The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

The arid land of UAE doesn’t always give an impression of a variety of life to grow on it, for an outsider. On top of it are the stories of desert storms, long nomadic journeys, oasis human settlements etc., that completes the picture of a minimal-life barren land, smeared with the sweat of hottest sun. May be, Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary is yet to be a tourist swarm-spot, to prove the world wrong!

Usually tourist influx in the region starts by early November, with the onset of winter breeze on its coasts. And guess who is the first tourist to step into the land – the flock of migratory birds from the East!


The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is an unbelievable haven for various avian as well as animal friends, located just a stone’s throw away from the hustling buzz of the city and its traffic. This is one among the best-managed arid wetland zones in this region and is home to more than 500 species of flora and fauna. The flamingos with pink-white feather coats stroll all over the marsh in their hunt for the tastiest worm-dish for the day. ‘Cape of the Creek’ as the name suggests, this place is among the few urban protected areas of the world and offers free entry to nature-lovers.

Photos : Arvind Madhu

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