1. Dubai Safari Park
This beautiful park has over 3000 animals from across the globe and has become a popular attraction in Dubai for locals and tourists alike. The zoo is divided into various zones named as 'Villages', and these are classified based on the regions around the world in which the animals are based. They are Safari Village, African Village, Asian Village, Wadi Village, Arabian Village and Kids Farm which is a playground for children to learn about wildlife.
Location: Al Warqa 5 - DubaiTimings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, DailyTickets: Adults - AED 50, Child - AED 20
Location: Ras Al-Khor Industrial Area, DubaiTimings: 9 AM to 4 PMTickets: None
3. Jebel Ali Wildlife ReserveSpread over a massive 2000 hectares, Jebel Ali Wildlife Reserve comprises coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds and sandy beaches. It is now a part of the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The place observes a lot of social activities like turtle releases, mangrove plantings and clean-ups. The Reserve is managed by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) and the reserve is open to the public only when there are events. It is advised to not have any kind of interaction with the wildlife, especially the turtles and their hatchlings. Know more about the Jebel Ali region, here.
Location: DubaiTimings: Based on events organised by the EMEGTickets: NA
4. Dubai Desert Conservation ReserveThe Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is known to be the first National Park of the UAE. The reserve for wildlife in Dubai is home to the Arabin Oryx which is a rare species and one of the most special species of the reserve. The desert reserve is also home to a variety of winged animals and also rare species of insects. There are tour operators who organise camps, safaris and other activities in the reserve.
Location: Al-Ain Road, DubaiTimings: 7 AM to 5 PMTickets: None
5. Sea Lion Point
Located at Atlantis Aquaventure, the Sea Lion point will absolutely melt your heart. Sea Lions are generally very friendly in nature and they do tend to get along well with humans and at Aquaventure’s Sea Lion Point, you could get a nice photo or you could get to swim with them. You can also get an educational session where you will get to know all about Sea Lions and their natural habitat.
Location: Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis, DubaiTimings: 10 AM to sunset (Closing hours depend on season)Tickets: Sea Lion Photo Fun - AED 425 to AED 580Sea Lion Discovery - AED 620 to AED 760 (Individual should be at least 6 years of age)
Location: City Walk, DubaiTimings: 10 AM to 7 PMTickets: AED 120 at the counter, AED 110 if booked online. Free entry for infants under 3 years of age.
Location: Ground floor, The Dubai MallTimings: 10 AM to 12 midnight (Sunday to Wednesday)10 AM to 1 AM (Thursday to Saturday)Tickets: VIP explorer experience - AED 345Explorer experience - AED 230Dubai Aquarium and Aqua Nursery - AED 210King Croc Encounter - AED 310Ray Encounter - AED 310Otter Encounter - AED 310Shark trainer encounter - AED 310Shark Encounter - AED 630All-Access pass - AED 400
Location: Creek Park, DubaiTimings: Dolphin and Seal Show - 11 AM, 2 PM and 6 PMDolphin Planet (meet and greet) - 10 AM to 5 PMTickets: Dolphin and Seal Show - Regular - AED 105 (adult) AED 50 (child)VIP - AED 125 (adult) AED 85 (child)Dolphin Planet - Meet and Greet - AED 265 (mixed group) AED 1050 (private group)Shallow water - AED 475 (mixed group) AED1900 (private group)Swim w/ dolphins- AED 630 (mixed group) AED 2500 (private group)
Places for Wildlife Nearby DubaiSharjah and Al-Ain are also rich in wildlife and they have interesting places to visit different kinds of animals and birds.
Timings: *Sunday to Thursday - 9 AM to 5.30 PMFriday - 2 PM to 5.30 PMSaturday - 11 AM to 5.30 PM*Closed on TuesdaysTicket prices: AED 15 for adults, AED 5 for children(ages 12-16), free for children under 12 years of age.
10. Wasit Wetland CentreThis is a bird-exclusive conservation area and it was made a Ramsar site in 2019. It is located in northern Sharjah suburb of Wasit and it is a vast salt plain with extensive areas of mudflats, dunes and freshwater pools. There are 8 birding hides from where people can see the birds.
Timings: *Sunday to Thursday - 9 AM to 6.30 PMFriday - 2 PM to 6.30 PMSaturday - 11 AM to 6.30 PM*Closed on TuesdaysTickets: AED 15 per person (Free for children under 12 years of age)
11. Al Ain Zoo, Al AinSpread across 900 hectares of land at the foot of Jebel Hafeet, the Al-Ain Zoo is massive and is home to about 4000 animals. The Zoo’s major attractions are the big cats and reptiles, for which there are separate enclosures. Every day, the zoo has a bird show featuring predatory and night birds which lasts for 30 minutes starting at 7 PM. There is also a Dinosaur Trail where mechanical models of dinosaurs are present and their history is explained. All the animals are preserved in surroundings which resemble their natural habitats. The whole zoo takes about 2 hours to cover and wheelchairs are provided on request. Check out more about the Al-Ain Zoo here.
Conservation of wildlife in Dubai has been a major force to reckon and the local governing bodies have been doing every bit to maintain a balance in the biodiversity of the place. If you thought Dubai was all about a vast land of sand and camels in it, then this information is convincing enough to make you think otherwise.Timings: 9 AM to 8 PMTickets: Starting at AED 5