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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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Desert | Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, Dubai 118887, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 809 8710
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 days 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 1 week ago

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

Thank Bianca G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Zafreen K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After our 4WD throught the reserve we found a lot more of the desert wildlife than we thought existed this was around dusk and sun set what an eye opener.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The desert is just plain scary - so hot so desolate absolutely no idea how the Bedouins managed to survive. Obviously it was explained but still amazing what people can cope with. Anyway it was an informative trip

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 13 May 2017

It is quite surprising that after about 10/15mins you are out in the desert away from the main tourist area.The area has some wildlife and great terrain

Thank markoDevon
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Clearly one of the highlights of my trip, the Premium Arabian Adventures Sundowner started off with private pick-up in a 4X4 at our hotel. Our driver/guide was wonderful: informative and not over-bearing. To start off, we saw both oryx and gazelles at the beginning f...More

Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This reserve is a protected area set aside from development, but used for 4WD tours, which feature rough and tumble rides up and down the dunes. The area itself is a treasure and makes a nice visit, were it not for the rough ride, which...More

Thank AthensBulldawg
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Hi everyone I m looking to book the evening trip to the desert on a Sunday , just want to know anyone recommends any? Because there is so many companies doin it I don't no which one the choose 😀I m very interested the vintage Land Rover one , I no it's abit extra compare to others but looks good, wAs anyone had a trip wit this group to share experience? Also I'm staying out the palm Sofitel, I want to know do they do hotel pickup there due to they all say central Dubai hotel? Thx so much 😀
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!
Not interested in dune bashing or camel rides, do you actually get the opportunity to see some real wildlife on the trips to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve?
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.
Is this accessible by metro? Thanks in advance
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.