Jebel Ali Hotel - return to Central Region
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The Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort is a delightful spot on the coast with irrigated parkland and low cover.
Directions and access:
Situated at the trunk of the Jebel Ali Palm, it is easily accessible from Dubai along the Sheik Zayed Road.
The rich and varied habitat of Jebel Ali Hotel with its exotic peacocks and guineafowl and its 9-hole golf course have attracted nearly 140 species since records began in 1981. Best visited in the early morning, the golf course irrigation sometimes attracts Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse between 08:00 and 09:30, usually at the inland edge of the course.
Jebel Ali Camel Racetrack is nearby and is worth visiting during winter and migration.
138 species (excluding escapes) have been recorded as of January 2019 (this number includes the nearby Jebel Ali Camel Racetrack).
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Desert Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Red-throated Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and Ortolan Bunting are regular migrants in spring, less common are Barred Warbler, Bluethroat, White-throated Robin, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Masked Shrike. Rose-coloured Starling are regular in August and September. Resident birds in the surrounding dunes include Black-crowned Sparrow-lark and Greater Hoopoe-lark. Small wooded areas between the fairways attract Black Redstart (Eastern) in winter, with Common Kingfisher in the harbour, often sitting next to Striated Herons.
Rarities have included: Black-winged Kite, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, Long-eared Owl, Black-throated Thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Icterine Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Black Drongo, Thrush Nightingale, European Robin and Eversmann's Redstart.