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Wild in Nature

Wild in Nature

For those who want to experience & learn about wildlife in a unique natural desert setting, the UAE offers a variety of world-class wildlife reserves and zoology and parks that boasts nearly 250 species, some of which are endangered. Visitors can get up close and personal with some of the most spectacular animals in their habitats and enjoy a nature-based experience in one if these parks – a perfect family and tourist day activity.

Dubai Zoo

The Dubai Zoo is the first zoo to become operational in the Arabian Peninsula. Originally only filled with big cats, monkeys and a few other animal species when it first opened, the Dubai Zoo which you will experience today is a world away from what it used to be. Today, the zoo consists of 5 acres of land and offers over 200 animal species for the public to view, including the Arabian wolf, the Gordon's wildcat and various primates and birds of prey. Those who visit the zoo can see a number of beautiful animals and enjoy the outdoor setting, all at a low admission price of 2 AED. br>
Hours of Operation: 10am to 6pm daily
Admission Fees: 2 AED
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
Location: +971 4 344 0462

Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, with at least 30 percent of its 180 species considered endangered. This 900 hectare park near the base of Jebel Hafeet is where visitors can see a large animal collection in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics and also playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area. Giraffe feeding, camel riding and "Elezba" petting zoo are some of the interactive activities visitors can enjoy. Designed in the style of a local farm, the "Elezba" petting zoo lets families feed and play with sheep, goats, camels, lamas, chicken and ducks, enjoy camel riding or picnic in a designated area.

Hours of operation: The general opening hours for the zoo are from 9am to 8pm, however during the hot summer months (May-September), the facility operates from 4pm-10pm
Admission Fees: 15 AED – Adults, 5 AED – Children
Location: Near Traffic Police, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
Contact information: +971 3 704 1500

Emirates Park Zoo

With 660 animals, including a majestic pair of white tigers, a 31-year-old, 300 kg-plus Siberian bear, lions, cheetahs and dozens of zebras housed in the zoo’s "Predators" and "Wild Animals" enclosures, the Emirates Park Zoo in Al Bahia, a north-east suburb of the UAE capital features a park-wide "misting system" which keeps animals and patrons cool in the summer months.

Hours of operation: May: 9.30am to 8pm, June-August: 5pm to 9pm
Admission Fees: Single Adult (6 years old and above): 25 AED
Under 5 years old: 10 AED
Under 2 years old: FREE
*Entrance price now included admission into Ocean Park and our newly opened Reptile and Amphibian House
Animal Feed: 5 AED per bundle
Sea Lion Showtimes: you can enjoy watching our sea lions Education Presentations with 20 AED per person, free for children 3 years old and under.
Sunday-Thursday: 4.00pm, 6.15pm
Friday-Saturday: 12.00pm, 4.00pm, 6.15pm
Location: Al Bahia, north-east of Abu Dhabi city, 35km away from the capital on the way to Dubai
Contact information: +971 2 563 3100 or

Ras Al Khor Bird Sanctuary

The Sanctuary at Ras Al Khor 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. This wetland reserve is renowned for attracting migratory birds and large numbers of flamingos, crustaceans, small mammals and fish. Presently there are three birding hides located on the perimeter of the sanctuary open to the public.
Hours of operation: 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturday to Thursday
Admission Fees: Entrance is free and open to public
Location: Ras Al Khor, Dubai

Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island

Sir Bani Yas Island and its surrounding waters are home to more than 10,000 free roaming members of the animal kingdom, from oryx, gazelle and deer to giraffes, dolphins and sea turtles along with the newest arrivals, hyenas and cheetahs. Many of the more than one hundred individual species of wild birds, which can be found on the island, are indigenous to the region, and several non-indigenous species have settled during migration and made the island their permanent home. When you participate in one of the many activities offered on the island you can view a number of these special animals in the Arabian Wildlife Park, which takes up close to half the size of the island. The Park offers the opportunity to experience free-roaming indigenous wildlife in natural settings. The island is also a beautiful place to stay in for a simple retreat or a luxurious vacation with The Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, which offers relaxing accommodation.
Location: 240 km along highway E11 west coast from Abu Dhabi.
Admission Fees: For a day trip, contact the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara to inquire about activity packages.
Contact information: +971 2 801 5400 or

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