Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai

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#2 of 34 in Nature in United Arab Emirates
National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Explore the extensive landscape and diversity of nature at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a protected natural area. Away from the bustle and change that is modern-day Dubai, this conservation project was established to maintain no less than five percent of the Emirate of Dubai's total landmass. Trek across the dunes on the back of a camel and look for the wildlife that has been reintroduced to its natural habitat, such as caracals, sand foxes, and Brandts hedgehogs. Enjoy a range of traditional Arab pursuits, such as archery and horse riding, or something a bit more modern, like sand boarding. Check out the falconry presentations, where you'll meet the birds of prey up close. Use our Dubai trip planner to visit Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on your trip to Dubai, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
  • 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.....  more
    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.....  more »
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  • Maybe I'm not a desert person at all, but this tour was a pretty big disappointment to me. Riding around in cars is fun in theory, but I wouldn't recommend it for those, that suffer from car sickness or ate something before the trip. Desert itself is only a vast sandy and windy area, like a beach without the fun part (sea, duh). The camp we went to later on looked rather cheap and carelessly thrown together. There were attractions like getting henna tattoos (cool), riding on a camel (no thanks, but I petted them), watching some dances (meh) and a dinner (again, meh). On the plus side it wasn't terribly expensive, but it still felt mostly like a wasted time to me. I guess I didn't manage my expectations well, but, on the other hand, no one in my group was especially impressed.
  • Well maintained. The place is beautiful. The rides are amazing. I would highly recommend it. One of the must do things in Dubai. Anyone going to Dubai for their first time should visit this place and especially the rides that several companies offer over the sand dunes.

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