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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

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Wetland Wonderland

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.

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