Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary: Dubai’s enclave of serenity
The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is to migratory birds what Dubai is to globetrotters. The UAE’s first Ramsar site — a wetland ranked as of international importance under the Ramsar Convention — is a hub for many migratory birds, dominated by flamingos. This part of Dubai is an enclave of serenity amid the highways and skyscrapers. You can enjoy the wilderness from one of two hides, Flamingo hide, off Oud Metha, and Mangrove hide, off Ras Al Khor Road. Deputy Picture Editor Sankha Kar captures nature at its best.
Some of the birds are so acclimatised to the weather that they stay all year. They are fed twice every day by municipal workers.
The sanctuary affords birdlovers the opportunity to enjoy the wildness in the backdrop of the magnificent Dubai skyline domininated by the Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest tower.