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Wildlife sanctuary near Dubai feeds flamingoes to encourage them to breed on the site.

Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Der Dubai Creek ist ein natürlicher Meeresarm des Persischen Golfes, der die Stadt Dubai in die Stadtteile Bur Dubai und Deira teilt. Er ist 14 Kilometer lang und hat eine Breite von 115 Metern an der Mündung bis zu 1400 Metern an seinem Ende

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Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai, UAE
Filmed using Canon G3X Zoom equivalent 24 – 600mm

Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. Historically, the creek divided the city into two main sections — Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows coming as far away as India or time, was also based along the creek, whose warm and shallow waters supported a wide variety of marine life. Dhows used for purposes of fishing were also built on the foreshore of the creek. The importance of the creek as a site of commercial activity was a justification to introduce improvements to allow larger vessels to transit, as well as to facilitate loading and unloading activities. This led, in 1955, to a plan to develop the creek, which involved dredging shallow areas, building of breakwaters, and developing its beach to become a quay suitable for loading and unloading of cargo. The creek was first dredged in 1961 to permit 7 feet (2.1 m) draft vessels to cross through the creek at all times. The creek was dredged again in the 1960s and 1970s so that it could offer anchorage for local and coastal shipping of up to about 500 tons. The dredging opened up the creek to much more continuous traffic of merchandise, including the development of re-export, and gave Dubai an advantage over Sharjah, the other dominant trading centre in the region at the time. Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge connecting Bur Dubai and Deira was constructed in 1963. Although the importance of the creek as a port has diminished with the development of the Jebel Ali Port, smaller facilities, such as Port Saeed, continue to exist along the creek, providing porting to traders from the region and the subcontinent. [More]

Khaleej Times photographer Shihab captures the serene lives of the majestic flamingos at Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary in Dubai. WATCH MORE AT: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/videos
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Dubai Creek Harbour is a joint development by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, featuring a maritime waterfront community, shopping outlets, gourmet restaurants and cafes. Nature enthusiast can break from the waterfront lifestyle to experience Dubai’s Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary situated next to Dubai Creek Harbour. This community is well connected to major roads and only a 10 minute drive from Downtown Dubai.

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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, (Arabic: رأس الخور‎‎), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a wetland reserve renowned for attracting migratory birds in large numbers.

Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. The creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area. Although it impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbour in the city. [More]

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary or RAKWS. RAKWS is one of the few urban protected areas in the world, holding approximately more than 450 species of fauna and 47 species of flora. The sanctuary also boasts  various ecosystems from mangroves, mudflats, lagoons and sabkhas to reed beds and shrub lands.
تقع محمية منطقة رأس الخور للحياة البرية أو (RAKWS) في دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة وتحديداً في امارة دبي. تعد منطقة رأس لخور إحدى المناطق القليلة المحمية في العالم، حيث تأوي المحمية حوالي 266 نوعاً من الحيوانات و 47 نوعا من النباتات. كما تزخر المحمية بمختلف النظم الايكولوجية من أشجار القرم (المانغروف) والمسطحات الطينية، والبحيرات والسبخات والمستنقعات التي ساهمت جميعها في تكون هذا التنوع البيولوجي الغني. [More]

NEW: Wildlife photographer Profile Albert Froneman. Thousands of flamingos at the Ras al Khor Wetlands & some very funny photos.
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Here’s some info about where we filmed the Flamingos…
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, (Arabic: رأس الخور‎), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a wetlandreserve renowned for attracting migratory birds in large numbers. The wetlands have large numbers of birds, crustaceans, small mammals and fish.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary represents an enclave of relative wilderness amidst swirling traffic and sprawling urban infrastructure. Located just as the name in Arabic suggests – at the Cape of the Creek, it is among the few urban protected areas of the world.
The Dubai Municipality has taken great efforts to protect and preserve the biodiversity of this delicate ecosystem. The wetland has been fenced off from the public and three birding hides have been built. The bird hides are a first step towards development of more elaborate visitor education facilities in the protected area. WWF UAE Project Office collaborated with Dubai Municipality’s Environment Department, in setting up the facilities that were sponsored by the National Bank of Dubai.
Opportunities for experiencing a natural environment in this rapidly building-up emirate are so limited that the opening of Ras Al Khor to visitors is a boon to present and potential nature lovers.
Presently there are three birding hides located on the perimeter of the sanctuary open to the public. Entrance is free and operate from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday to Thursday.
The wetlands are a RAMSAR site.
The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. [More]

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