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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Dubai Desert

1. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Dubai Desert

Take a sunrise tour of the Dubai desert from a hot air balloon. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up and dropped-off at your accommodations in Dubai. Perk up with a morning coffee or tea. 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: Vintage Car Evening Safari & Al Marmoom Oasis Dinner

2. Dubai: Vintage Car Evening Safari & Al Marmoom Oasis Dinner

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: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

3. 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.

Dubai: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

4. Dubai: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Experience a morning desert expedition that will show you the serenity of the Arabian sands. Take in views of the unique landscape, enjoy a camel ride, give sandboarding a go, and try typical Arabic specialties. Escape the city and head north to the desert, boasting spectacular landscapes of pristine, rolling sand dunes. Once you arrive, stop to deflate the tires then enjoy an exhilarating ride over the undulating dunes and into the wilderness, making several stops for photos. The drive continues until you reach an Arabian Desert Campsite, where you will experience a traditional welcome with ‘Gahwa’ Arabic coffee and local dates. Stretch your legs and enjoy a brief camel ride, sandboarding, and shisha, the Arabic water-pipe.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

5. 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: Private Falconry Safari

6. Dubai: Private Falconry Safari

On this private 5-hour program, head to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4WD vehicle. Enjoy a nature drive in search of the houbara bustard, Arabian oryx and sand gazelle. At the Emirati Falcon Hunting Camp you’ll be welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates. The falconry experience begins as you help to train a greater spotted eagle, desert eagle owl and Harris’s hawk. All of the birds will be flown to your gloved fist. Participate in a modern training technique: fly a peregrine falcon, the planet’s fastest animal, to a drone. As an optional add-on, you can enjoy breakfast at the luxurious Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, or a picnic-style canapé breakfast at the falcon camp.

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

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

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. Once you’ve landed, you'll be driven back to the Margham desert to freshen up, and enjoy an Arabic Style buffet breakfast. Finally, be dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

Dubai: Polaris RZR, Sandboarding and Camel Ride Safari

8. Dubai: Polaris RZR, Sandboarding and Camel Ride Safari

Make memories that will last a lifetime on this desert adventure in Dubai. Get behind the wheel of a Polaris RZR 1000 CC with a mind-blowing 195 hp at your control and experience unmistakable power that will leave you breathless. Add a camel ride and sandboarding to your adventure. Start and end your experience in the heart of the desert. Enjoy automatic gear buggies that make it easier for you to enjoy more in the open dunes and trek. Drive your machine your own way through the dunes in the desert. Explore incredibly beautiful terrain in a powerful 4x4 2-seat buggy accompanied by experienced tour guides. Add more thrill to your day with a ride atop a camel or sandboarding. Take time to relax for a short break in the middle of the desert, snap some pictures, and enjoy soft drinks and water.

Dubai: Desert Self-Drive Experience

9. 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.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with ATV, Camel Ride & Breakfast

10. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with ATV, Camel Ride & Breakfast

Fly over the Dubai desert at 4,000 feet above the ground on a hot air balloon. Then, get ready for a short drive through the dunes in a vintage Land Rover towards a royal desert retreat. Once there, taste a gourmet breakfast and experience the desert in the most original way, on camelback.  Climb into the basket and before you know it, you will begin to peacefully float off the ground and ascend into the sky. All hot air balloon baskets are equipped with GoPros so that you can hold on to the memory for years to come. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Arabian sun behind the Hajar Mountains over the desert dunes. Try to spot from above the Arabian oryx, gazelles, or wandering camels in the sand dunes. Continue your adventure exploring the desert in museum-quality limited-edition Land Cruisers. Then, treat yourself to a gourmet breakfast served on a royal desert retreat. Before heading back to the city, explore the camp or relax in the majlis, their traditional sitting places.

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What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25,422 reviews

Really nice desert safari with a great photo stop. The dune bahing is absolutely cool, but you should have a good stomach (e.g. tolerate roller coaster rides). In the event of nausea, the driver immediately takes heed and tries to distract; meanwhile always asks if everything is fine, if someone is feeling sick. The camel ride is short but absolutely sufficient. Sanboarding is really a lot of fun. All in all, absolutely recommendable!

Amazing experience !!! Thanks to our guide Imran we spent wonderful hours! The ride on the camels, the ride on the dunes, the typical dinner in a tent with a dream setting ... all wonderful! We saw many animals on board the jeep and we were able to admire a wonderful sunset!

Imran, thank you for creating a wonderful experience. Your attention to detail, knowledge and hospitality made this trip an experience I plan to repeat in a future visit to Dubai. I highly recommend the Evening Heritage Safari by Vintage G Class & Al Marmoom Oasis tour.

It was a great time, the trip was great!! Everything perfectly organized, our guide Imran Kahn read every wish from our lips. A dream dinner in the desert, the food was 1 star! Thank you again Imran!! Susie and Sven

Amazing from start to finish. Pick up and drop of very convenient and on time. Hot air balloon trip was fantastic