Dubai: Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Dubai. It is home to about 20,000 birds mostly migrating to Dubai in winter from East African and West Asian countries. This wetland covers an area of 6 kilometers and is a combination of salt flats, mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons.

This is one attraction you can enjoy in Dubai during winter that is free of charge. It operates from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

When you visit, you can expect to find a flock of greater flamingos, probably about 500 of them as well as other species of birds.

Do's and Don't at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

There are three hides in the area but the Flamingo hide is highly recommended.

When you reached the hide, you will be asked to register in the visitor's log book then you are free to observe the birds to your heart's content. Just try not to make any loud noises so as not to disturb the birds.

Mangrove Hide

Flamingo Hide

We were there around 3 pm and we were told it was the best time to visit since it was feeding time and most of the flamingos are gathered in one place close to the hide.

The birds are so beautiful and it was such a visual feast.

When we are about to leave the hide, the flock started moving as if in a parade. I stand in amazement as I watch them walk towards the setting sun.

Nature never ceases to amaze and I'm glad I dragged my family to see this place.

Have you been to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary? How was your experience?

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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