Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Right in the heart of Dubai is a haven for some of the most magnificent birds in the region. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary boasts different ecosystems including mangroves, mudflats, lagoons, sabkhas, reed beds and scrubland, all before the backdrop of Downtown Dubai’s ultra-modern skyline. The spot is perfect for bird watching, hosting around 67 different species, including those migrating to and from East Africa. The most popular among visitors are the flamingos, grey herons, and the great egrets (learn more about these and other birds through our Knowledge Hub).
You can observe these birds from three strategically-located hides (concealed viewing points), one of which is on the western edge of the sanctuary overlooking the flamingo roost, whilst the other two can be found on the southern edge near Al Buhaira Lagoon and the mangrove forest. The Sanctuary was the first in the UAE to be recognised by the Ramsar Convention and has also been identified as a globally Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International.
Opening hours: Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Friday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Winter hours from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Entrance fee: Free.
Wheelchair access: N/A.
Safety precautions: Don’t get too close to the wildlife, and do not attempt to feed wild animals. Stay informed and follow the instructions provided by Dubai Municipality.
What to bring: Reusable water bottle.