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DUBAI : RAS AL KHOR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Whoever said Dubai is only about desert safari, soaring skyscrapers, massive malls and man-made archipelago, hasn’t been to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Apart from going to Old Dubai, Jumeirah and Kite beaches, weekend brunches, themed parks and other attractions that Dubai has to offer, you can while away time and commune with nature at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photographers and photo-enthusiasts will absolutely be fascinated in this bird sanctuary.

Children may at least appreciate feathered species flying and roaming freely without cages.

The following are random information and my personal captures on my first visit to Ras Al Khor.

  • What is Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary? Under Dubai Municipality, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a tidal estuary with saline lagoons located at the centre of the emirate of Dubai literally. It is home to about 500 flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) and other (migratory) bird species.
  • Timings : Saturday to Thursday : 09:00 to 16:00.
  • Admission rates : FREE! No permit is required to visit the 2 hides.
  • When to go to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary? Perfect time is during winter season.
  • What to AVOID : Being noisy, cell phone ringing, eating inside the hides.
  • Access : There are 3 hides or visitors’ viewing cottages where public can watch the birds and take photographs (best with zoom or long lenses). 2 of the hides are accessible to public for free, however, the Lagoon hide is restricted. Public can go to :
    • Mangrove Hide at Gate 1.
    • Flamingo Hide at Gate 2 – Highly recommended!
  • How to go to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary?
  • Location : Mangrove hide is situated along the Dubai to Hatta main motorway (E44). Then Flamingo Hide at Gate 2 is less than 3 km away from Mangrove hide, just across a Petrol station.
  • Commuters can take either Metro to Green line until Dubai Healthcare City then, take a taxi cab to the hides (which I did and I suggest as well. I contacted taxi cab via Careem app for my return from Ras Al Khor), or take the water taxi from Dubai Festival City Station to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary at 25 dirhams for return ticket (cost subject to changes from RTA).

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
The pathway to the viewing area of flamingos in Gate 2. Admission is absolutely FREE!
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Have you been to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary? How was your visit?

10 Comments

  1. Ed Ed

    Ganda Doc. Matagal ko na tong gustong puntahan… pero wala pa kong zoom lense.hahah

    • docgelo docgelo

      Thank you! Pwede naman pumunta doon ng walang zoom lens.
      Libre nga entrance e.
      Dami naka Nikon tapos tripod, hiram ka na lang sa kanila hehehe.

  2. ron ron

    Awesome…. keep inspiring us doc!

    • docgelo docgelo

      ron talaga!

  3. Ang cute nilaaaa! Pink pink! Sana mkpunta din kami, pwede nba zoom ng smartphone Doc? Hehe.

    • docgelo docgelo

      Malabo na kung smart phone kung malayo sila. Baka may times na lumalapit sila pag feeding time.

  4. Wow! Photos are simply amazing!!! I didn’t know about this when I was in Dubai 😣i would have enjoyed! Great explanation in details! ✔️

    • docgelo docgelo

      Thanks for reading my blog!
      Really appreciate it!

  5. Beautiful photos, as always, Doc! Thanks for the tips. It would be helpful when we visit next winter (pag may pambili na kmi ng zoom lens. heheheh).

    • docgelo docgelo

      Maraming salamat, Lady!
      (Zoom lens talaga requirement?! Natawa ako hehehe!)

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