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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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matla
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
My husband and I selected the platinum heritage morning Dubai desert conservation tour and it was truly a highlight. Hussam was our wonderful tour guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Bedouin life and the desert. He went more than out of the way to provide an excellent experience. Thank you Hussam!!
Written December 26, 2022
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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada936 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
This centre occupies over 4% of all Dubai land, and is made up of over 225 square kilometers of desert habitat, animals, birds, and other flora and fauna. We had the great good fortune of seeing many Onyx, and a small gathering of gazelles (much smaller in stature than I assumed).

To drive through this sanctuary you need a guide with a specially equipped vehicle. On the way into the park they deflate their tires to only approx. half their normal pressure. Then switch to 4 wheel drive for the sand. We experienced "Dune Bashing" where they drive off road through the dunes, and a number of people became motion sick.

We were taken to a spot with nothing but desert dunes surrounding us, to watch a dessert sunset. I was amazed at how fast the sun sets over the low horizon of the desert. It disappears within moments.

We.were taken to a beautiful gathering spot and spent a few evening hours in the desert trying local cuisine, riding on camels, dune boarding (much like tobogganing in snow), and experiencing Arabian entertainment. This was all arranged through Arabiab adventures

It was the best experience we had in Dubai so far.
Written March 8, 2020
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Dorien R
3 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
This review should demonstrate the lovely time we have had during the safari of Travco in the Dubai Desert. The trip was well-organized: we got picked up at the hotel where the journey to the desert begun, the surroundings were beautiful and everything was well-arranged at the camp with food and activities. The driver and our guide for the day was Mohammed Ali, he really made our time exceptional! He had remarkable knowledge about his craft and he had an amazing sense of humor. He took his time with us and the other passengers of the car by making photos of us in the desert and having great conversations with us during the ride. Additionally, great music in the car which made it even more fun. Overall, an amazing experience and a shout-out to Mohammed Ali!
Written January 4, 2020
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Maher K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates33 contributions
Oct. 2019
this was our best safari trip we ever had in Dubai, all family members were happy and they have spent a wonderful time through this adventure. Shall try it one more time. It is better to go there evening time.
Written October 14, 2019
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MelissaPeery
Arlington, VA571 contributions
Sep. 2019
There are many types of tours, cultural, dune bashing etc that will take you into the Murquab Conservation Reserve. Just do it.
Written October 1, 2019
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PrathaDenmark
Denmark, Australia94 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
My wife and I booked to go on he Desert Dunes and dinner safari with Arabian Adventures. It was exhilarating. The drive over the dunes was mind blowing and while terrifying we felt very safe as our driver was obviously an expert at driving over the dunes. Being a wildlife fanatic I was more than excited to see a desert lizard, Arabian oryx, desert gazelles and sand gazelle very close and in quite large numbers for such rare animals. I then rode a camel to a Bedouin tent, set up in the middle of nowhere for a typical Arabian dinner. It was set up very romantically with just my wife and I there with our guide and the chef, who produced a fabulous meal. (I am flattered enough to think that they may have thought us to be a young couple on a romantic journey and not an old married couple). I heartily recommend this tour with Arabian Adventures, it is a bit pricey but I felt it was worth every Dhiram.
Written June 18, 2019
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cicigirl
Toronto, Canada221 contributions
Nov. 2018
This was the highlight of our trip when we visited Dubai. It is a must do and I highly recommend it. Loved the surreal feeling when we were in the desert with the dunes and animals around us. I've neve we felt more at peace as I sis in this desert. There are a number of amazing things that you can do. We wend dune bugging and the camel ride was fantastic. We did that just in time to get the sunset.
Written February 3, 2019
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA4,906 contributions
May 2018
We visited the Desert Conservation Reserve with Platinum Heritage which I heartily recommend. We saw a number of wildlife, had wonderful photo opportunities and really enjoyed the desert with its flora and fauna. Highly recommended!
Written September 14, 2018
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uchiaramburu4384
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Couples
Camping, camels, campfire in the desert, bbq, and some traditional rituals in the dunes. Could not be happier with the decision to do this. What we missed was the jeepride as it was a bit stormy that day and we had to cancel it. But overall very good service and location. Highlight here, the bbq in the evening when while we saw the sunset with two other couples.
Written August 13, 2018
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amandawZ3570HC
United States5 contributions
Aug. 2017
I would go back in a heart beat. A very unique reserve, but with eyes open there is much to see and enjoy. I didn't stay in the reserve, but did enjoy a most delicious breakfast.
Written July 10, 2018
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