Dubai is not just the hub for the tallest skyscrapers and the most sophisticated creations; it is also the niche and safe haven for thousands of migratory birds, who stop by this warm and welcoming land to take a breather. In the heart of the city of Dubai, along the famous Dubai Creek, 620 acres of land is dedicated completely to a sanctuary known as Ras Al Khor. Featuring saline flats, mudflats, mangroves, small lagoons and pools, this sanctuary attracts thousands of water birds, and makes a home to several other crustaceans, fish and even a few small mammals.
The Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary is peculiarly located in the midst of urban Dubai with the towering skyscrapers and traffic as its backdrop. The unique setting makes this one of the few protected areas in the world. It is a beloved location for the nation and is well protected by the government. The name Ras Al Khor means ‘the cape of the creek’ and signifies this unique location. The passion and devotion that stands behind this sanctuary certainly comes as no surprise, for Dubai is certainly short on eco-tourist locations, hence the sanctuary received a grand welcome at its inception and is preserved with this value in mind.
There are 3 birding hides located in the sanctuary; the mangrove hide, the flamingo hide and the lagoon hide. There are as it is a large number of birds already located here. The flamingos are particularly interesting, for in this sanctuary one can find a couple of rare varieties as well. Winter is the time of magic in this sanctuary. Over 20,000 water birds spanning 67 species can be found, out of which most of the birds are on the East African, West Asian Flyway.
The Sanctuary has more than just aesthetic value for it is that piece of land that signifies the biodiversity of the nation and hence forms a deep rooted link to the life supporting system which in turn aids humanity’s ultimate existence.
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