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Discover the natural riches of the UAE desert on this 5-hour conservation expedition from Dubai. Board an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz G Wagon 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.

Highlights

  • 5-hour conservation drive tour with round-trip transport from Dubai
  • Discover the unique desert habitat of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a Mercedes G Wagon
  • Look for Arabian oryx, gazelles, monitors and other protected wildlife
  • Learn about the ecosystem, wildlife and the Bedouins’ use of desert flora from your expert guide
  • Take advantage of fantastic opportunities to snap photos of the wildlife and flora
  • Relax over delicious light refreshments at the plush Al Maha Desert Resort
  • Enjoy a hotel pickup and drop-off service from central Dubai

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What You Can Expect

Conservation Drive With Refreshments at Al Maha Desert Resort and Transport from Dubai

Watch for the rare Arabian oryx on your drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

After pickup from your Dubai hotel, climb into your inviting Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, and journey deep into the desert around Dubai.
An hour or so later, pull up at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The UAE’s first-ever national park, this beautiful sanctuary helps conserve the area’s unique ecology and wildlife; providing a haven for countless animal, bird and plant species.
After a professional safari guide has taken the wheel of your Mercedes-Benz G Wagon, start out on your exploration of the reserve.As you travel, hear revealing facts about the ecosystem and the work being done to help safeguard the 100 or so animal species here, some of them highly endangered.

Look for the wildlife that roams free here through the provided, powerful binoculars, and with luck, spot creatures such as the elusive Arabian oryx, Ethiopian hedgehog and Gordon’s wildcat, as well as more common animals such desert monitors and gazelles. Keep your camera poised at all times, as sightings can be sudden and fleeting!
On route, your guide will identify indigenous plants and explain how the Bedouin peoples have traditionally used them for culinary and health purposes.
After roughly 1.5 hours of exploring, continue to the Al Maha Desert Resort, an upscale hotel and spa resort tucked deep in the park. Here, nibble on light snacks of pastries, cakes and other tidbits teamed with fruit juice, tea or coffee. Discuss your wildlife quest and admire the ocean of rolling dunes that frames the resort.

After a return to Dubai by minivan, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

gerald w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Everything was excellent--Sharraf the guide, the wonderful drive through the desert and the very tasty breakfast. It was a highlight of our holiday.

Suzanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Exceptional tourguide - Ibrahim. He was welcoming, very informative and created an experience for us that was unforgettable. It was really the perfect tour for us because we wanted to avoid the typical desert safari experience while still seeing the natural beauty of the desert. This tour really had it all for us-- informative sightseeing on the way to the desert, an unbelievable experience at the camel races and the knowledgeable walk through desert flora and desert and a relaxing and incredible breakfast at the end. Cannot say enough. Will do this again!!

Mark J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Achieved everything I wanted. Guide, Hosam, was pleasant, had good knowledge. We saw the Arabian Oryx which was our target for the day!

Mallorie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Excellent and professional experience! Very informative and unique

Robert K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Terrific experience. Sharif was an excellent guide.

Frederic B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

A great first experience in the desert. Short and sweet. The car was very comfortable Range Rover and well suited to the drive through the dunes. The driver gave good information on Dubai and the desert. I thought the actual experience would be a little more sporty, but in fact it was leisurely. The highlight is the breakfast at the Al Maha Resort - plentiful, high quality and with a view on the desert.

Highly recommended. I just take away one star because I thought it would be a little more exciting.

rnewton.tolhurst

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

We loved this tour and breakfast at Al Maha Resort was just wonderful. Food and service were excellent. We have an interest in the wildlife and as constructive criticism perhaps the guides need to have a better understanding how to approach wildlife so that photographs could be taken before the animals were scared away. We felt a little rushed on occasion. But overall it was as we hoped it would be.

Saphire United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

My family enjoyed this conservation drive. The tour guide Sharif was professional, friendly and informative. There were plenty of opportunity to take photographs of the peaceful, scenic desert environment. The only critique is that sightings of any wildlife was few and far between and this was disappointing. If it wasn't for Sharif's engaging conversation this would have just been an expensive drive through the desert. The food in Al Maha Resort was lovely. The staff were nice too. They gave us a menu and told us to order anything on it. The service there was really good. In total, I am glad I booked this tour for my family.

HANUMANTHA RAO V

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

This tour was really good. Eric our guide was knowledgeable, humorous and friendly. He took us to the camel race tracks although it was not a part of the tour. The break fast at Almaha resort was very nice.

David W

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour. Our guide was Eric and he was just terrific. A very comfortable car. He did a little dine driving which was really good. The Resort buffet breakfast was wonderful. While driving we saw wild life up close and the was great. Very glad we did this tour.

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