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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider tips

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!

What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 2,173 reviews

Excellent desert safari with the best guide, Imran

Our safari experience was excellent. From the moment we were picked up (the car was extremely comfortable) to the drop off back to the hotel. Our tour guide/driver, Imran, was excellent. On our way to the desert, he was telling us all about the places we were going and the places we were passing. He even recommended other activities and offered to help to arrange transfers there (also, Imran is very charismatic and entertaining; I would not have imagined a better guide for this experience). Dune bashing was incredible (looking back, it is hard to believe knowing my dislike to cars overall, but we felt safe the entire time). Sand-boarding was great too. Camel ride was short but pleasing. Evening dinner and entertainment just great! As a vegetarian, I was fully satisfied with the buffet food options! The entire experience was great!

Great Time with our Guide Faisal in the Desert

In the evening before the Trip started we got a WhatsApp with Details about the tour. On the Next day our Guide „Faisal“ told us with a WhatsApp the time when he will pick us up. He was perfectly on time. The tour through the Desert was like an Adventure - really cool with trendy Music. We had much fun with our Guide, he was really funny and we understood everything he said. We had enough time to take Fotos. Faisal also took some of us. The Camp was cute, the People have been very friendly. Only the food was average. We had the chance to take a Ride on a camel, but we think something like that is Animal cruelty the Most of the time and we felt sad about the animals. But all in all in was a wonderful and funny day!

Fun filled experience - well worth it in every way.

We had a guide named Hamdy who was absolutely fantastic. Spoke really good English and explained everything in detail right from the start. He made us feel really special and like a VIP. The Red Dunes were unbelievable with lots of photo opportunities and had the chance to snow board the dunes. The Al Khayma Camp was a wonderful experience especially the camal ride as we watching the sun set. We enjoyed BBQ beef and chicken with lots of salads etc and fruit that followed. We could not fault the this activity in any way. Highly recommended as a must do experience when in Dubai.

We booked the Safari with the guide Choudhry Munawar

We were 4 (2 adults and 2 children) - We really enjoyed our Safari with Choudry we received a lot of information concerning Dubai and we had the opportunity to discover some places of the desert of Dubai. Choudry was really friendly with everybody and did really the maximum to make this afternoon special for us. He spent a lot of time to give us the possibility to make pictures - his driving was nice and we were feeling safe with him. The dinner in the camp was nice! We definitely had no bad surprise everything was positive!

Fantastic tour with our excellent driver Salam. Highly recommended!

Salam picked us up from the hotel on time and drove us to the first meeting point where you could do optional quad bikes. He provided us water bottles and was very friendly. Next was the sand dune driving which was heaps of fun. We also did sand boarding and Salam took lots of great photos for us. We enjoyed camel riding before settling in for our buffet dinner with some fantastic shows. It was an excellent experience.