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Discover Dubai's stunning wildlife

Mon, August 24, 2020

Spot the camels in the desert or pay a visit to the beautiful flamingos in the wetlands.

Spot the camels in the desert or pay a visit to the beautiful flamingos in the wetlands.


Go camel trekking


For an authenic Bedouin experience, try trekking across desert on a camel, which is known as the 'ship of the desert'. Arabian Adventures offers a one-of-a-kind camel tour during the cooler months, where you can blaze a trail through sand dunes while learning about Arabian wildlife from experts. Stop for refreshments by the lakeside and enjoy a quiet afternoon away from the city buzz, taking in the serene landscape. Don't have enough time to make it out to the desert? Vendors located along Jumeirah Beach offer camel rides for both adults and children.


Train your eye on falcons

Emiratis regard falcons with immense pride and there's no wonder it's the national bird of the UAE. You can learn more about the history of falconry in Dubai at the Falcon Museum before heading into the desert to see these majestic birds of prey up close. Platinum Heritage's private falconry experience is a popular choice, with guests able to handle and feed the regal bird under the careful supervision of expert trainers.


Explore an indoor rainforest

Think a tropical rainforest in the bustling city centre is out of the realm of imagination? Think again. The Green Planet is a fully-immersive indoor vertical rainforest in Dubai's popular City Walk district. Visitors can embark on an expedition like no other and see over 3,000 colourful animals and plants under one glass-domed roof. Get close to lovable sloths or the nocturnal sugar gliders. Feeling brave? You can pet a python or witness fruit bats at the unique ‘bat cave’ experience.


Meet the rare oryx

The Arabian oryx has been brought back from the brink of extinction by a tireless government-funded breeding program. Thanks to its efforts, the oryx was downgraded to the less drastic ‘vulnerable’ status in 2011. Today, the white-haired relative of the antelope can be found grazing on native grasses and shrubs along desert dunes. Go on a wildlife tour across the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in an open-roof 1950s vintage Land Rover with Platinum Heritage to observe the majestic creature up close.


Admire the flamingos


These beautiful birds with bright pink feathers and stilt legs are a sight to behold. You can watch hundreds of them in their natural habitat at the free-to-enter Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary during the cooler months. It is the perfect spot to explore and admire various species of birds, as it has the highest concentration of local birdlife in the region. If you are passionate about photography, this landscape also offers a great backdrop of the city skyline peeking out from the horizon.

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