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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Dubai is not just a desirable hotspot for millions of tourists each year — it's the destination of choice for tens of thousands of migrating birds. In the wetlands, just metres away from the busy city, you'll find the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Translated as ‘Cape of the Creek,' Ras Al Khor sits at the mouth of Dubai's Creek and is among the few protected urban areas in the world.

There are three bird reserves located on the perimeter of the sanctuary, but it's 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 so much more.

This wildlife haven covers an area of 6km and features a combination of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons. It's this precious environment that supports more than 20,000 water birds and 67 species, a critical staging ground for the wintering birds of the East African to West Asian Flyway. The site is also home to more than 500 species of flora and fauna and is one of the best-managed arid wetland zones in the region.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Dubai is not just a desirable hotspot for millions of tourists each year — it's the destination of choice for tens of thousands of migrating birds. In the wetlands, just metres away from the busy city, you'll find the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Translated as ‘Cape of the Creek,' Ras Al Khor sits at the mouth of Dubai's Creek and is among the few protected urban areas in the world.

There are three bird reserves located on the perimeter of the sanctuary, but it's 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 so much more.

This wildlife haven covers an area of 6km and features a combination of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons. It's this precious environment that supports more than 20,000 water birds and 67 species, a critical staging ground for the wintering birds of the East African to West Asian Flyway. The site is also home to more than 500 species of flora and fauna and is one of the best-managed arid wetland zones in the region.
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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary +97146066826 mahussain@dm.gov.ae Ras Al Khor Rd, Ras Al Khor, Ras Al Khor 55.31389785 25.19158021 Sun to Thu & Sat from 09:00 to 16:00 https://www.visitdubai.com/-/media/optimised-images/pois/ras%20al%20khor%20wildlife%20sanctuary/2642rasalkhorwildlifesanctuary05thumb.jpg
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  • محمية رأس الخور للحياة البرية
  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

    Opening Timing : Sun to Thu & Sat from 09:00 to 16:00

    Address : Ras Al Khor Rd, Ras Al Khor, Ras Al Khor

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  • Rating Image
    16 Feb 2018
    by DeeCarb
  • Great for nature lovers
    Ease access from the city is this unexpected quite haven to be one with nature. Several species of migratory birds and some terrific viewing and photography spots for bird watching. The flamingos are a treat ofcourse, and there's a good range of other birds to admire in this well maintained reserve. Great option for an afternoon with kids to engage with nature as well.
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    25 Jan 2018
    by melon_006
  • You won't want to miss this...- flamingoes,nature and serenity.
    For any nature lover, or one who seeks for serenity and peacefulness - this is a place you simply do not want to miss. Just to observe this magical pinky fluffy beauties would worthy a dedicated trip - not to mention that it only takes you 10 mins from downtown. Great for family too!
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    20 Jan 2018
    by Sergey B
  • For you, nature lovers!
    IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: I visited the sanctuary in January, so the weather was very mild and forgiving unlike most of the year, so please make necessary adjustments to your plans based on the time of the year. Great place close to Dubai bustling downtown where one can reconnect with nature and enjoy wildlife - mostly birds. In my opinion a must for birders. There are actually bus tours that are being brought here - mostly to see the wintering greater flamingoes - they can be observed in hundreds there. If you only there to see multitudes of flamingoes - go to Flamingo Hide and stop at that. In wintertime apparently there are always hundreds of birds there. Both adult and juvenile (with different plumage). You may be able to see some other birds as well, but not too many. If you are into birds you’d be better served getting to the Mangrove Hide - it’s a place where one can see a greater variety of waders and water birds - herons, egrets, spoonbills, flamingoes as well. Also there one can see a number of raptors, including greater spotted eagles and harriers. I actually walked all the way from one Hide to another - about 1.5 km. (Remember - January). It was a great walk and I got to spot many other species along the way, so it was extra rewarding. Mind that the web page states one is not allowed to walk between the hides, so make your own decision - I encountered no issues taking my walk - as a matter of fact another fellow birder (very nice gentlemen from UK) caught up with me and we walked half of the way together enjoying the weather and guess.... bird talk... Now to amenities - both hides are kept very clean and well maintained. There are stationary telescopes there (one per Hide), stools, water coolers (no disposable plastic or paper cups though - so mostly unusable, unless you are willing to drink from the cup used by other people before you). There are very clean and well kept restrooms at both locations. Great place to spend time in Dubai outside of the usual routine of shopping malls, restaurants and other touristy activities.

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