Al Qudra Lake in Dubai, which is a man-made lake, is situated at the middle of the Seih Al Salam desert and Bab Al Shams.It was created as part of a project to green and enrich that part of the desert of Dubai.It is one of at least six other huge freshwater bodies created by the office of the Engineers of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Al Qudra Lake is now home for more than 130 species of birds and it is a great spot for bird watchers.So don’t forget to bring your binoculars!! Birds sighted in the lake include the Glossy Ibis, Caspian Plover, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Gull-billed Tern that prefer coastal areas. Also mainland and migratory birds like Eurasian wryneck, Rosy Starling, Common Starling, shrikes, Wheatears, eagles and falcons, are also spotted there. The lake has been stocked with Tilapia fishes whereas parts of its banks are covered with reed-beds, which makes this place more attractive for the birds.
If you are looking for more fun at Al Qudra, then the next best thing to do is to go cycling. Near to the lake, you can see world’s largest designated cycle track.Two brand new cycling paths with a total length about 86km have recently been completed at Al Qudra Road. It is an awesome experience to cycle through the desert without any traffic disturbances, enjoying the tranquillity of nature.Cycle Safe organises rides there on Friday mornings for beginners and advanced cyclists.
You can also find a lot of camping spots when you head south from the lake.There is also “Trek Bicycle Store? where you can get bikes for rental.
How to reach?
Take the road passing Arabian Ranches, Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. From the Polo Club it is 28 km to the Seih Al Salam??Qudra lake.