Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

1. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

Escape the hustle of Dubai and experience the calm of the surrounding desert to satisfy your sense of adventure. Choose from a shared or private option, and enjoy legendary Lahbab hospitality. Start your adventure with a convenient pickup at your hotel and drive out to the wilderness by 4WD. Journey to the remote desert area of Lehbab, approximately 50 kilometers from Dubai city center. Marvel at the silky red sand and towering dunes. Hop on a camel to get a short ride or perhaps choose the optional quad bike experience. Head into the desert onboard your 4WD Land Cruiser as the vehicle slips and slides like a roller-coaster across the dunes. Try your hand at sandboarding, or just relax and take photos of the spectacular views of the sunset, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

2. Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

Explore the Dubai desert in the best ways possible: dune bashing in a Land Cruiser, on camelback, sandboarding, and with the option of enjoying a traditional Bedouin camp experience with a BBQ dinner and shows. After your pickup in Dubai, ride off into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle, sharing this thrilling adventure with family and friends. Experience dune bashing in a Land Cruiser and stop to try out sandboarding on the red dunes as well. Take photos of the brilliant desert sunset with your group at a Bedouin camp. Hop on a camel for a fun ride and try out henna painting in the evening. Sit back at a Bedouin camp and marvel at the entertainment of a traditional Tanura show and belly dancing performance. Savor the rich flavors of local food at a BBQ dinner with Arabic coffee, fresh dates, falafel, and shawarma.

Dubai: Al Marmoom Oasis Vintage Safari, Dinner & Stargazing

3. Dubai: Al Marmoom Oasis Vintage Safari, Dinner & Stargazing

Tour Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve in a Vintage G 230 Mercedes. Explore an ancient Bedouin village while participating in local activities such as coffee making and camel riding. Savor a 3-course dinner while breathing in the one-of-a-kind desert ambiance. Start your trip with pickup in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle. After a 50-minute journey, arrive at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. On arriving, switch from your modern vehicle to a 1980s Vintage G Class Mercedes for a smooth ride over the dunes.  During the ride, make a photo stop in the middle of the desert. Taking advantage of this chance, learn about Dubai's history. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see wild animals while hanging on to the car’s rods and looking out through the open top.  Arriving at the traditional Bedouin village, enjoy an authentic Emirati welcome with gahwa (Arabic coffee) and sweets, followed by a camel caravan ride, where you’ll witness another perspective of the rare beauty of the desert landscape. Later, watch a live Arabic coffee-making session with a local. Sip on traditional Emirati coffee and explore the Bedouin village. Spot structures made of natural materials like goat hair and hear stories about the old Bedouin lifestyle and the culture and customs they still value today.  Next, it’s time to see an unforgettable sunset. Marvel at the endless sand dunes as the sun falls and snap some unbeatable photos. Before enjoying your own Emirati meal, you can learn more about the Emirati cooking style by seeing a village lady busy making Emirati bread and luqaimat, an Arabic sweet dumpling.  Then, an Emirati 3-course dinner awaits. Start with an appetizer followed by the main course and a dessert. Take this time to enjoy the lively Bedouin-style entertainment.  Get dressed in your own typical Arabian costume and pose with the majestic falcon to take more photos to remember your experience. As night falls, the camp lights will be turned off, allowing you to feel the true essence and magic of the calm desert while enjoying a stargazing session with a telescope. Conclude your trip by hopping back in the vintage Mercedes for one more ride back to your hotel or accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Desert

4. Dubai: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Desert

Take a sunrise tour of the Dubai desert from a hot air balloon. Perk up with a morning coffee or tea before experiencing picturesque views of sweeping sand dunes and stunning mountains. Spot wildlife roaming below you like oryx and sand gazelles. Be picked up from your accommodation in Dubai and sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the lift-off base camp. Have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea before your fight. Hop aboard and experience the excitement of lifting off. Take in sunrise views of sweeping sand dunes and distant mountains. Float across the sky and look for wildlife like the Arabian oryx or the sand gazelle. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of the tour.

Dubai: Al Marmoom Oasis Safari, Animal Spotting, & Breakfast

5. Dubai: Al Marmoom Oasis Safari, Animal Spotting, & Breakfast

Discover the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve on this morning trip in a Vintage G 230 Mercedes from the 1980s. Explore a historic Bedouin Village while participating in local activities such as coffee making and camel riding and taste authentic Emirati cuisine. Start your trip with pickup in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle and begin the 50-minute journey to Dubai’s only unfenced desert reserve covering 10% of the city. Upon arrival at Al Marmoom, switch from your modern vehicle to a 1980s Vintage G Class Mercedes for a smooth ride over the dunes.  During the 30 to 40-minute ride through the reserve, stop for photos in the middle of the desert. This will also be a good opportunity to learn more about Dubai, its history, and the significance of desert flora and fauna in traditional Bedouin life. After the tour, visit a Bedouin village in the conservation reserve. Spot structures made of natural materials like goat hair and enjoy an authentic Emirati welcome with gahwa (Arabic coffee) and sweets. Join a camel caravan ride and observe the dunes, witnessing another perspective of the rare beauty of the desert landscape. Once you return, grab the chance to witness a live Arabic coffee-making session after which you can taste typical Emirati coffee.  Get an Arabian makeover while trying on traditional outfits. Pose in your new outfits and with a village falcon for some one-of-a-kind photos. Later, sit down and enjoy a traditional Emirati breakfast while breathing in the desert ambiance.  With your stomach full, finish off your trip by hopping back in the vintage Mercedes for one more ride back to your hotel or accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Camel Ride & Falcon Show

6. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Camel Ride & Falcon Show

Discover the Dubai desert from a unique aerial perspective on an early-morning hot air balloon ride. Float above the red sand dunes of the Margham Desert and savor a traditional Arabic breakfast. Watch an in-flight falconry display and enjoy a camel ride. Your hot air balloon adventure begins early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Margham Desert for a refreshment and a briefing from the pilot. Next, you’ll be driven over the red sand dunes of the Dubai desert to your take-off location, where you’ll witness the inflation of the hot air balloon on the ground. After takeoff, you’ll float above the Arabian desert and enjoy the sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground, taking in breathtaking views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and native wildlife, including an in-flight falcon show. Once you’ve landed, you'll be driven back to the Margham desert to freshen up and enjoy an Arabic Style buffet breakfast. Enjoy a short camel ride along the sands of the desert before getting dropped off back at your hotel, where your tour will end.

Dubai: Tour with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, & Traditional Show

7. Dubai: Tour with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, & Traditional Show

Enjoy an evening in the desert, and relax during a delightful BBQ and the entertainment provided by traditional tanoura and belly dancers. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Dubai and driven to the deserts on the outskirts of the city. This is the perfect excursion for those who wish to experience the desert at night but aren’t interested in dune driving or dune bashing. A much more relaxed experience, this tour is especially suited for families, including the very young and the elderly. After you arrive at the the camp you can go on a short camel ride, or sit back and have your hand decorated with henna. After dinner you can enjoy Arabic coffee and a shisha. Other optional activities are available as well, such as quad biking and taking photographs with a falcon. Note that the optional activities are not included in the tour price.

Dubai: Desert Safari, Sand Boarding & Camp BBQ

8. Dubai: Desert Safari, Sand Boarding & Camp BBQ

Explore the desert on this all terrain vehicle day trip from Dubai. Cruise through desert dunes and watch the sun set over the Lahbab dessert. Participate in activities like getting your picture taken with a falcon or getting a henna painting. Eat a delicious BBQ diner with a live show. Have the option to choose a morning tour without dinner and a show or to choose an evening tour with dinner and a show. Pick from private and shared transfer options. Select an option with or without a VIP table. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Dubai. Relax on the drive to the surrounding desert. Cross the red sands and dunes of Lahbab in a thrilling dune bashing ride in a 4x4 vehicle before admiring the sun setting over the sands. Take a photo of the Bedouins as they cross the desert with their camel trains. Continue to a desert camp to benefit from a host of activities like henna painting, sandboarding, shisha smoking, camel riding, and getting your picture taken with a falcon. Cross the sands on camelback and experience the "ships of the desert" first-hand or try your hand at sand boarding down the dune for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Get a (removable) henna tattoo on your hands or feet. Watch traditional Arabic entertainment, such as a belly dancing show and the whirling dancers of a tanoura show. Smoke a shisha water pipe. Be served a barbecue buffet dinner of authentic Arabic cuisine in the middle of the desert. Return to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

9. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

Your hot-air balloon ride begins early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from the hotel. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive to the Margham desert. Stop and have a warm cup of coffee or tea once you arrive. Drive through the Dubai desert to your take-off location. Snap some pictures as the balloon inflates in the desert. Float above the Arabian desert and witness the sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground. Fly with falcon and experience breathtaking views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and try to spot some native wildlife. Once you’ve landed, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

10. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

Feel the thrill of seeing the sun rise over the Dubai desert as you soar at an altitude of 4000-feet during this hot air balloon tour from Dubai. Wake up with a hot morning coffee or tea before your flight.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up and dropped-off at your accommodations in Dubai. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the lift-off base camp. Have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea before your fight. Hop aboard and experience the excitement of taking off. Admire sunrise views of sweeping sand dunes and the distant mountains. Float across the sky and look for wildlife like the Arabian oryx or the sand gazelle. After landing, travel to an authentic Bedouin camp to fill up with a delicious breakfast. Feel the thrill of a desert camel ride. Capture pictures with a magnificent falcon to share with friends and family back home. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20,500 reviews

We had a really great day! Thanks to the best tour guide and driver Saaj who is extremely funny and friendly. My personal highlight was driving through the desert and dunes with oriental music on and sand boarding. The BBQ and the show at the camp were both great!!

Abdul was very knowledgeable about what he was doing and was very respectful! He made sure we were all okay during the tour and also drove very safe! I would want to have Abdul again as my tour guide anytime we’re back in Dubai. Thank you so much Abdul!!

Very well and professional organized safari. A 100% good experience! Very friendly people who gave me a safe feeling during all the aspects of the safari. Well done!

Ein toller Ausflug, der unsere Erwartungen übertroffen hat. Sehr umsorgt von unserem Guide erlebten wir schöne Momente.

Amazing guide with all inclusive plan. Really love the whole experience.