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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Updated: 28th December, 2022

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Although best known for the flamingos that flock here in winter, this is home to birds reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, fish and flora.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is an area located within Ras Al Khor, The Lagoons, Dubai.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary lies alongside the Dubai Creek, to the east of Dubai Design District and across the water to the south of Al Jadaff. Ras Al Khor in Arabic means ‘The Cape of the Creek’, which is what this place was before the Dubai Canal extended the Creek westwards to the open sea.

Covering an area of 6.2sq km, or 2.4sq miles, the sanctuary is made up of a variety of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, and lagoons. Although best known for the flamingos that flock here in the winter, this wetland reserve is also home to both nesting and migratory birds as well as reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, fish and flora.

The sanctuary is fenced off to protect the area and is closely monitored by the Dubai Municipality.

There are three bird hides located on the perimeter of the sanctuary which are free for the public to access during set daylight hours. These hides are the first step in an ongoing project to develop the protected area.

More about Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary here.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary it takes roughly 9 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 20 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 18 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 23 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 12 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 40 minutes' drive.*

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary Location

The map below shows the location of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Imagine at Dubai Festival City, 4.3 km
Kidzania, 4.6 km
Jameel Arts Centre, 4.7 km
Parks & beaches
Hartland Greens Park, 2.3 km
The Block, 2.8 km
Creek Island Central Park, 2.9 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 3.3 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 4.7 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 6.2 km
Cineplex Grand Hyatt, 4.1 km
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 4.3 km
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 4.6 km

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