Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre

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Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre
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SummerApex
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Open spaces, amazing local wildlife
Dec 2017 • Family
Coming up to the mountains is a fantastic day trip, not far from the sea, and the Kalba bird of prey sanctuary... it's perfect to make a day of visiting the whole area. The animals are in their own habitats, mountainous or watery. You can learn about them and watch them from air conditioned walkways and hear what they sound like, without disturbing them through the glass divides between you.
Staff are really friendly, super design, good shop and cafe. Take a buggy into the outdoors or stay indoors. Then go down to the sea after!
Written November 29, 2018
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Yusuf B
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates23 contributions
Long Drive through the mountains
Sep 2018 • Family
Kalba is a town in Sharjah which is close to the Oman border and also close to Fujairah.The drive to Kalba takes about an hour an half from Sharjah City on the Maliha road and the drive is something to talk about.You drive on the highway and along the mountain terrain passing thorugh numerous town ship and wonder if you are in UAE. Its a good drive and one gets to see beautiful landscapes when you arrive close to Kalba. There is this conservation park out there which opens at 2pm on Friday and one can see the wild animal like the leopard, hyena and wolf besides the noctural and reptile collection as found in these rugged mountain areas.Its a good trip to make with family as the long drive coupled with this park will give one a feeling of satisfaction and kids will love the same. The park is not very big and they also take you to a tour around to showcase other wild animals as well. Entrance is 25 dh per adult and its worth it if you get to see all the animals. Do try to reach earlier as the park closes by 6pm.
Written September 17, 2018
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Rashid Isa Rishi AlHeddi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,258 contributions
AlHefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre in Kalba
Feb 2018 • Couples
Drove from Dubai through the Hajer Mountain range towards Kalba through the longest road tunnel in UAE and arrived unknowingly just off the Highway at The AlHefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre in Kalba- Opened just a few years ago and relatively unknown place- which established the rich biodiversity of the mountain environment and efforts of conservation of its animals and birds.
Was well worth a visit with nice Air conditioned building to walk in with over thirty varieties of desert animals and birds displayed in a comfortable clean natural environment for them- well labelled and explanations provided in Arabic & English.
A very nice Museum shop on the premises where you can purchase books, magnet souvenirs, soft animal toys TShirts Caps etc - also Buggy carts ride available for going to seven different viewing stations in the centre outside the Building. A delight to visit with very welcoming reception , ticketing staff and guards. The restaurant was not functioning however the reception staff kindly offered Complimentary Arabic coffee ,dates and chocolates in celebration of the life of the late HRH Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan who is the most beloved & highly respected father of the nation of UAE.
Written March 14, 2018
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shaggyd0g1
Glencoe, UK403 contributions
Fascinating place in excellent location
Sep 2017 • Friends
What a great resource and source of inspiration for Emiratis and expats alike! An excellent collection of insightful examples of local wildlife, located in an area where many of them would find their natural habitat. Huge array of different species with intelligent and interesting notes and maps dealing with their habitats, conservation status and behaviour. The only slight drawback was the small space given to some of the species - wolves and hyenas deserved as much space as leopard and antelope (but much better than the prison-like conditions of the nearby Bird of Prey Centre!). Very, very interesting and deserves better publicity and more exposure to the local population. Many interesting art installations spread amongst well-informed zoological information punctuate well cared-for animal life. Super. Also interesting information about local rock art! Really enjoyable. I will certainly go back. Thank you to all concerned.
Written September 23, 2017
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Mylene_Laurent
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates269 contributions
Good idea ... wrong location
Apr 2017 • Couples
We loved the idea of the mountain conservation centre and after 1 year in the UAE it was time to go. The reason for not going sooner is that it is not properly advertised. What a pity! Seeing as we were the only visitors there during the weekend we were not the only one not aware. The Mleiha archeological center was open around the same time and has proper website, and advertising campaigns. This centre had well nothing.... First disappointment on arrival was : why putting the centre next to the highway! you have plenty of space on the back of the mountain, it would have been good to put it a couple of km further and give some peace and quiet to the animal.
The building is absolutely stunning from an architectural and material point of view. The explanations are great as well, it is definitely a place to see. Of course i wished the animals had more space.
Written April 10, 2017
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Farout_Traveller
London, England, United Kingdom22 contributions
Amazing place to view wildlife in their natural habitat!
Apr 2016 • Couples
Perfect for hot weather you can stand inside and look through glass panels at the animals and hear the sounds they make in several permanent sound installations. There's also a section dedicated to nocturnal animals with a load of creative artworks commissioned on the walls and in unusual places, specifically for the centre. Arabian wildlife is so interesting and there's lots of information on display, I reccommend to anybody and the Kalba beach is just a stone's throw away, as is the bird sanctuary where if you go in the right season, I think until about July, you can see birds-in-flight shows for a very small fee.
Written March 26, 2017
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BruceNB
UK480 contributions
Definitely worth a stop in a journey
Jan 2017 • Couples
We were driving from Dubai to Fujairah and planned to stop at the Conservation Centre on the way.
It is quite new, opening only last year, and I'm not sure it is widely known yet.
The cost is 25 Dirhams per adult to enter.
The Centre is made up of a number of fenced wild enclosures where the featured animals live and are kept safe. We visited when it was quite hot, and so a number of those that live outdoors had sought shade.
The place is in two parts, really. The first is a covered building with glass panels looking out to the enclosures.
Inside the building live the reptiles and more nocturnal of the creatures, as well as wild cats, fox, and owls. Outside, the Arabian Wolf, deer, and most impressively, two females Arabian Leopards can be seen through the glass. A trip to the Centre is worth it if only to see these beautiful cats.
Besides the walk in the cool covered building, there are also guided golf cart journeys around the perimeter of the site.
I wouldn't plan to drive from Dubai simply to visit the Centre, but for a drive to the mountains and desert, and across to Fujairah, it makes a good visit.
Written January 24, 2017
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BruceNB
UK480 contributions
Worth a visit to see the Arabian Leopards alone
Jan 2017 • Couples
We drove from Dubai to see the mountains and desert, and to visit this centre along the way.
It only opened in March 2016, so seems to be relatively unknown. Opening times can be variable in their start. On Saturday, the place opened at 11am. Friday it is 2pm, and other days, I think 9am, except Mondays, when it is closed.
The place is not huge, which makes a visit not at all exhausting.
Visitors can make two trips around. First on foot, through a large indoor visitor centre with windows that look out to enclosures where different animals are kept safe.
At lunchtime, some were not on view as might be expected, as they would have sought cover.
The wow factor for us was the Arabian Leopard, which is a critically endangered species. There were two females there, both absolutely beautiful, and easily photographed.
Inside, snakes, frogs, scorpions, wild cats, a small fox and other creatures are presented in cool enclosures. Further on the Arabian Tahr, and a small herd of deer.
Besides walking, there is also a tour by golf cart, around the outside of all enclosures. Guides come along and give further information. We saw the Arabian Wolf from the cart.
It is early days for the centre, but it was most certainly worth the visit - the picture of the leopard will stay with me for ages.
Written January 22, 2017
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