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“Birders' paradise in the midst of a concrete jungle.”

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ranked #62 of 386 things to do in Dubai
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New Delhi, India
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72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Birders' paradise in the midst of a concrete jungle.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a place for some serious flamingo-watching. The path from the main road to the view-point is covered in thatch, providing the pink beauties complete privacy. The pathway ends at a small viewing gallery fitted with a security guard and a tripod-mounted telescope. The security guard silently offered us a pair of high-power binocular that brought the vista even closer. At a distance of less than two hundred meters, the camera's view-finder was suddenly clogged with white feathers and slender, swirling necks tipped with pink, curved beaks. Then, as the high-tide began, a smaller group started to move closer to the shore, offering great sighting opportunities. Some months ago I had been to Lake Nakuru in Kenya for flamingo-watching, and here at Ras Al-Khor, I ended up watching more of these beauties, from much closer quarter, in a more peaceful environment.

Visited November 2012
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Bali, Indonesia
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“Truly a sanctuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

What a charming surprise, to catch a smidge of pink out of the corner of your eye, driving from Al Ain into Dubai. I had no idea it existed when I accidentally stumbled up on this sweet little watering spot. Not only flamingos, but cranes frequent this place. The naturalist has binoculars to loan out, and was kind enough to rig a "magnifying lens" (telescope & cheap camera) so I could take closer pictures of the long-legged beauties.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

We caught a taxi here and our taxi driver was excellent, he came with us to visit the birds. We saw lots of flamingoes and other birds at both areas. It was free, and you were given binoculars. The people on site were very helpful and friendly. There were lots of helpful posters on the walls. Well worth a visit and not to far from Dubai mall which we were able to visit afterwards.

Visited April 2012
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Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Watch the birdie”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

This was not what we expected at all. The bird sanctuary is set in an outskirts of dubai near to the dubai mall .
The attraction is the vast number of birds living and visiting the area and the opportunity to see them from two hides constructed for that purpose.
To access the hides you need to drive or taxi along the highway and park at the Side of the road(there is a lay by). Then walk down the access path to the hide . The hide is wooden cabin equipped with several binoculars and wooden stools. The entrance and use of the binoculars is free.

We spent about 20 minutes doing that . After visiting the first hide you will need to get back in the car and drive further along the road and do the same thing in the second.

You need to be travelling towards dubai on this road.

It is easy to spot the different varieties of wildlife and there are some wall charts to help you identify them.

For enthusiasts this will provide a very good location. For an interested amateur it is a 30 minute visit. There are no services at the hide no food or beverage outlets . In fact just the wooden hut!

Once done you need a second destination so plan this visit with another attraction like a creek cruise or the big bus etc

Visited November 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Been a couple of times and spotted many species, a good intro to the birds of the area. Sad to see the very good website (wildlife.ae) has disappeared at the time of writing this.

Visited April 2012
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