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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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Free entry
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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
  • 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
    7 Jun 2019
    by pinkasfouratheblog
  • Free & fun!
    The entry is free to this sanctuary and you can view the birds from the binoculars available there. It's really a goof place to visit in spring/winter season as opposed to summer.
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    19 May 2019
    by Pete H
  • A great place to see Dubai’s bird life.
    A small group went to this little gem in the desert with the skyline of Dubai in the background. Lots of flamingos in the reserve and a majestic bird of prey seen on our visit. There is a friendly staff member on hand to answer any questions, who turned out to be extremely knowledgeable. Well worth a visit especially with the exceptional back drop.
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    18 May 2019
    by seanmc84
  • Enjoyable way to kill some time
    I visited the 2nd viewing hide which was surrounded by flamingos. There was plenty of photo opportunities with some nice scenery. There are toilets there and it was a great photo opportunity. Really worth a visit, especially as it’s free!

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