Located on the outskirts of Dubai, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few places in the city to find nature. It is a designated as a wetland reserve of global importance (Ramsar Site).
The reserve is a haven for birds. In the winter months, when migratory birds are here, up to two hundred species can be spotted. It is best known for its large flock of Greater Flamingos.
Birds can be observed from three hides; Mangrove Hide, Flamingo Hide, or Lagoon Hide. Flamingo Hide is the most popular and is the best place to view the Greater Flamingos. Binoculars are provided for a closer view of the birds.
Opening times are 7.30 am to 5.30 pm (October to March) and 6 am to 6 pm (April to September). Hours on Friday are 2 pm to 5.30 pm. One of the best times to visit is at flamingo feeding time; roughly 10 am and 4 pm each day. Migratory birds can be seen in the winter months.
There is no entrance fee or tickets. Bookings are only required for large tour groups.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the junction of the E44 (Al Khail Road/Ras Al Khor Road) and the E66 (Dubai – Al Ain Road).
The Flamingo Hide is located off the E66 and is shown on the map below and on our interactive map of Dubai. For locations of the other hides see the official website (link in information box below).
Map showing location of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor
United Arab Emirates
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