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Flora and Fauna of Dubai

Flora - The sandy desert surrounding the city supports wild grasses and occasional date palms. Desert hyacinths grow on the sabkha plains (the salt crusted coastal plains) east of the city, while acacia and ghaf trees grow in the flat plains close to the Western Hajar Mountains. Several indigenous trees such as the date palm and neem as well as imported trees like the eucalypts grow in Dubai’s natural parks.

Striped Hyena

Although man-made you’ll be amazed at the number of brightly coloured plants, along with some grasses, that you’ll see in the city itself along the road sides in places, but especially at large road junctions – they’re a delight to the eye. You’ll also find plenty of colourful plants in the city’s parks, in the grounds of the major hotels and in villa gardens. When they’re planting these displays the first thing to go in is the water irrigation system which is extensive wherever you find a lawn or flowerbed.

Other empty ground spaces in the city are just sandy and often used for unofficial car-parking.

You’ll see the colourful plant displays best from the top of a Big Bus.
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Birds and Animals* – In Dubai’s desert and mountain areas the houbara bustard, striped hyena, caracal, desert fox, hedgehogs, toads, falcon and Arabian oryx are common, not to mention the odd camel.

Dubai is on the migration route between Europe, Asia and Africa, and more than 320 migratory bird species pass through the emirate in spring and autumn including greater, pink-legged flamingos, black-winged stilts, grey herons, great egrets, reef herons and, if you're lucky, the brightly coloured yellow-billed storks.

If you want to see them, and you’ll need a car and a road map of Dubai, one of the best places is from the viewing and observation points at the inland end of the Creek in the Dubai Wildlife and Waterbird Sanctuary and Conservation Area. Although the odd pair may be available it’ll be best if you remember to take your own binoculars with you, if this is your interest.

This wildlife sanctuary is at the ‘back’ of Dubai, in effect just by one of the outer ring roads. To find it leave Dubai on the 301 Oud Metha Road and turn left at the BuKadra Interchange on to the E44, where, after a few hundred yards, you’ll need to park up on the left side of the road.

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Marine Life* - The waters of Dubai are home to more than 300 species of fish, including the hammour, which you’ll find on many a menu in Dubai. The typical marine life off the Dubai coast includes tropical fish, jellyfish, coral, dugong (aka sea cow), dolphins, whales and sharks, but these sharks do not present a problem for bathers.

Various types of turtles can also be found in the area including the Hawksbill Turtle and Green Turtle which are listed as endangered species.

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(*Source – largely Wikipedia.org)

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