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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Tours

The first national park in the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers visitors a stunning landscape of sand dunes and desert fauna. Once a huge camel farm, the land it occupies was bought by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1993, who, inspired by the national parks of South Africa, decided that Dubai needed its own reserve. The reserve is a must-visit for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, with its rolling dunes setting the scene for thrill-seekers to experience fat-bike riding, off-roading, camel trekking, sandboarding, and falcon demonstrations.

The Basics
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers one of the the UAE’s best opportunities for viewing native wildlife and experiencing the adventure possibilities of the inland desert. Options are plentiful, including morning dune drives, hot air balloon flights over the Arabian desert, private desert safaris, and outdoor dinners in a Bedouin-inspired camp. To visit, you must book a guided tour with round-trip transportation from an approved operator—both half-day and full-day tours are available.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Guided tours from Dubai last anywhere from two to seven hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the reserve offers very little shade.
  • Drink plenty of water—it’s easy to get dehydrated in this arid environment.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, particularly if you’re participating in adventure activities.

How to Get There
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is situated about 37 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Dubai, a journey of about 45 minutes by road. 

When to Get There
For the best weather—temperatures around 80°F (27­°C)—visit the Dubai Desert (or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates for that matter) between November and March. Occasional rain showers occur from January to March, but they rarely last for long. Those who opt for a summer visit should expect highs well over 80°F (38­°C).

Flora and Fauna of the Desert Reserve
While it may not look like it at first glance, the desert is teeming with life. Among the many critters that call the dunes home are the sand cat, Gordon’s wildcat, Arabian red fox, sand fox, gazelle, Arabian hare, hedgehog, and the pygmy shrew. Even the plants are colorful and diverse, with several species of trees, flowering shrubs, herbs, and grasses. The true success story of the national park is that of the Arabian oryx, a species of antelope. Before the park was established in 2003, the Arabian oryx was close to extinction. Today, well over 100 live here. 

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Private Tour: Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai with Optional Breakfast, Dubai, null
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Private Tour: Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai with Optional Breakfast

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Interact with highly trained falcons and watch spectacular falconry demonstrations on this private, 5-hour morning desert experience! Travel to an exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $273.40
Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai, ... 
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Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 279 Reviews

Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.50
Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari with Soft Drinks in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai, ... 
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Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari with Soft Drinks in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Escape the city and spend an evening under the stars in the beauty of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.  Spend a magical and memorable evening in the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.10
Hot Air Balloon with Gourmet Breakfast and Wildlife Safari from Dubai, Dubai, Nature & Wildlife
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Hot Air Balloon with Gourmet Breakfast and Wildlife Safari from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

This half-day tour begins with a hot-air balloon flight to see the sun rise over the Arabian desert at 4,000 feet. Then head to the Dubai Desert Conservation ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $375.00
Nature Trails Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai, Balloon Rides
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Nature Trails Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Escape the city and start your day in the tranquil Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The desert presents a unique opportunity to learn about and explore a ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.28
Conservation Drive With Refreshments at Al Maha Desert Resort and Transport from Dubai, Dubai, ... 
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Conservation Drive With Refreshments at Al Maha Desert Resort and Transport from Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover the fauna and flora of the UAE desert on this fascinating 5-hour conservation drive tour from Dubai. Traveling in a luxury Range Rover with a ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.50
Dubai Desert Fat Bike Ride, Dubai, Nature & Wildlife
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Dubai Desert Fat Bike Ride

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Ride a state of the art E-Fat Bike through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in search of local flora and fauna. Stop for a gourmet breakfast inside the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00
Night Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Night Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Escape the city and venture into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for an off-road adventure at night.  Contrary to popular belief, the desert is brimming ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.79
Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration, Dubai, Nature ... 
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Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 145 Reviews

Glide up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Take to the morning skies as the sun starts to rise over the Hajar Mountains and ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $328.50
All-Inclusive Dune Dinner Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai, Balloon Rides
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All-Inclusive Dune Dinner Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Escape the city and spend a night, like no other, under the stars in the beauty of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Spend a magical and memorable ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.87

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