See the Dubai desert from above on a spectacular balloon ride with one of the most experienced balloon companies in the world. Then, enjoy a gourmet…
Take to the skies above Dubai on a helicopter tour and into the Arabian desert on a Bedouin safari on this combination package. Admire the city’s…
Leave the city behind and head for the sky on a unique balloon expedition over the heart of the Arabian Desert as you watch a falconry show! Be on…
Learn about native flora and fauna on a delightful walk through Dubai’s Desert Conservation Reserve. With an expert guide, discover the beauty of…
Explore the wildlife of the Dubai Desert in exciting 1950's Land Rovers. View a live falcon training session and dine in an authentic Bedouin camp…
Experience the magic of the Dubai desert on a sunset safari drive. Enjoy a buffet dinner at a Bedouin-style camp and traditional entertainment.
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Escape the city and spend a romantic evening under the stars in the breathtaking desert of Dubai. Enjoy a traditional camel ride through the sand…
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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!
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!
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?
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.
Fancy a break from tradition? The sand dunes make an ideal setting for extreme sports like quad biking, sandboarding, and even sandskiing!
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.
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.
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!
- 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?
- 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
Dylan was punctual on time & to mysurprise brought the FALCON in his car.We drove all the way from hotel to Desert with the FALCON in the back seat. He is so passionate about FALCONRY & said that he has trained a bunch of Falcons and other birds (Eagle Owl, etc). While he explained in detail about the different FALCONS (the wing type; what characteristic is special for each FALCON,etc)......He has provided me LIFETIME pictures/videos with FALCON activities; like move each bird towards me, making me hold it by teaching me how to hold it, making the bird flyover to my hands, fly through my hands...it was all amazing.Has tremendous experience with the DESERT;spotted ALL the animals that were available by going to the right places on time. Took to the Museum;showed ALL the necessary equipments for FALCONRY - hunting, training the falcons and the electronic equipments, Falcon/Camel race,etc Has experience in Scuba diving but thats 4 next time :-)
Picked up at the hotel with a jeep through Rebecca our Falconer. With her in the Jeep, one of the birds (it was an eagle, name = forgotten) :-) After an hour drive, with a short stop at a camel race course, we arrived at the Dubai Desert Resort in time with the sunrise. In the desert resort we had a short drive, to watch animals like oryx, mountain gazette, etc. After arriving at the spot for the bird show, Rebecca was explaining us the methods and internals about here work as Falconer. The demonstration for our group includes a hawk, an eagle, an owl, and a falcon. We stood the whole time in our group of four and finishing with the stop at the Dubai Falcon Souk. Thanks to Rebecca we appreciate this tour with unforgettable memories.
The tour was exceptionally well organized and the tour guide started early in the morning on the route to the desert to provide us with a lot of insights into falconry as well as other cultural aspects such as the camel races. In the desert we were able to get hands on experience in the training of falcons and again learned tremendously from the guide's experience and knowledge. After the training we had an excellent breakfast in the desert to enjoy the beauty of the landscape along with some excellent food.
It's a very pleasant tour and has many interesting aspects. The animal's were abundant and we were photographing them with ease. High end vehicle kept immaculate. Our guide was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions well. The breakfast at Al Maha a delight. We were seated on the terrace overlooking the Empty Quarter. Beautiful food served with style. Excellent in every aspect. But what else would you expect after all it's DUBAI.
Very well organised; really fun and friendly staff; a good 45-50 minute camel ride; great food at the camp; perhaps not the sand-only scenery with steep sand dunes you see in Sahara desert (i.e. there are some desert bushes and plants and a fence at parts of the ride), but still very impressive! Although I was afraid it would, it didn't feel too 'touristy'.