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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Desert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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As featured in Dubai off the beaten path
Ranked #12 of 197 attractions in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a designated protected area for the conservation the natural inland desert ecosystem of Dubai. It... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Joined this activity trip on a tour. The initial stop was at a shop where they try to get you to try the Arab scarves and sell you at a high price. eg. 55AED, but could drop to 10 AED eventually after nearly leaving the shop. However, do note that such scarves are not needed. Rode a land cruisers driven... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Around $500 HK dollar for 5 hours trip to desert! Land cruisers chasing one and other! Photos taken while sunset on desert, camel ride, dinner and show! Worth it! Love it!

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Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We went to the dubai desert conservation reserve in a desert tour with platinum and loved every minute of the experience. Not as hot as we expected in the summer.

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st.helens
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

if you wish to discover the magic of the desert you can't miss this experience! We couldn'yt believe how great it is,! everything from the biggining until the end! Just do it!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Had an evening exploring the dunes with a tour company. Some great sunset shots over the dunes and local wildlife. Recommend a visit if you'd never been to an Arabian desert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Such a perfect experience from start to finish. A classy, stylish trip. Breathtakingly beautiful desert, wonderful guides, amazing food, but so intimate. Highly recommended, I wish I was there now.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is where the 4WD adventures takes place, but the company provides food for the desert dwelling animals (gazelles, birds) It is a peaceful and natural place both for humans and wildlife

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The only thing good was the car ride and the desert, that's about it. Also, they pick you up from the hotel and drop you back. Otherwise, it was an entire day wasted because the food at the camp was pathetic (we felt like prisoners having it). The belly dancing was more like a fat lady dancing just to make... More

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Rosario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It is a great attraction. They pick you up at the hotel, and then you make a first stop in a camel farm. Then tehy take you right to the dunes, where you have quite an experience going fast in 4x4 pickups, jumping and climbing in the middle of the desert. Then you can just relax, get to see some... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went with the Safari Desert Adventures. Had a driver/guide called Nazeem (?) whom we would recommend highly. He was on time and explained what was on our tour without taking away the surprises! The dinner was ok but we weren't going for the food, were we? Sand duning was thrilling!

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