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Bird watching in the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary


An important migratory stopping point between Africa and Asia, this reserve allows you to contemplate tens of thousands of birds.

Not far from the gleaming towers of Dubai, the nature reserve of Ras Al Khor spreads out over 620 hectares made up of salt deserts, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons wild habitat for tens of thousands of migratory birds.

Literally ‘cape of the creek', Ras Al Khor is located at the entrance of Dubai Creek and is one of the few urban protected areas in the world. This reserve is even the first site in the UAE to be included on the Ramsar List, which notes wetlands of international importance. Bird watchers can admire the birds from three different observation posts.

More than 500 pink flamingos were counted in the last census, and there are egrets, grey herons, cormorants, black-winged stilts, sandpipers, ospreys and marsh harriers to view. This exceptional environment hosts more than 20,000 water birds, and a total of 67 species stop here on the migratory route from East Africa to West Asia. The entrance to the site is free.

Ras Al Khor
P.O. Box 50424, Dubai

+971 (0)460 66822

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