Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
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Dubai: Sunrise Balloon Flight with Breakfast & Falcon Photo

1. Dubai: Sunrise Balloon Flight with Breakfast & Falcon Photo

Your balloon adventure starts out with an early morning pick-up at your hotel. Then, head out before sunrise to the desert to begin a 4-hour adventure! You’ll float above the Arabian Desert for about an hour in the rising morning sun. In addition to seeing giant red sand dunes you’ll be on the lookout for camels, wild gazelles, vivid green oases, date farms, and the ever-changing shadows on the desert landscape. Keep an eye out for the mighty Arabian oryx in their natural habitat. Once you have landed, drive to a private desert conservation reserve and freshen up in the clean, private bathrooms. Get the opportunity to take a photo with a Peregrine falcon and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of delicacies such as hand-cut smoked salmon, a fruit platter, and more.  After the end of this magical ride you’ll be transferred back to the city and dropped off at your hotel.

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Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

2. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

Begin your hot-air balloon ride early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from the comfort of your 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. Take in 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.

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve 5-Hour Tour with Breakfast

3. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve 5-Hour Tour with Breakfast

Escape the heat of the city and discover the pristine desert eco-system inside the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Your professional safari guide will skillfully pilot your Range Rover through the reserve in search of the Arabian Oryx, a true modern day conservation success story. Here you can see abundant birdlife, desert monitors, gazelles, and maybe even the rare Gordon’s wildcat. The reserve is the United Arab Emirate’s first national park, and is dedicated to preserving the unique and beautiful desert habitat and the hundreds of fascinating flora and fauna species it hosts. This is your opportunity to view the most carefully preserved wildlife area in the United Arab Emirates. Your day will conclude with a fresh juice, tea, or coffee and a delicious breakfast at the famous Al Maha Desert Resort.

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From Dubai: Heritage Dinner Desert Safari

4. From Dubai: Heritage Dinner Desert Safari

Take a step back in time and experience Dubai as it was 50 years ago. Your professional guide will escort you on a stunning journey in a museum quality 1950’s Land Rover. These vehicles were extensively used in the 1950’s and since then have become part of the UAE history. No other vehicle offers a more authentic desert experience to spot exotic local wildlife within the pristine Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Your Bedouin camp, lit with the gentle flames of traditional lamps is nestled inside a private Royal desert retreat. As our guest, we will show you plenty of cultural activities such as henna, falconry, music, bread making and will provide the opportunity to learn how to prepare a local recipe handed down from generation to generation. Then, we'll enjoy a scrumptious dinner under the stars. History comes to life in this unique and fascinating heritage excursion. During the holy month of Ramadan, experience Ramadan in Dubai as it was 50 years ago. Break the fast and learn about the holy month in true Bedouin spirit. Learn about Ramadan, Iftar and let UAE history come to life in this once in a lifetime heritage event.

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7-Hour Platinum Desert Safari from Dubai

5. 7-Hour Platinum Desert Safari from Dubai

Experience an evening under the desert stars at a royal retreat. Travel from Dubai in a legendary Range Rover, the off-road vehicle of choice for royalty, the rich, and the famous. Your expert safari guide will take you on a fascinating journey through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in search of exotic native wildlife. See a falconry demonstration as you watch the sun drop under the horizon. A gentle camel ride will take you to your secluded private dinner venue, nestled in the dunes. Relax under the stars as you enjoy live entertainment, and a shisha. Private bathroom facilities are also provided at this exclusive venue.

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Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride

6. Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Experience Dubai as it was a half century ago on a full-day safari of the desert dunes. Following a pick-up from your hotel, head out to the desert landscape and explore it from the back of a camel. Traveling like the ancient nomads, enjoy a stunning journey through the desert on a traditional camel convoy. This is the most authentic way to trace the footsteps of the Bedouin travellers. Upon arrival at a Bedouin camp, soak up the atmosphere of the gentle flames from traditional lamps nestled inside a private royal retreat. Demonstrations of traditional activities, such as henna painting, falconry displays, and authentic folk music and dance will keep you entertained (not available during the Holy month of Ramadan). Learn the traditional ways of making bread according to recipes handed down from generation to generation. End with a scrumptious dinner under the stars as history comes to life in an ageless landscape.

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Dubai: Desert Self-Drive Experience

7. Dubai: Desert Self-Drive Experience

Strap in for an unforgettable adventure as you drive across pristine desert terrain in a jeep, quad bike, or buggy, and experience a 60-minute rollercoaster ride with friends or family. Embark on an epic journey across the desert wilderness and feel the thrill as you career over sand dunes in your chosen 'Ship of the Desert', and maximize your experience in this incredible landscape with an optional sand-boarding ride. Relax in the capable hands of an experienced off-roading instructor, who will provide you with comprehensive safety training on how to manage your vehicle on the sand.

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Dubai Private Night Safari & Astronomy

8. Dubai Private Night Safari & Astronomy

Explore the Dubai desert after the sun has set and the temperture has cooled. Watch the desert come alive with nocturnal animals, and gaze at a sky filled with stars. You will travel to the desert by vintage 1950s Land Rover. Then, using high-tech night-vision binoculars, explore the extraordinary desertscape after dark. Even day time animals can emerge from their hideouts to drink, forage, and frolic after the heat of the day. Experience the quiet desert atmosphere and fresh desert air, in sharp contrast to the bright lights, intense heat, and loud noise of Dubai city center. After your nature safari, relax at an open-air camp belonging to a local royal family. Enjoy the cool desert air under a blanket of stars, as a three-course dinner and drinks are served. You will also get the chance to try an aromatic shisha pipe for a truly authentic Arabic experience.

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Dubai: Premium Hot Air Balloon Flight with ATV & Horse Ride

9. Dubai: Premium Hot Air Balloon Flight with ATV & Horse Ride

A hot air balloon in Dubai with the award-winning Balloon Adventures is truly unique. Not only do you get to float over the Dubai desert at 4,000ft, but after the flight, the adventure continues traversing the desert in museum-quality Limited land Cruisers. A gourmet breakfast à la carte is served in an authentic desert setting on a Royal desert retreat. The experience includes pick up and drop off from Dubai hotels. All hot air balloon baskets are equipped with GoPros so that you can hold on to the memory for years to come.

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What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Very well organized and very friendly staff. Warm impressions during the balloon ride followed by a good breakfast. Getting up early was worth it. thank you

The collection went very well. The balloon ride was just great and the sunrise. The breakfast was good and there was something for everyone

O vôo foi espetacular! Adoramos o atendimento, o café da manhã e os animais! Parabéns a toda equipe!

Amazing Experience ! Loved it The team is so nice I recommend greatly

You can't do better - top from start to finish!