If you think Dubai's all about gargantuan skyscrapers, hotels, and resorts, think again: The mouth of Dubai Creek on the north end of the city marks a stunning and precious mosaic of brackish Persian Gulf wetlands. Its salt marshes, mudflats, lagoons, and mangrove swamps support a globally significant variety of birds--most famously the greater flamingo, which roosts here in the thousands. The spring and fall migrations bring especially impressive numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl coursing the East African-West Asian Flyway.
All this biodiversity within a stone's throw of Dubai's urban heart makes for a truly special destination. Several hides offer prime vantages for viewing the sanctuary's feathered inhabitants.
Have you always wanted to try skydiving, but been intimidated by the prospect of leaping into the... Read more