. It's a thrilling experience that combines fishing with kayaking fun.

Moonlight Kayaking Expeditions
Abu Dhabi Kayak Races

Discover the enchantment of paddling under the moonlight with guided moonlight kayaking expeditions. These calm and special events usually happen in the peaceful waters around Abu Dhabi, offering a quiet and beautiful nighttime adventure.

Companies offering kayaking in Abu Dhabi

  • If you are looking for a thrilling activity for the whole family to enjoy, Sea Hawk’s Kayaking trips along the Abu Dhabi mangrove forests is the ideal option to choose. Kids between 3 to 12 years of age are charged 130 AED (USD 30) and adults are charged 160 AED (USD 41).
  • Abu Dhabi’s front runner in Kayaking excursions, Noukhada offers a more picturesque excursion into ABu Dhabi’s natural mangroves and around numerous islands that offer a spectacular view of the city’s imposing skyline. You can choose the Low or High Tide Kayaking tour that is priced at 150 AED (USD 41) for roughly 2 hours. The monthly full moon tour is a special option that is priced at 200 AED (USD 54) per person. If you have enough time to spare you can go for Noukhada’s half-day island exploring tours for a price 250 AED (USD 67) per person with optional add-ons like beach BBQ for 350 AED (USD 95) per person or overnight camping for 450 AED (USD 123) per person. They also have Kayaks, windsurfing boards, SUPs and sailing boats for rent along with lessons too.
  • Wadi adventure amazingly combines the fun of water with the thrill of adrenaline with its many exciting tours. The region’s first artificial white water rafting, kayaking in the world’s longest kayaking channel (1.7 kilometre) and surfing are offered at the base of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain. Lessons are taught by well-qualified trainers and are available for adventurers of all levels. You can bring your own gear or rent it out from the on-site shop.
  • Numerous marine sports and activities like Kayaking are offered In WMSC (Western Marine Sports Club) which is Al Dhafra’s first watersport provider.
  • Kayaking excursions through Sir Bani Yas Island are offered by the Desert Islands Watersports Centre. This no-fishing area extends for a stretch of 8 kilometres.

List of parks in Abu Dhabi

01Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Things to do at Eastern
Mangrove Lagoon National Park
  • Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National park kayaking guided tour
  • Eastern Mangrove stand up paddling
  • Eastern Mangrove Eco boat tour
  • Eastern Mangrove dhow boat sightseeing tour
  • Dine at BOA steak house restaurant
  • Mangrove promenade restaurants and walking

Situated in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi’s city centre, the mangrove forests of the Mangrove National Park plays a vital role in the Emirate’s ecosystem. Ths biodiversity hotspot is regulated by the EAD (Environment Agency Abu Dhabi) and makes up 75 percent of the mangrove forests in the UAE. In addition to mangroves, the forests constitute algal communities. salt marshes and mud flats. A safe haven for humans and animals alike, the mangroves are not only a home to a variety of aquatic animals, bird species, mammals and reptiles but also protects the region from tidal surges as the trees act as windbreakers. It also plays a role in purifying the water and reducing carbon dioxide in the air. Crabs, herons, flamingos, turtles, foxes and dolphins are few of the commonly sighted animals.

02Jubail Mangrove Park
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Things to do at
Jubail Mangrove Park
  • Jubail island kayaking
  • Walking tour of mangrove & visiting the floating platform
  • Meet the rangers & ask various aspects of ecology
  • Group tour - larger groups, including school tours and tourists
  • Bird watching

Abu Dhabi’s first mangrove park that is self-sustained and offers educational, natural and leisure excursions. This mangrove sanctuary is a safe spot for birds and aquatic species. The park is equipped with boardwalks that guide visitors to different areas. The park strives to inculcate awareness, appreciation and understanding of the crucial roles the mangrove forests play in supporting the biodiversity of the Abu Dhabi coastal belt.

03Abu Dhabi corniche
Abu Dhabi corniche
Things to do at Abu Dhabi corniche
  • JCornice kayaking
  • Cornice bicycling
  • E-scooter ride
  • Cornice Kayaking from Hiltonia Beach Club
  • Visit The Founder's Memorial
  • Visit marina mall
  • Ride on the marina eye
  • Visit Heritage village Abu Dhabi

The 8 kilometre-long corniche road shows off a perfectly manicured waterfront equipped with kid’s play areas , cafes, restaurants and separate pathways for walking and cycling. The corniche beach park has numerous beach umbrellas that are filled in the weekends. The beach is watched by lifeguards and a floating ence keeps swimmers within a 40 meter distance from the shore. The Abu Dhabi Corniche is given the cherished Blue Flag Status, an eco-friendly guarantee which indicates clean waters in beaches and marinas. The corniche is sectioned into families, singles and a general area to accommodate the 50,000 orso visitors that visit this attraction.

Kayak shop Abu Dhabi

If you enjoy doing things solo-style or want to own a kayak and kayak around during the weekends, listed below are some kayak shops that sell kayaking gear and other necessities.

Kayak shop Abu Dhabi
Adventure HQ
Address:
Adventure HQ, Dalma Mall- Abu Dhabi -
United Arab Emirates

Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

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GO Sport
GO Sport
Address:
3rd Floor, Abu Dhabi Mall - Abu Dhabi -
United Arab Emirates

Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

Checkout the available boat and paddles

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Tactical-Trading (Abu Dhabi Branch)
Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

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Gulf Marine Sports
Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

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Kayaking events

Kayaking events

Not many kayaking events are held in Abu Dhabi, however you could join for a kayaking group at meet up

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Paddle boarding (SUP) in Abu Dhabi

Captain Tony organizes amazing tours that explore the depths of the mangrove natural reserve with trainers who are professional,friendly and well-trained. The provider offers guided tours and SUP rentals. Although hydro marine were the front runners of SUP in the eastern mangrove, Captain Tony has taken over.
Eywoa provides Paddle boarding in the Yas Island Canal with an option of three different paths. The paths differ in the time duration and gives the guest flexibility to choose which option suits best for their available time. The green path, blue path and yellow path that operates for a duration of 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 120 minutes respectively. Eywoa provides a board paddle, best and small dry bag on all their tours. Visit now: www.eywoa.com
The Western Marine Sports Club (WMSC) in Al Dhafra offers watersports like paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, kneeboarding, parasailing, pedal board and many more.
Kayaking events
Kayaking events
Courses in sailing, powerboating, wind surfing, SUP, kayaking and water skiing are offered by Watercooled Watersports. Activities like Zap Cat thrill rides, towed inflatables and fishing are also provided. Visit now: www.watercooleduae.com
A unique, lifestyle and leisure locale, the Jalboot watersports centre boasts a spectacular waterfront that offers both motorized and non motorized activities. Organized by wake up adventure and Jalboot guests can experience SUP yoga, wakeboarding and more. Visit now: www.jalboot.ae

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