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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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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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“camel ride” (92 reviews)
“dune bashing” (104 reviews)
“sand dunes” (77 reviews)
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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 5 days ago

Took a trip to this reserve with an included a camel trek and it was well worth seeing. Beautifully peaceful place to visit on an organised trip though.

Thank SCE54
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is your best option to see the other side of urban Dubai. To see the unending sand dunes like you visualize in your mind when you think of a desert.

Thank SMLikestoTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Reserve allows you to have a glimpse of what most of the area looked like in the past, with native animals and vegetation, in a serene and pristine environment. It offers a great contrast to the skyscrapers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

1  Thank Marcus V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was amazing. Drive across the desert red dunes on a thrilling 4WD dune bashing. It is great adrenaline. After dune bashing, you stop in the heart of Dubai desert to try a hand at desert sandboarding. It is funny, mainly for people who...More

Thank Eva F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excitement. Thrilling. Scared for my life. This was a journey never to forget. It was so intense the dune bashing. Then we went for dinner. Delicious. We got to ride camels and watch some people perform acts. It was nice. We had our driver abdulsattar...More

1  Thank Ahmad H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a desert tour with platinum safari, suggested by our Dubai friends as a professional group. We felt safe and the whole evening was well organised. It is ( from my point of view) somewhat touristy. You travel in a small group by very...More

Thank stellamAuckland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A pretty good Safari and thats all rest all are are totally waste of time. The belle dance, fire dance, food, snacks etc are all basic and not worth of the time. But the main thing is the desert safari and that is really good...More

Thank gdas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very lovely evening experience watching the sun set and stars at night and being entertained during a bbq style buffet meal. worth experiencing

Thank s0wah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

what a feeling when you can see Oryx in the morning light. Mind the barbecue in the evening and go to the desert individual.

Thank giesserelisabeth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didnt expect to like it this much but it did!! i usually dont like to watch belly dancing but the dancer here was so graceful and amazing! also the skirt dancer was incredible!!

Thank Hikmat E
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24 September 2017|
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Response from AgentAC | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you can get a private car from the company that does the tours but will follow more or less the whole convoy of cars and more or less stick to the schedule. Sunset is part of the tour though in any case.
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 Travelaround59 | Reviewed this property |
You are in the desert so hardly the kind of wildlife you are seeing in Africa. Saying this there are plenty of Onyx and other little quadrupeds, little birds that are reintroducing in the desert etc.