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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
Phone Number:
+971 4 809 8710
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

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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Most enjoyed endeavor ever... will do it again with family and friends.... loved it... the color of the dunes, excitement, sand boarding... everything literally... the driver was... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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Most enjoyed endeavor ever... will do it again with family and friends.... loved it... the color of the dunes, excitement, sand boarding... everything literally... the driver was awesome too...

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Nairobi, Kenya
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You've not ticked Dubai off your list if you haven't done the Desert Safari. My family and I did this with a company known as Arabian Adventures. We were driven by Ahsan. He is quite the gentleman and became fast friends with my two year old. He is very knowledgeable about Dubai and general Emirate history and current affairs. If... More 

Thank kgitahi
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Is a 30 to 45 minutes drive from the city to the desert. You will experience the 4x4 drive on the desert dune. (You find one or two odd case that the car flipped or else is quite safe). After the desert drive the driver will drop you off at the camp. At the camp you can do some shopping,... More 

Thank Tommy L
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When I first planned my trip to Dubai, the desert was “something to consider” but not in my priority list. Luckily, my fly to Bangkok was late at night and I decided to book the morning tour to the Conservation Reserve - giving me plenty of time to get back to my AirBnB, refresh and head to the airport. The... More 

Thank MarYelSol
London, United Kingdom
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Went in with group of 10 in a mini bus from JBR. Transferred to an open top vintage Land Rover by the gate of conservation reserve. The ride is great, had falcon viewing, enjoyed sunset in desert. Food is okay, tried camel milk and meat after riding a camel. Entertainment was okay as no belly dancing. Had a star gazing... More 

Thank Dan L
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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It was scary at first but once the adrenaline kicks in its amazing plus we had an amazing driver who was very helpful and fun. Highlight of it was getting to buy the arabian scarf and the after dinner entertainment. The quadbikes too!!I will definitely do this again

Thank Jacque D
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Came here with the jeep safari and really enjoyed it. Our day included a falcon display, sunset viewing, eats and belly dancing. Great day out.

Thank itchyfeet2014
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have heard a lot about it.Bt when i visited there.It actually changed my mind.Firstly its to far away from City.almost 50-60 mins away.Second the food provided by them is worst.you have to stand in queue as prisoners.They specify it as Buffet bt if you ask for second serving,they hardly give it.Food was worst. Very bad food preperation. 👎🏻👎🏻

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Wow what an amazing safari we had. Private pick up from Dubai and then headed out to the desert for a tour on open top Landrovers vintage 1950s. Amazing tour of the desert area, lots of wildlife and very informative tour guide. Dinner was also provided, but the camel may not be for everyone :) Enjoy the most amazing sunset... More 

Thank Bigdawguk
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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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