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
  • 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
    3 Oct 2019
    by JohnB2151
  • Wonderful feature in Dubai
    A lovely wildlife conservation area with excellent air conditioned (!!!) bird hides, spotlessly clean toilets and very helpful staff. Best to visit in the right season for migratory birds and not in the middle of the day.
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    21 Sep 2019
    by Simran813
  • boxed
    there not much to 'see' as you are boxed in a hut, personally i found it rather boring... parking was almost non existent, the place can easily be missed as there are not enough boards
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    21 Sep 2019
    by az393
  • Hidden Gem
    Not the easiest place to find (we had a rental car) definitely not accessible by foot but I imagine a taxi will take you there with no bother. A nice change from the fast pace of Dubai. There are 2 cabins from which you can view the birds. One cabin for viewing herons and egrets and another further around to view the flamingos. The cabins are around 20/30 metres away from the birds so if you’re taking a dslr you’ll need a camera lens of at least 75mm.

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