Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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Top 5 things to do in the Dubai Desert

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!

  • Discover incredible wildlife

    1. Discover incredible wildlife

    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!

  • Ride camels and horses

    2. Ride camels and horses

    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?

  • Enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal

    3. Enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal

    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.

  • Try sandboarding

    4. Try sandboarding

    Fancy a break from tradition? The sand dunes make an ideal setting for extreme sports like quad biking, sandboarding, and even sandskiing!

  • Watch the sun set over the dunes

    5. Watch the sun set over the dunes

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    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.

  • What to bring?

    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!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The desert is there day and night, so it all depends on when you schedule your tour!
  • Is it expensive?
    Depends on the experience you are seeking, but prices usually start around $100 per person.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Definitely.
  • How to get there
    Your chosen tour guide will take you there in a private van from the city.
  • Additional information
    Eat lightly before your excursion. The bumpy ride across the dunes can make some people feel queasy!

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What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,995 reviews

The early start is 100% worth it. Our guide Amin was timely, knowledgeable and great company. The desert at sunrise was amazing and the birds we flew each had their own personalities. We are thankful for the photographic skills and have beautiful memories with video and photo reminders. This trip exceeded all our expectations thank you so much for creating an Arabian adventure for us today

We loved this safari. Our guide, Saeed, and all the staff were fantastic and very professional. They were extremely knowledgeable, and the entire excursion was planned efficiently. The equipment and accommodations were pristine--clean and high quality. The food was excellent, and they provided water throughout the trip. I would recommend this safari to anyone without hesitation.

Everything was carefully planned and very accommodating from the hotel drop-off/pick-up to the variety of activities offered throughout the day. The crew was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. I made new friends during the experience that made the excursion even more impressionable. And the food was AMAZING! Thank you Platinum Heritage!

Very nice experience accompanied by 2 top guides (Nikky & Munera)! The reserve is well preserved and the dinner camp really takes you on a journey. The price / quality ratio is excellent from our point of view. We highly recommend!

Such a wonderful experience ! I’m so glad I did it and also a big thank to Mustafa for his friendliness and his humor Thank you guys