Photograph flamingoes at Ras Al Khor

Not many residents know it but Dubai is home to one of the world’s few UNESCO-protected wildlife sites. The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (situated between the towering Burj Khalifa and the stretching Meydan Hotel) is a 620 hectare site which is home to more than 20,000 birds and 67 different species in the winter months. The most exciting, and best for amateur photographers to shoot, are the flamingoes. The population has doubled in the last 30 years and now more than 3,000 birds call it home. Screw in your zoom lens, pack up a picnic and spend a rare afternoon of tranquility communing with nature.

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