Best view of Dubai skyline during sunset from Ras al khor wildlife sanctuary.PHOTO: Sankha Kar


The urban jungle of Dubai is not only home to impressive skyscrapers. This city that rose from the desert is also home to a diverse array of wildlife.

Unique animal species and other wildlife living in the emirate will steal the spotlight in October in a new one-off documentary from Discovery Channel titled Wild Dubai.

The documentary, produced for Discovery by UK-based Plimsoll Productions, will premiere in the Middle East exclusively on OSN.

Wild Dubai explores the vast — and often hidden — wildlife of the largest city in the UAE, as it journeys through the traditions of camel racing and falconry, reflecting the impact of heritage on the commitment to protect the wider environment and its wildlife.

“Discovery Channel has long been committed to telling the stories of and shining a light on the people and places that make our planet extraordinary. This documentary will reveal a side to Dubai never seen before and reinforce Discovery’s ongoing commitment to raise awareness about the ways in which we can protect and care for our wildlife and ecosystems,” said Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Middle East and Africa.

“This project has been such a joy,” said Dr Martha Holmes, executive producer at Plimsoll Productions. “I’d anticipated the beauty and tranquillity of the desert, but I’ve been surprised and delighted by the incredible diversity of life here and the variety of habitats. It’s been a real eye-opener and I want the audience to experience the same sense of wonder that I enjoyed while making the film.”

Given the global appeal of the bustling city, Wild Dubai will also air internationally in several markets across Europe, Africa and Asia on Discovery’s network of channels, following the Middle East premiere.

Emad Morcos, chief content officer at OSN, said the documentary is regional, informative and relevant.

“We are thrilled to premiere this insightful documentary across the Middle East. We believe in content that reflects the people and places of this region and Wild Dubai beautifully shows a side to the emirate that many residents and visitors have yet to uncover.”

Catch Wild Dubai’s premiere this October on Discovery Channel, exclusively on OSN channel 500, and on OSN Play and On Demand for catch up viewing.

More details will be revealed soon.