In the wetlands, just metres away from the bustling city of Dubai, you’ll find the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s hard to believe you can find tens of thousands of birds in a spot so close to the city. This wetland reserve spanning 6.2sqm also serves as a breeding ground each year 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 you might spot grey herons, great egrets, reef herons, cormorants, black-winged stilts, sandpipers, osprey and more colourful species of birds.
See millions of flowers and exotic arrangements in bloom
A world of floral wonder awaits you at Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest natural flower garden. The 72,000sqm park has an impressive line-up of famous buildings and structures completely transformed into colourful flower displays. You can immerse yourself among more than 150 million blooming flowers throughout the different exhibits.Walk down the heart-shaped pathway or wander amid petal-powered castles, illuminated nightscapes and full-size houses. You can immerse yourself among more than 150 million blooming flowers throughout with plenty of attractions and a huge variety of quirky arrangements.
Meet fascinating animals in Dubai's own tropical rainforest
The Green Planet is Dubai’s very own tropical rainforest. With more than 3,000 species of plants, animals and birds, this green oasis is a sanctuary of exotic flora and fauna. Aiming to educate guests about the important role the tropical forest plays in the future of Earth, The Green Planet exposes Dubai to another world within its glass dome – all of which is responsibly sourced.
See Dubai’s impressive skyline through your rear-view mirror, as you take a quick 30-minute drive to Al Qudra Lakes. Situated in the vast Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, you’ll be amazed by how easily you can reach this desert oasis from the busy city. Take in waterfront views of the beautiful desert sunset. This is one part of Dubai where wildlife is likely to be seen in its natural habitat, from desert foxes to the oryx, or one of 170 bird species living around the lakes.
Relax at one of Dubai's most spacious and quiet beaches
Sunset Beach, also known as Umm Suqeim beach, is the perfect spot to relax with the sun, sand and Burj Al Arab in the background. One of the quieter spots along the coast, it is a beautiful area for morning jogs and strolls and watching the sun set across the Arabian Gulf. The calm beach is a great place for a nap in the sun or to catch up on some reading – there's even a handy library station for donating or borrowing books.