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RAS AL KHOR WILDLIFE SACTUARY

RAS AL KHOR WILDLIFE SACTUARY

Ras Al Khor is a wetland reserve which attracts migratory birds in large numbers, in particular a large flamingo colony. The total area covers 6.2 sq km and is surrounded by a additional buffer zone, the Sanctuary has about 266 species of fauna, and 47 of flora. Its varied ecosystems support diverse plants, insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. However, the majestic flamingos against a backdrop of dark mangroves are Ras Al Khor's most visible and attractive feature, about 1,000 of them drawing quite an interest from residents and tourists alike through the year. Migrants join resident flamingos during the winter season when 2,300 have been counted."

DUBAI DESERT CONSERVATION RESERVE

DUBAI DESERT CONSERVATION RESERVE

It’s a 225 square kilometer natural reserve and UAE’s first natural park and largest protected wild life. Contrary to the popular belief, the desert is teeming with life of all shapes and sizes. Home of the endangered species of fauna and flora, over 33 mammals and reptiles species indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula and has a wide variety of both resident and migratory bird species including barbary falcon, lappett-face voltures and even migratory cuckoo, arabian red fox, arabian oryx, leptian spiny tailed lizard, camels and lesser jerboa (rat).

MUSHRIF NATIONAL PARK

MUSHRIF NATIONAL PARK

Set up in 124 hectares, it is a large protected park with indigenous ghaf wood land. It is located in Al Khawaneej road, 5km east of the Dubai airport within easy reach of downtown Dubai. The site is already protected as a recreation park that open every day from 08:00-22:30. There had been 102 species excluding escapes has been recorded as of march 2015 and the star attraction is without a doubt the resident pairs of pallid scops owl near the mosque. Species seen regularly are: crested honey buzzard, greater spotted eagle, shikra, western marsh harrier, Eurasian sparrow hawk.

AL AHMADIYA SCHOOL IN DEIRA

AL AHMADIYA SCHOOL IN DEIRA

Whether you are interested in the history of education or simply fond of architecture there’s a plenty to see and learn about this place. Considered as one of the most prestigious and oldest educational institution and the first semi-formal private school in Dubai founded in 1912 by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk. It’s a two storey building near Gold Souq. It is open Saturday to Thursday from 08:00-19:30 and Friday at 14:30 – 19:30.