Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Tours

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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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Address: E-66, Murqqab, United Arab Emirates
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Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

Venture through the desert by vintage Land Rover and enjoy Arabic entertainments and dinner on this 7-hour experience from Dubai. Board an open-top Land Rover with a driver, and watch for wildlife as you drive into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. See a falconry display and continue to a plush Bedouin-style camp within a royal residence. Here, experience traditional activities, including a camel ride and bread-making demonstration, and enjoy a delicious dinner, live music and dancing displays.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration

See the desert sunrise from the air on a 1-hour hot air balloon in Dubai. Rise early, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the launch site, and glide over the billowing dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with your pilot. Watch falcons fly up to 4,000 feet (1219 meters) above Earth in a trained demonstration as the sun rises over the Hajar Mountains. Conclude with a gourmet breakfast back on ground.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Luxury Dinner in the Desert Experience from Dubai

Treat yourself to a VIP dinner-and-desert experience with this private, luxury 7-hour adventure from Dubai. Venture into the desert in a plush Range Rover 4x4, and take a thrilling wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to look for rare Arabian oryx and other desert species. Then, after watching a stunning falconry display, ride a camel to a romantic, lamp-lit desert sanctuary and enjoy a private, gourmet 6-course dinner under the stars. Upgrade your experience to a private Range Rover and enjoy a private wildlife-spotting drive before dinner.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$438.00 USD
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Overnight Safari - Double Occupancy

Spend an unforgettable night in the desert on this overnight safari and enjoy ‘glamping’ beneath the desert stars. Explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4x4, watch the sunset over the sand dunes, ride a camel to your campsite, and tuck into a delicious barbecue dinner with wine. The next day, enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast, then set out on a morning wildlife safari through the reserve.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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$543.83 USD
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Conservation Drive with Refreshments at Al Maha Desert Resort and Transport from Dubai

Discover the natural riches of the UAE desert on this 5-hour conservation expedition from Dubai. Board an air-conditioned Range Rover with a safari driver-guide, and explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a natural sanctuary that helps protect the country’s ecosystem. During your drive, look for rare Arabian oryx, desert monitors, gazelles and native plants as your guide shares facts about desert, its animals and traditional Bedouin customs. Finish with delicious light snacks at the upscale Al Maha Desert Resort as you soak in the serene surrounding desert and dunes.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Night Desert Luxury Safari with Transport from Dubai

Experience the wildlife and beauty of the desert by night on this 5-hour private experience from Dubai. As dusk falls, board a private vintage Land Rover for a wildlife-spotting drive around the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. With a private driver, roam the dunes and use the night-vision binoculars and headlights to spot nocturnal animals foraging in the darkness. Then, relax at a royal desert retreat with a delicious 2-course dinner and stargazing session with an astronomer guide. In summer, upgrade to enjoy your wildlife drive in a plush Range Rover.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Overnight Safari - Single Occupancy

Get out of the city and into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on this overnight safari experience. Depart Dubai in the early evening and see a falconry display, followed by a camel ride to a beautiful desert camp, which has private tents and full bathrooms and shower facilities. Enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner under the stars and have a hot breakfast before more exploration and wildlife viewing in the morning. 
  • Duration: 18 hours
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$345.20 USD
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Dubai Desert Dune Buggies - Driver Experience

Ride a four-wheel drive (4WD) dune buggy through the Lisaili Desert on a 2-hour tour from Dubai. Take an exhilarating spin over the rolling dunes in the fast, fun dune buggies while accompanied by an experienced guide. Includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Dubai.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari

Try your hand at falconry on a private tour within the Dubai desert. Set out in the early morning to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, located amid the emirates' vast sand dunes. Learn about the region and its wildlife, then enjoy a hands-on falconry experience with guidance from a professional trainer. Feed a bird of prey and marvel as it returns to your gloved hand, and discover a variety of training techniques ranging from age-old tactics to remote-controlled drones. Upgrade with an optional post-falconry breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$287.70 USD
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

Fly a falcon and enjoy a desert wildlife drive on this 5-hour experience from Dubai. Board a 4x4 and roam the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to watch for animals such as the rare Arabian oryx, hares and more. Then, enjoy a thrilling, interactive group falconry experience. Learn to fly a falcon from your glove, and see some prized birds and training techniques in action. Upgrade to include breakfast at the stylish Al Maha Desert Resort to make the morning extra special. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized atmosphere.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$183.75 USD
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All-Inclusive Dune Dinner Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Experience the tranquility of the desert night sky on this tour under the stars. You’ll head into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by 4WD vehicle, then spend a memorable evening in the heart of the dunes. A variety of activities are on offer, including a falconry display, belly dancing show, henna painting, sand boarding, and camel riding, along with a buffet dinner and unlimited drinks.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Sundowner Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with Soft Drinks

Escape the city for an unforgettable evening in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Watch the sunset over the Arabian Desert, ride a camel, and sand-board through the sand dunes, then tuck into a 3-course dinner beneath the stars. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

Discover Dubai’s ancient hunting traditions on this private 5-hour falconry experience and wildlife tour. Visit a beautiful retreat nestled among the desert dunes with your private guide. Enjoy the chance to interact with elegant falcons, and learn of their life-cycles, diet and natural habitat. Then, watch a traditional falconry display and admire the birds’ power and prowess in the air. Afterward, visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and search the sands for sightings of native oryx and gazelles.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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