NYUAD's Great Nurdle Hunt Attracts over 200 Volunteers

The largest Great Nurdle Hunt thus far, 200 volunteers collectively gathered more than 29,000 nurdles

Press Release

Over 200 volunteers, eco-organizations, and groups from schools and universities in the UAE came together this past weekend for the Great Nurdle Hunt – the largest edition thus far. Organized by NYU Abu Dhabi’s Office of Community Outreach, the Great Nurdle Hunt is an engaging event that aims to educate participants about the impact of plastic pollution around the world.

Participants were put into teams and asked to collect nurdles -  or small plastic pellets that often end up being spilled in the ocean - from the Park Hyatt Saadiyat beach during this unique variation of a beach clean-up. The 200 volunteers collectively gathered over 29,000 nurdles.  The data of nurdles is recorded and submitted as part of the global campaign “The Great Global Nurdle Hunt” organized by Fidra organization.


“The Nurdle Hunts give us a platform to engage the community on important dialogue surrounding plastic consumption and shifting towards more sustainable living in the UAE. Our participants arrived as volunteers but left as citizen scientists.”

NYUAD Associate Director of Community Outreach Suparna Mathur

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.