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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Desert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #11 of 207 Attractions in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

dessert dune riding, falcon experience, Bedouin camp experience, this was one of the best experiences of my life!!!

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Greenville, SC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Desert Safari is all about nickel and diming the poor tourists. $10 for a scarf, $5 for a picture with a hawk, a 1 minute ride on a camel. A lot of waiting in between acts, and an average meal make this almost not worth it. However, it is cool to say that you rode on a desert safari while... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We shared a car with three ladies and our driver Alfridi. The combination of banter and fun made it a very good afternoon. For us door to door it was around 8 hours, including an hour travelling each way. The dune driving was fun though they seem to have banned the sideways slipping after a car rolled a few months... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Lovely to see wildlife, oryx, and not many people and no litter. Went sand dune driving there, which was also better the. The regular tourist thing as we only had a convoy of about 6'vehivles rather than 60!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We went for 'dune bashing' in 4x4 vehicles which was great and hair raising followed by sand boarding before watching spectacular sunset over the dunes. Ended off with a traditional dinner in the desert with local cuisine and dancing. Great experience which I can highly recommend. Many companies does same sort of excursions.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is also a must do. Walking in the dessert, feeling the send on your feet. The shows are also exciting, if i may say this was a wild experience for me . I really enjoyed this. We were driven around in the dessert with a lot of cars following each other and driving in the sand. After the driving... More

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Desert safari is good,even senir citizen can do it if they sit on the front of the car.You can avoid the belle dancing & dinner if possible as it is not much worth

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Deser safari is exciting and a experience to remember , it provides you not only thrill but also gives you senses about moving on ever changing sand dunes. Up and down in sand dunes provides a adrenaline to you. But the bad thing is the food provided which was awful and best to be left alone, pathetic and very poor... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The place is great, the safari experience is also a very nice experience and one must attempt, not for the faint hearts, but the other motor sports around are equally fascinating.

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Melbourne-australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I wanted to see Arabian Oryx and Arabian gazelle which I saw and enjoyed searching over the red sand dunes for them

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