Things to Do in Dubai – Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary in Dubai
The Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary in Dubai is UAE’s first and Dubai’s only real desert wetland site. Ras Al Khor means ‘head of the creek’ in Arabic and occupies about 2.4 square miles on the banks of Dubai Creek comprising of mudflats, lagoons, pools, mangroves and long stretches of Sabkha, the saline flats commonly found along the coastline.
Extremely significant as the last refuge for many native species of flora and fauna, the sanctuary offers a rare glimpse of a greener Dubai which is quite different to the skyscraper focus of the Emirate. The Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary supports as many as 20,000 water birds belonging to many different species and according to scientists this is probably the only area in which quite a few species are present in sizeable numbers. During the winter months between October and March, this area is home to as many as 30,000 migratory birds which fly in from East African and West Asian countries. Our favourites are the flamingos seemingly out of place in this part of the world. If you like birds, you’ll love the Ras Al Khow Wildlife Sanctuary. With 500 species of plants and animals, the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary is an ideal spot for eco-friendly tourists.
Points of note –
Telescopes and binoculars are provided to tourists within the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary at the three hides, camouflaged very well against the green back-drop.
This is one of few venues in Dubai where you don’t have to worry about parking as all the shelters have their own car parks and are manned at all times.
While small parties can visit the area unannounced, groups consisting of more than 10 need to acquire permits from the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality.
Pink flamingos in Dubai. Yes, they’re here.
Don’t take the kids to Dubai Zoo – this is a lot better.
When – The Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary can be visited on any day from Saturday to Thursday between 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
How Long – For bird lovers, this is a good day trip – but half a day should be enough.
Location – Any of the three shelters, one of which is at Ras Al Khor Road and the other two are located off Oud Metha Road so mentioning this to the cab driver would take you there.
Cost – Entry to this nature park is free for everyone.
More info – wildlife.ae.