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
    15 Mar 2020
    by Bruce B
  • Seeing pink flamingos in the UAE
    If you are interested in seeing nature up close, consider going to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai. Really a special wetland conservation territory within the area of outer Dubai city. The set up is excellent for viewing the flamingos but best to have binoculars and a camera with a big zoom telephoto lens.
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    4 Mar 2020
    by ronaldtklam
  • Interesting Half-hour Stop
    If you want to see the flamingos at Flamingo Hide, please make sure you are on the side of the road that's next to the sanctuary. Google map might lead you to the gas station on the opposite side, where we didn't see any feasible way to cross the highway in between. I counted about 6-7 parallel parking spot, which can be used during the opening hours of the sanctuary.
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    25 Feb 2020
    by mari_thetravelous
  • Must Visit ... Beautiful Flamingos
    We have been living in Dubai for years now and we have just passed seeing the beautiful Flamingos from afar, and last weekend we have decided to visit. The viewing deck is open from 7:30 on winter, we went there early to avoid the crowd but we were informed by the caretaker that it is best to come back at 9am as it was still early and a bit cold so the Flamingos will not be coming out. We returned at 9:30am and Flamingos were out and they’re beautiful. The viewing place is small and there was just a small place to see but it was good enough. We were told that Feeding time is between 10-11am and that it was worth seeing ( we waited but we didnt see anything) ... the small viewing place gets crowded and noisy from 10:30am because Tourists starts arriving. The viewing is for free Thank you!!! we had an amazing morning.

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