Al Zorah Nature Reserve, Ajman - Timings, Safari Cost, Best Time to Visit

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Distance (From Ajman Bus Station): 11 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours

Place Location: At Al Zorah Community

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: Visitors are required to carry an ID for verification, Please contact Ajman Municipality for permits.

At a distance of 11 km from Ajman Bus Station, Al Zorah Reserve is a protected reserve situated at Al Zorah community of Ajman. It is one of the popular eco-tourism places to visit in Ajman.

Established in 2004 to preserve the biodiversity and endangered plant and animal species within the territory, Al Zorah Nature Reserve is a protected area spanning 195 hectares around the mouth of the one-kilometre-long Ajman Creek in the Arabian Gulf. The reserve has a vibrant ecosystem made up of mangroves, turquoise lagoons and sandy beaches. The mangroves here are of the species Avicennia marina, commonly known as the Grey Mangrove due to their colour.

Al Zorah Nature Reserve in Ajman has been officially declared as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, making it the seventh site in the UAE on the Ramsar List. It is home to over 102 species of native and migratory birds including the famed pink flamingoes that can be spotted throughout the year and more so during the nesting season. The area is abundant with a variety of corals, fish, molluscs and indigenous flora, making it a highly sought-after destination for tourists as well as scientists and researchers to conduct field studies.

With seven kilometres of waterfront, two kilometres of beach and a tidal creek, the nature reserve is made for waterborne activities such as windsurfing and kayaking. The best way to explore the mangroves is by kayak, and the calm waters and network of channels make it suitable even for novice paddlers. Golfers, meanwhile, can tee off at the 18-hole Championship golf course at the nearby Al Zorah Golf Club. For added exhilaration, opt for the seaplane tours, abra rides, and adventure water sports like wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. When all is done, relax and relish a choice of aromatic food at the cafes and restaurants lining the waterfront.

Al Zorah has tied up with Seawings to extend the adventure with a seaplane flight that takes off from Dubai Creek, offering a 20-minute aerial tour of the emirate's glittering skyline and its traditional trading route before banking north towards Ajman.

Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free, AED. 150 for Mangrove Tour, AED. 100 for Wakeboarding