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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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Address: Desert | Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, Dubai 118887, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 809 8710
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 07:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a designated protected area...

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a designated protected area for the conservation the natural inland desert ecosystem of Dubai. It spans 4.7% of the total land area of Dubai Emirate and encompasses 225km2 of sand dunes desert ecosystem interspersed with gravel plains. The DDCR is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and has gained international recognition from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The DDCR is home to 57 Plant species, over 120 birds and 43 mammals and reptiles including the iconic Arabian Oryx. The DDCR can be visited by either staying at the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa or for day visits with one of the four concession holders; Arabian Adventures, Lama Tours, Travco and Alpha Tours.

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Private Tour: Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai with Optional...
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Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover...
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Conservation Drive With Refreshments at Al Maha Desert Resort and Transport...

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Dubai without a safari in the desert is not Dubai

The desert is at 30 minutes by car from Dubai center. This is an attraction that you must do and especially the safari in the BIG dunes. Average cost 90 euros in VIP... read more

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Anse Takamaka, Seychelles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The desert is at 30 minutes by car from Dubai center. This is an attraction that you must do and especially the safari in the BIG dunes. Average cost 90 euros in VIP. (GetYourGuide) Sand boarding, Camels trip, Shisha smoking, Diner under the stars, Belly dancers, which make your trip really Arabic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We drove out to the Conservation Reserve early in the morning. Spotted numerous Arabian Oryx and Arabian gazelle which were quite beautiful. There were also some birds near the waterholes and the overall scenery was gorgeous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The experience of riding in an landcruiser SUV in the soft sands of the desert along with the Arabian music and belly dancing and traditional food is something that everyone should experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Borrowing from conservation efforts in other parts of the world, Dubai has fenced off a section of its outlying are as a conservation reserve. It seeks to preserve the desert as it has existed since it was formed. But it is possible to traverse the area in 1950's-stule Land Rovers with guides. To get there requires a one-hour ride from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited here last year and was amazing, the car ride although scary was alot of fun with alot of girls screaming!! The atmosphere at the spot was great with a gorgeous Arabian dancer and the Camel ride was fun too. Got a hina tattoo and brought some little sand bottles... all in all a great night!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic all round fro. Pick up to drop off. Amazing scenery. Authentic food and we saw Oryx close up. Respectfully done to preserve this amazing natural landscape. DON'T GO DUNE BASHING. It's destructive and wrong. Ibrahim (Captain) our tour guide was out of this world. Friendly and insightful. Now for Dubai this is the BEST value day out you will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice drive. Entertainment was good. Food is not that much good. Need to wait in Q for everything. However belly dance was good. Fire show was awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you havent been to Dubai or on a desert safari you must book this!! What a brilliant experience! Worth every penny spent!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

discover the beauty of the middle east. awesome activity to do if you visit dubai,camel rides and quad..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this atjraction is very unique and you can not find it easily everywhere , you should test it and keep it in your mind .

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