Ras Al Khor Sanctuary
RAKWS was established in 1985 and was officially declared as a protected area on March 1, 1998 by Local Order No. (2) of 1998. In December 2003, His Highness, the Ruler of Dubai has promulgated Law No. 11 of 2003 on the Establishment of Protected Areas in the Emirate of Dubai giving RAKWS full protection from Dubai Municipality.
On August 29, 2007, RAKWS was declared as the UAE's first RAMSAR Site. It was officially accepted on December 29, 2007 where the UAE become the 156th member of the RAMSAR Convention. It is also identified as a globally Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International and considered an exceptional wetland within UAE.