Beyond the Desert: Exploring Nature and Wildlife in Dubai

As we hear the name of Dubai, the main thing that strikes a chord is oil. We then think of travelling through the renowned deserts of Arabia. Moreover, when we attempt to contemplate places of tourist attractions, we end up in the magnificent Burj Khalifa. This is all we know. However, you would be shocked to realize that there are few famous natural reserves in Dubai enabling you to explore nature and wildlife. Allow us to explore nature and wildlife in Dubai at these famous natural reserves.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
At a little distance from Dubai, you can be at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home to different species of birds due to its greenery. There are lagoons, salt flats, mangroves and intertidal mudflats making it the ideal home for birds. This sanctuary has recognition from BirdLife International to be an important bird habitat. It is also an ideal place for other aquatic mammals to breed. When you are there you can view flamingos and snow-white birds. It is a heaven for birdwatchers.

It stays open from 9 AM to 4 PM on all days except Friday and you do not have to spend a penny to enter.

The Green Planet

The Green PlanetIf you wish to explore nature and wildlife in Dubai another place that will beckon you is The Green Planet. It is a place where you can have close encounters with 3000 species of animals, plants, and birds. As you enter, you will feel immersed in the forest. You can witness flora and fauna of a wide range. It has the world’s longest man-made tree whose height is 35 meters. The environment is dark and humid and you will feel like you are in Amazon.

It stays open from 10 AM to 7 PM on Sunday to Wednesday and on Thursday to Saturday it stays open till 8 PM. It has a price to enter for adults is 44 AED and for children 22 AED.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Best Dubai Desert Conservation ReserveIf you desire to have a close encounter with gazelle and Arabian Oryx then you need to be at this fenced Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. You can also see fifty plant species at this reserve along with varied bird species. It is also possible to enjoy a wildlife safari here. There are beautiful resorts where you can stay to enjoy the landscape and experience the cultural heritage of the country. It is also possible to enjoy horse riding, camel riding and sandboarding here. It is also possible to enjoy falconry here.

It stays open from 7 AM to 5 PM and is free to enter.

Sea Lion Point

Dolphins & Sea Lions Encounter in  Dubai's Top Waterpark You need to be at Crescent Road in Dubai where Sea Lion Point is if you are an animal lover and want to have a close interaction with Sea Lions. You can enjoy kisses and cuddles from these homely mammals. It is an ideal place for a family trip and can enjoy a sun bath at the beach.

It stays open from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM and you need to pay approximately 440 AED to enter. The experience will be such that you will not hesitate to spend the entry fee.

Wasit Wetland Centre

Wasit Wetland CentreIf you are a bird lover, this wildlife sanctuary is the ideal place for adventure and education. It is located on the outskirts of Sharjah in Dubai. It is possible to watch almost two hundred species of migratory and native birds here. 

 Previous to 2007 it was a normal wetland. In the year 2007, this 4.5 square kilometres of land, was declared as the protected sanctuary for endangered migratory birds. This place is a pleasant sight for your kids. It is possible to serve food to the ducks and flamingos at this reserve.

It stays open from 9 AM to 6.30 PM. You need to pay 14 AED for individuals above 12 years.

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre

Conservation Centre UAEIf you desire to watch indoor nocturnal habitats under a gigantic stretch of mountain, you cannot miss visiting this place when you are in Dubai. Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre is across 12 square kilometres of land. This is the most exceptional place with a great sight of around thirty mountain and desert species.

 You can hire golf carts that help you to take a brief tour across the region. This place would allow you to have the same experience while enjoying the Dubai wildlife desert safari with the wild animals and birds around.

 This place is also great if you love mountains. There are quite a few mountains, small and huge that you can trek.

It stays open from 9 AM to 5.30 PM. On Saturdays, it is open till 4 PM. The cost to enter is 45 AED.

So, try to incorporate these places into your itinerary if you wish to explore nature and wildlife during your vacation in Dubai.

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