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Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Dubai-Al Ain Rd., Ras al Khor Map It
  • World Trade Centre
  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Published 04/19/2017

Fodor's Review

As the only remaining expanse of natural creek-side landscape in the emirate, Ras al Khor (meaning "head of the creek") is an important desert wetland habitat. The sanctuary covers only 2.4 square miles, and its tidal wetlands, mudflats, mangroves, reed beds, and stretches of sabkha (salt-encrusted flats common to the coastline) are the last refuge for many native plants and animals. The area is an important overwintering ground for more than 250 bird species, with overall bird numbers reaching 30,000 between December and March. Most famous in the area is the small year-round population of flamingos, often shown on publicity images touting Dubai's eco-credentials. Three hides, or camouflaged shelters, have been erected at points around the park, and allow closer views of the wildlife. Entry to the rest or the park is not allowed without a permit.

Sight Information


Dubai-Al Ain Rd., Ras al Khor, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Map It


4-606–6822-Dubai Municipality

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Closed Fri.

Published 04/19/2017


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