Jebel Ali Hotel  - return to Central Region

The Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort is a delightful spot on the coast with irrigated parkland and low cover.

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Directions and access:

Situated at the trunk of the Jebel Ali Palm, it is easily accessible from Dubai along the Sheik Zayed Road.

Birding strategy:

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.

 

 

Birds:

 

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.

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