Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

View thousands of birds at Ras Al Khor
Just metres away from the bustling city of Dubai, you’ll find stunning birds in the wetlands of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Known as the ‘Cape of the Creek,’ Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 6.2sqkm and features a variety of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons that birds use for their nests and individual habitats.

Ras al Khor Wildife Sanctuary is one of the few urban protected areas in the arid zone. It is a wetland of global importance under the Ramsar Convention and recognised as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International. The sanctuary is fenced off to protect the area and is closely monitored by the Dubai Municipality.

This wetland reserve also serves as a breeding ground and home for crustaceans, mammals and fish, but it is the flamingos that steal the show in winter. Look closer among the mass of pink feathers and it's possible to spot grey herons, great egrets, reef herons, cormorants, black-winged stilts, sandpipers, osprey and more.

There are three bird hides located on the perimeter of the sanctuary which are free for the public to access during set daylight hours. These hides are the first step in an ongoing project to develop the protected area.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Just metres away from the bustling city of Dubai, you’ll find stunning birds in the wetlands of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Known as the ‘Cape of the Creek,’ Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 6.2sqkm and features a variety of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons that birds use for their nests and individual habitats.

Ras al Khor Wildife Sanctuary is one of the few urban protected areas in the arid zone. It is a wetland of global importance under the Ramsar Convention and recognised as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International. The sanctuary is fenced off to protect the area and is closely monitored by the Dubai Municipality.

This wetland reserve also serves as a breeding ground and home for crustaceans, mammals and fish, but it is the flamingos that steal the show in winter. Look closer among the mass of pink feathers and it's possible to spot grey herons, great egrets, reef herons, cormorants, black-winged stilts, sandpipers, osprey and more.

There are three bird hides located on the perimeter of the sanctuary which are free for the public to access during set daylight hours. These hides are the first step in an ongoing project to develop the protected area.
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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary +97146066831 rasalkhorwildlife@dm.gov.ae Ras Al Khor Road, Ras Al Khor - Dubai 55.3144901 25.1927775 October-March: Sat to Thu from 7.30am to 5:30pm, Fri from 2pm to 5.30pm. April-September: Sat to Thu from 6am to 6pm, Fri from 2pm to 6pm https://www.visitdubai.com/-/media/dctcm/pois/ras%20al%20khor%20wildlife%20sanctuary/thumb%20image/rasalkhor105x105jpg.jpg
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  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

    Opening Timing : October-March: Sat to Thu from 7.30am to 5:30pm, Fri from 2pm to 5.30pm. April-September: Sat to Thu from 6am to 6pm, Fri from 2pm to 6pm

    Address : Ras Al Khor Road, Ras Al Khor - Dubai

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  • Rating Image
    9 Nov 2019
    by NICHOLAS T
  • Stunning nature and flamingoes 30 minutes from Downtown
    Accessible by road or a sandy walk from Dubai Design District along Dubai Creek, the wildlife sanctuary is home to thousands of birds, including flamingoes and herons. In winter the flamingo numbers swell significantly and it is a truly awesome sight, scarcely believable that it is so close to Downtown Dubai. There is no fee to the many observation hides and it is well worth a visit...
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    29 Oct 2019
    by Kateryna_Fomenko
  • Get your own binoculars
    Nice place to spend a half an hour. No signs on the road, limited parking. Beautiful birds and fishes. Better get your own binocular since there is only one in the hide.
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    27 Oct 2019
    by emirati_nomad
  • Wow
    Beautiful place. They have 2 watch places and both have different amazing views of the flamingos and dubai scenery. Though watch house 2 has more flamingos in it. They are so beautiful and of the guys told us he saw a falcon too looking for prey in the area. This place is a must visit and entrance is free.

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