There’s a lot to explore across the Arbian Gulf land, sea and sky. Towering mountain ranges, lush wadis, savannahs and desert sands supports a wide range of wildlife – there’s so much to see.
To really get the full experience why not start your wildlife safari in the sky? Depending on where you are it’s common to spot camels, hare, turtles, gazelle, falcon and even the graceful Arabian oryx. For more information on the wildlife why not read our blog 'What can I see on a wildlife Safari in Abu Dhabi?'.
Here are some of the Emirates’ top destinations where you can start your wildlife safari in the sky.
Abu Dhabi - Sir Bani Yas Island
Located 250km down the coast from Abu Dhabi this idyllic Island offers the ultimate safari experience. While it’s possible to drive and ferry across, the best way to travel is by seaplane – we offer charter flights from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Start your wildlife experience in the sky and take in iconic landmarks and the glittering coastline before touching down at Sir Bani Yas Island itself. The island has been a protected wildlife reserve since 1977 and is home to more than 13,000 animals including Arabian Oryx, giraffes, striped hyenas and turtles.
You can make a spectacular day out of this nature encounter. Arrive by seaplane then get picked up for a guided 4WD safari where you can get up close to the wildlife, then finish your day with a sophisticated lunch at Anantara Resort. You could even extend your visit with an extra night or two at the Resort’s multiple properties across the island. We offer several packages including both day trips, overnight stays and full holidays.
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah (or RAK as is it often called) is the perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to experience the UAE’s wildlife and authentic Arabian hospitality. Take a seaplane tour and start your wildlife experience in the sky. The flight itself showcases the natural beauty of this unique emirate’s fertile plains, striking mountains, coastal mangroves and sandy desert. Complement your scenic flight it with a guided camel ride to experience our local heritage. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the activities on offer - from scuba diving, dune bashing, archery to camping. RAK is also home to several historical sites such as the Dhayah Fort which has been settled in since at least 3000 BC.
Our top spot to stay is Al Wadi Desert Resort which has some fantastic animal encounters and safaris on offer. There’s plenty to satisfy those who are wild at heart. In addition to 4WD guided tours, the resort also has its own stables for unique falconry, camel, archery and horse trekking experiences.
The sultanate of Oman is a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts. It’s famous for its incredible beaches, glorious mountains and unique wadis (valleys) which often hide waterways and pools that you can swim in. Seawings offers private charter flights and packages to this unique country from Dubai, so you can start your wildlife safari in the sky!
One of our most luxurious packages allows you to explore local wildlife from the land and sea. First you’ll explore the stunning coastline and vistas from Dubai, across Fujairah to Oman where you’ll gently touch down on the sparkling waters of Oman. From here you will be warmly welcomed at the Six Senses Zighy Bay. This award-winning resort offers diving (it has an accredited PADI centre), Dhow cruises, snorkelling, yoga retreats, paragliding and more. Located on the coast with a dramatic mountain background this is a slice of paradise. After you’ve explored the local marine life at Zighy Bay, you will be whisked away to Al Maha Desert Resort in Dubai to explore the rich heritage of the Arabian desert.
Located within the Desert Conservation Reserve the area is rich with local flora and fauna –Arabian Oryx and gazelle are often spotted. The resort has several animal encounters on offer including falconry, camel trekking and horse riding – all traditional sports steeped in heritage. Take to the dunes on a 4WD guided tour and get to know the locals with your expert guide.