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Saih al Salam Desert Reserve - 24.831471N , 55.252108E

Dubai area:

Saih al Salam Desert Reserve is a large desert reserve 12 km southeast of the new Dubai World Central airport.
It was first birded in May 2012, so a recent discovered site.


Directions and access:

The easiest access seem to be to take the road passing Arabian Ranches and Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. From the Polo Club it is 28 km to the Saih al Salam--Qudra lake turnoff at 24.829429,55.281389.
Update 21 April 2014; access to swan lake now restricted. No Entry! No birding to the north of the access road, as this is private land with patrol vehicles.

Update 15 January 2016; Al Qudra Lake access now restricted with a fence and locked gate.
The best area to bird is now the Dune Lakes.


Birding strategy:

Dune Lakes: The Dubai Municipality have released a variety of exotic waterbirds like Black-necked Swan, Mute Swan, Barnackle Goose, White-cheeked Pintail etc in the lakes. This is also an area of introduced Macqueen's Bustard (these birds are so tame they will often run after your car).



178 species (excluding escapes) have been recorded as of March 2015.
Key species includes Cream-coloured Courser, Greater Hoopoe-lark and Black-crowned Sparrow-lark. Eastern Imperial Eagle and Lappet-faced Vultures recorded regularly winter 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17.





Rarities have included Pectoral Sandpiper.