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).
Have you been to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary? How was your visit?