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Visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to swap the hot bustle of the city for a scenic journey through the UAE's charming landscapes and traditional cultures. Here are a few fun ways to make the most of a unique day trip!
Desert safari tours will introduce you to a whole host of native flora and fauna, including foxes, wildcats, and the reserve's greatest conservation success, the Arabian Oryx!
If cruising the desert landscape in an off-road vehicle lacks romance, why not let an experienced guide lead you through the sites of interest by horse or camel?
The Bedouin's name means "desert dwellers" in Arabic and you're on their turf! Fortunately they provide great food and entertainment from the comfort of their homey tents.
Fancy a break from tradition? The sand dunes make an ideal setting for extreme sports like quad biking, sandboarding, and even sandskiing!
Whether you choose to see the sun set from the top of a dune or amidst the hospitality of a lamp-lit Bedouin village, don't miss this exquisite national park at its most stunning.
It isn't possible to visit the reserve without an approved tour group, so look out for tour operators that provide transfers from your hotel or the city center. Otherwise you can only reach the reserve by car via the E66, which starts out as the Dubai-Al Ain Road between Downtown Dubai and the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
The desert is, of course, very exposed to sunlight, so bring sunglasses, suitable headwear, and plenty of sunscreen! You'll need to use a lot of the latter so bring moisturizer to stop your skin drying out. If you're bringing an expensive camera then make sure it's protected against the sand (waterproofing also works!), and bring a water bottle even if your tour operator is providing it, just in case. Also, do NOT wear closed leather shoes!
- When to visitThe desert is there day and night, so it all depends on when you schedule your tour!
- What is the price?Depends on the experience you are seeking, but prices usually start around $100 per person.
- Will I need a guide?Definitely.
- How to get thereYour chosen tour guide will take you there in a private van from the city.
- Additional tipsEat lightly before your excursion. The bumpy ride across the dunes can make some people feel queasy!
What People Are Saying About Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Breakfast was disappointing. It would be a good option for people to get themselves to balloon point as there was a lot of driving in very uncomfortable vans. Drop off was worse as we had more people to drop off first.
We had a great time. The excursion was very organized, it ran well with multiple things offered for one's enjoyment. It was fun, exciting and at times relaxing, as well. Very much worth the price of the ticket. One of the best parts of our vacation!
Real dessert trip, no commercial activities, wonderful surrounding with excellent breakfast and 100% service, really worthwile to do
I was a bit sceptical when booking. Yes it is a touristy thing to do, but the organisation was spot on. You see real desert. Camel ride is short but fun. The food, drink and entertainment is spot on. Arabian adventures were excellent.
There is no way not to do such a trip. We were also lucky enough to get the best guide, called Yasir. He was so friendly. You better watch out your head while driving down the desert, those dunes are really tricky. After all that experience, you can enjoy a traditional meal in the middle of nowehere, where you can watch the stars while eating. It was so delicious.