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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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Address: Desert | Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, Dubai 118887, United Arab Emirates
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+971 4 809 8710
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 07:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a designated protected area...

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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Private Tour: Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai with Optional...
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Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari with Soft Drinks in the Dubai Desert Conservation...
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All-inclusive Morning Dune Drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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It is one of the most favorite tourist attraction in Dubai. Must to do a desert safari while in Dubai.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is one of the most favorite tourist attraction in Dubai. Must to do a desert safari while in Dubai.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must to have adventure and a must to do activity by one and all visiting Dubai. Our trip was organised by The Arabic Adventure Company, with Mr Khaled and Mr Ikalaq escorting us. The drive over the sand dunes was magnificent and the arrangements for dinner accompanied by belly dancing was superb.

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Dubai is amazing for the contrast: modern and tradition, but also because ww can explore the marvel desert, make a conecction with the nature and check animals that only can be seen there. Take a ride over a camel do sandboarding, and feel the adrenaline in a rally..... an experience you will ever forget.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

loved being so close to the camels, and enjoyed the ride on the dunes, wish the lamb wasn't so fatty, but otherwise the food was fresh and good. I would have expected there to be ice for the soft drinks, but no. not good to serve lukewarm sprite, coke or water in the desert guys.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First good experience: the guide! Smiling, clever, educated, willing to help us enjoy our evening. Then the ride in the dunes... Wow! Fun and surprizing at the same time. Pause: Champagne in the desert, with chocolate made of camel milk (!)... Finally - and of course - diner in a camp, belly dancing, camel ride, shishia... Classic?... Yes, maybe. But... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

every time we travel there or stay in the desert, we want more. I would not recommend to use the buggies , try walk or camel

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Desert Dunes Safari and dinner at a Bedouin camp. An excellent experience and well worth the cost. An informative guide with a great sense of humor. Glorious sunset and great array of tasty food, plus henna tattoos, pipe smoking and belly dancing. Also views of wildlife within the reserve, A recommended adventure.

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Orsam Exp of driving land cruiser on desert,Mindblowing ups and down amazing turn around woww, must try at once while visit to Dubai,wonderful Driving skill

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great trip - we were picked up at the Hotel and learned lot about Dubai, the country, the nature and the culture on the 45 minutes drive back and forth to the nature reservation. There we saw quite a few animals which the guide shoesd us. The breakfast at the 5 star luxury resort Al Maha was... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great option for a long Dubai layover. They pick you up at Le Meridian Hotel (or wherever else you happen to be staying) and you have one driver for the entire excursion (pick up at 4pm and drop off at 9:30pm). It takes about an hour to reach the desert location and only vehicles designated “Arabian Adventures”... More 

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