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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

#9 of 401 things to do in Dubai Features Animals
Desert | Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, Dubai 118887, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 809 8710
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The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a designated protected area for the conservation the natural inland desert ecosystem of Dubai. It spans 4.7% of the total land area of Dubai Emirate and encompasses 225km2 of sand dunes desert ecosystem interspersed with gravel plains. The DDCR is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and has gained international recognition from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The DDCR is home to 57 Plant species, over 120 birds and 43 mammals and reptiles including the iconic Arabian Oryx. The DDCR can be visited by either staying at the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa or for day visits with one of the four concession holders; Arabian Adventures, Lama Tours, Travco and Alpha Tours.
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Desert | Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, Dubai 118887, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 809 8710
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth visiting if in Dubai area. This is such a different place from the rush of the city. See the beauty of the natural environment of UAE.

Thank PJA09
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The resort is an excellent choice for those looking for relaxation, privacy and good experiences of desert. Room Spaces Clean & Neat .,Staffs are very helpful and excellent foods.

2  Thank prasadrr
Reviewed 1 week ago

My ultimate favourite evening in Dubai was visiting the desert. It's such a change from the rest of Dubai. Exceeded all of my expectations. Never thought I'd pluck up the courage to ride on a camel but it was great fun, we had a great...More

1  Thank Nicolell98
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving through those Sand dunes in range rovers is enough to get your adrenaline pumping, add to that some magic show,belly dance hookas and tandoor. You have the perfect arabian night. There were plenty of tours offering this experience. Mine package cost was 150 dhirams...More

1  Thank Rakesh G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great 4 wheeling experience! Beautiful sunset.Very experienced drivers. We had the opportunity to ride a camel - something I thought I would never do., if was really fun. Dinner and entertainment were excellent.

Thank MaryT32
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed every bit of the show minus the camel ride. The show was magnificent and jaw dropping experience. The food is not that great. If your are plenty of more than 8 people then maybe you can get the VIP slots on the side...More

Thank doublemongos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the who place is soo beautiful with red dunes all around, would love to visit again in my own car. thank you

Thank Rounak j
Reviewed 13 June 2017

After enjoying the Dune Bashing and Desert adventure, this is the perfect place to chillax and enjoy the desert feels away from the city area. Have a glimpse of the beautiful sunset view as the sun slowly vanish from the sands. This conservation area is...More

1  Thank Bianca G
Reviewed 8 June 2017

When in Dubai you MUST do the desert safari. This is one of my must to do trips whenever I take any visitors to Dubai on a tour. Experience the Dubai culture and hospitality on this adventurous tour. Enjoy the drive on the dunes, feel...More

4  Thank Zafreen K
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Having spent 4 nights in Dubai, we moved on to Al Maha for a further 3 nights. Located in the Arabian Desert some 40-miles from Dubai, this is the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Upon arrival the welcome was warm & very genuine. We were escorted...More

Thank Longford_12
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20 March 2017|
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Response from camnyc2 | Reviewed this property |
We just went back in Feb with Platinum Heritage amd they were FANTASTIC!! Great time, really wonderful guides, wonderful dinner at desert camp. You cannot go wrong with them!
6 March 2017|
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Response from Alirio_Menezes | Reviewed this property |
You don't get to see the wildlife except for few trained camels.
31 January 2017|
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Response from Soumitra D | Reviewed this property |
No, the desert is quite far from the city and cannot be accessed by the metro.