If you’re looking for an oasis of peace in the middle of the city, this is a perfect place to visit.
Wasit Nature Reserve, also known as Wasit Wetlands, is a protected area in Ramtha and is home to over 200 species of birds as well as a number of mammals, reptiles and rare insects. This is due to its diverse landscape – wooded area, salt flats sand dunes and a large lake.
Alongside nearby wetlands like Ajman Creek, it provides a stop off point for migratory birds in the spring and autumn.
From the indoor centre, you can observe a variety of birds in habitats similar to those they would normally live in and you can learn about the various species. There are a few interactive games for children. From the cafe, you can sit and watch flamingoes, herons, etc on the lake.
The centre also has an education room and a theatre where you can watch videos and a shop selling books and souvenirs.
Outdoors, you can take a free trip around the lake in a buggy (a disabled friendly buggy is available). There are eight hides with binoculars at different points around the lake. It’s a five kilometre walk around the lake, although you may have to argue your case to walk round by yourself! If you can, it’s a beautiful walk in the winter. In the hotter months, the buggy trip is doable with the breeze.
On your way round the lake, you’ll probably spot gazelles too.
This is a must-do for birdwatchers and fun for a family outing.
Opening times Sun-Thurs 9am – 5:30pm, closed Tuesday.
Entrance fees: Adults 15dhs. Children under 15 free.
Location: Al Ramtha, Sharjah (on border with Ajman) It is easy to access from all Emirates from the E311.
(Note: on recent visits, the cafe hasn’t had much other than snacks and cold drinks, but it does offer a great place to sit and enjoy the view)