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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
    12 Apr 2019
    by BruceMango
  • Bit of a surprise to find this in the city
    Been meaning to visit here for a while but to be honest it was a bit of a disappointment. The mangrove viewing point is quite distant to see much unless you have good binoculars. 5-10 minutes is enough unless you are a keen birdwatcher. The flamingo point round the corner is nice to see the flamingos close up but again 5-10 minutes is enough. If you've never seen flamingos close up.before then you will definitely score this higher than I have.
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    30 Mar 2019
    by AKflyboy
  • The ONLY real OMG Nature Scene in the Desert
    It should be number one. The price is free. The place is lovely. It's one of the few genuinely, incredible nature attractions in the region. It seems never to get very busy, but there's a small parking area for visiters, and a nicely built hidden walkway allowing tourists to make their way out to the bird viewing blind without scaring off the flamingos. Stop by about an hour before sunset for the best light to view or photograph the pink birds. Sign the visitor log and enjoy checking to see how many other countries are represented here. 30 minutes is ple ty to have a look and take some photos. There will always be some nerd there with a big tripod set up, pretending to be a Nat Geo photographer, but you can get decent pictures with a smart phone. All told, it's the kind of place you wanna stop by with visitors who will never come back to Dubai, and give them at least one, peaceful, easy feeling to take home with them.
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    16 Mar 2019
    by ingebade
  • Definitely worth a visit
    On the road to Abu Dhabi you will find this hidden gem. There are several viewing spots, we were at the flamingo one. There is a wooden cabin from where you can view the flamingos, making it feel like you’re right in the middle of them. There are so many, and you’re so close to them! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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