When you think of the United Arab Emirates your mind may naturally go to such things as oil, glamorous hotels, fast cars, luxury malls, traditional souks and of course mile upon mile of desert. But what you may not be aware of is that the UAE offers some truly thrilling wildlife excursions as well and for one of the best experiences a visit to Sir Bani Yas Island will not disappoint!

Located around 170 kms from Abu Dhabi, this enchanting hideaway is home to the stunning Arabian Wildlife Park which in actual fact covers about half the island. Since there is so much to do here a good idea would be to stay at one of the resorts or hotels in Sir Bani Yas Island such as the well placed Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi which will organise excursions for you to explore the stunning Arabian Wildlife Park and discover its fascinating animal species.

So what kind of wildlife can you expect to see here? Well with over 13,000 animals inhabiting the island, you are ensured of a truly captivating experience. On your journeys be on the lookout for all sorts of intriguing sights; witness the sheer grace of majestic cheetahs, a giraffe stretching its neck to curiously sneak a peek at these new island visitors, a herd of endangered Arabian Oryx enjoying pure freedom in the wild, an ostrich defiantly strutting along the landscape, a striped hyena who you may get to hear “laughing” or even an adorable Arabian rock hyrax. With the park also home to mountain sheep, gazelles, deer, bats and not to mention hundreds of bird species, nature lovers are definitely in for a treat.

The best way to see many of these free roaming animals is to embark on wildlife drives, while there is also the option of enjoying a special nature walk that lets you soak up the atmosphere and have glimpses of the “wild side” of Sir Bani Yas Island.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.