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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ranked #70 of 408 things to do in Dubai
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

A very informating outing for the kids.
On a lazy afternoon take the kids to this wild life sanctuary and see how they get all charged up for the evening.

4  Thank Hiba H
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The location is unbelievably difficult to find and it was by accident that we finally saw it after couple of rounds in the Ras Al Khor Industrial area, as long you have someone with you who knows to read and follow the signs then you'll be fine. You can park your car outside the facility as you have to walk for few minutes to go inside this watch area. I didn't expected that the sanctuary will be far from the watch house, I had the idea in mind that I will be close enough to see the flamingoes myself, but it turned out that I can see them from afar through a telescope. The caretaker or guard says, it is not advisable to be that close with them as we might be invading their territory. It's fine, telescope was fine. Good thing I have the camera where you can zoom and able to capture them somehow. It was a short viewing but satisfied. Flamingoes are a natural beauty, their colors, their behavior and their line-up. The place is well-maintained. There is a logbook there for every visitor who comes from practically everywhere locally and outside UAE.

2  Thank Guzeller
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Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

I never believed till I went there and had a good view at the flocks of beautiful flamingoes. The observatory is nicely build with telescopes and stuff to view the birds. We lots of photography and the best part was that it was so quiet and watching flamingoes was a great experience.

Thank AdysWorld
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Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

If you love nature stuff, marine parks, and hiking, you'll want to add on this place to the list of wildlife safaris. Some places to consider: The Dubai Zoo, The Dolphinarium, Hatta Rock Pools, Aquaventure's Dolphin Park (here, you get to interact with the dolphins, which includes swimming with them, so fright's on at this place!), The Miracle Gardens, and a plethora of desert safaris. If you want the ultra exotic desolate green oasis with a palm tree getaway of the days of Sinbad the Sailor, Oman is just a skip away, and for cheap. Qatar is opening up a mammoth adventure safari, complete with a roof which will rain on the hour, every hour, but probably won't be open till around Expo 2020. Again, just a hop away. And if you're really into wild life sanctuaries, Jordan has several which will really satisfy the Indiana Jones in you. Speaking of which, what about an Indiana Jones theme park? And a Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory theme park, complete with chocolate pools, oompaloompas, and a zero-gravity bubble tube?

2  Thank Ammer K
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

I had heard about the flamingoes in the Ras Al Khor sanctuary (a RAMSAR site) at the end of the Dubai creek, and hoped to be able to see them. Information on the net was not particularly helpful. I had some work in Dubai last week and managed to make it there about 30min before closing.

To start with, you need your own vehicle or a taxi to get there as public transport is not convenient. The sanctuary can be reached from Oud Metha road or Ras Al Khor road. There is no conspicuous sign posting so do keep a look out for the flamingo viewing area. I was in a taxi, the driver knew about the RAK industrial area but had never heard about the sanctuary. After asking his pals, he was directed to The Lagoons which being a housing estate under contruction right next to the sanctuary, is a good landmark. (As an aside, this construction right next to the sanctuary is not viewed with favour by environment conscious groups.) Going past The Lagoons, you can see the flamingoes in the creek.

The Flamingo hide is the hide you need for optimal sightings of obviously the flamingoes! There are two other hides besides this. Do keep a watchful eye out for the drive way for if you miss it, you will have to go a long way before you can make a U turn. I would suggest that anyone intending to visit takes a good look at a road map or a google map before going so that you have a reasonable idea how to get there.

I must commend the authorities for constructing these hides. They are essentially walkways into the creek with high palm frond 'concealing walls' so that the birds are not aware of the human presence. The walkway ends in a small wooden room with well placed slits from where us humans can sit, use the ledge as a camera rest which is convenient if you have not brought a tripod, and view the flamingoes, while they remain blissfully oblivious of our presence (or so we believe!). And my God, how many flamingoes there were. At least a 1000 if not more when I was there! Barely 15-20m away.

There is no fee. The website mentions having to register but no one asked me to. There was a visitors book in the viewing gallery if you want to add your comments.

The reason that the flamingoes are there in such numbers is also because they are ingeniously encouraged to be there, by daily feeding. This is why the best time to see them is near closing time, as they hover around the Hide for the feeding truck to arrive around 4pm. Brilliant idea by the authorities to ensure their presence! They are supposed to migrate around the end of March but with so much free food around, I am sure that some flocks remain year round, just as there is a permanent small flock of flamingoes in Abu Dhabi's fish rich Eastern Mangroves.

This is really worth visiting when the flamingoes are there en masse. It is an amazing not to be missed experience, especially considering that it is right next to the RAK industrial area!

10  Thank Gita-TA
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