Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Perfect for your quick Dubai day trips, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary means ‘Head of the Creek’ in Arabic. The only place where you can spot flamingos in Dubai, the Ras Al Khor Sanctuary may not be as popular as the shopping malls, but it is definitely a pleasantly unique experience for visitors.
The Dubai Creek, a saltwater creek which runs through Dubai, is dotted by lush mangroves and surrounded by salt and mudflats. It comes to an impressive end at Ras Al Khor. This unique wetland of unspoiled nature is a dream come true for the photographers. Situated close to the city center, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal place to spot some rare species of birds amidst the natural beauty. A visit to Ras Al Khor offers a rare glimpse of the unseen Dubai which is vastly different from the glamorous side of Dubai.
One of the few urban protected areas in the world, Ras Al Khor is home to more than 20,000 birds of 67 species, making it an ideal spot for eco-friendly tourists. Although not officially so, Ras Al Khor is also fondly called as the Dubai bird park. Renowned for its pink flamingos that steal the show in winter, you can also spot reef herons, great egrets, cormorants, black-winged stilts, grey herons, osprey, sandpipers and many such birds here.
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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Location: Situated in the heart of Dubai, Ras Al Khor is just 14 kms away from Dubai Creek – Oud Metha road.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday – 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Closed on Friday.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Entrance fee: Free
Formalities before visiting the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary: Visitors have to inform the Environment Department, the Marine Environment and Wildlife section and the Dubai Municipality before their visit to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to reach Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary?
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Best time to visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary is during the winter months between October and March. Winter is when over 30,000 birds coming from West Asian and African countries make this sanctuary their home. Also, it is the season when pink flamingos occupy a special place in this beautiful land.