3 Reasons Why You Must Visit The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

by Ishita Agarwal
3 Reasons Why You Must Visit The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature and animal lovers should place Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary at the top of their Dubai itinerary. This sanctuary is one of the few places in the world that conserves animals, plants and insects. Nature lovers! Here are all the reasons why you must visit this amazing sanctuary in Dubai. 

Why Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Must Be On Your Wish List?  

 Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few urban protected areas in the world. So, you can expect to witness a range of animals, preserving the ecological balance in the region. Without further ado, here are the main attractions of this sanctuary, that will help you plan your trip. 

1. Visit The Flamingo Hide

The sanctuary is home to various flamingo species. This includes the Greater Flamingo the biggest and most prevalent bird of its kind in southern Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa. Flamingos can coexist in the area with other bird species. You can find flamingos in the sanctuary’s second gate. If you visit  Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in the afternoon, you can spot the staff members feeding them. 

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
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2. Visit The Mangrove Hide At Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

The mangrove vegetation on Ras Al Khor Dubai’s southern boundary is visible from the hide. It’s a fantastic spot to watch endangered bird species from nearby. From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the sanctuary has a Leica telescope for bird watching.

During the height of the summer, the hide can house over 400 birds, while many bird species may migrate or hibernate for extended periods in other places. The Pacific Golden Plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pied Kingfisher, Demoiselle Crane, and Great Crested Grebe are a few well-known and rare species that can be seen from the hide. The sanctuary’s entrance’s initial gate is where you’ll find the Mangrove Hide. 

mangrove hide
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3. Befriend Small Mammals and Reptiles

 Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary also has several habitats for small animals and reptiles, albeit they are not as numerous as the bird habitats in the sanctuary. Nevertheless, they get shelter and protection much as birds do. Today, the refuge is home to various species, including Black Rats, Cape Hares, Ethiopian Hedgehogs, and any Arabian Red Foxes. The reptiles include Blue-Headed Agamas, Sand Racers, Desert Monitors, Horned Vipers, Saw-Scaled Vipers, and Fringe-Toed Lizards. 

Ras Al Khor Wildlife
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Best Time To Visit Cape Of The Creek

The best time to visit the creek is from December to March since the temperature is milder, and it is the perfect time to spot pink flamingos and other migratory birds. 

Where: Baniyas 20, Baniyas Road, Deira

When: Winter (Oct-March): 07.30 am to 05:30 pm, Summer (April- Sept): 06:00 am to 06:00 pm

Contact: 800900

Cost: Entry is free 

flamingos
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The sanctuary will leave awe-struck with its splendour. You’d witness an expansive variety of flora and fauna. However, follow the above-mentioned viewing locations and keep your distance from the creatures. Ultimately, being a responsible tourist is the best way to ensure a hassle-free trip to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. 

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