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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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Address: Desert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 809 8710
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Sun 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a designated protected...
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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This was a highlight of my visit to Dubai. You start by being driven into the desert in an SUV - called dune bashing (beware if you get motion sickness! It's fast and bumpy! But... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight of my visit to Dubai. You start by being driven into the desert in an SUV - called dune bashing (beware if you get motion sickness! It's fast and bumpy! But loads of fun!). Then you are taken to the "camp" area where you can do a short camel ride. After that you can go into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Visit Dubai and take a trip to the desert safari in order to appreciate nature, hot in the day and warm in the evening. Good meal, Shisha, camel ride and the most fun part of it all is the desert cruise. Lovely experience...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Its around 1-1:30 hr travel from the Dubai city. The drive in the desert is very thrilling beware to wear your seat belts. The whole setup where the actual assembly place for all tourist is in the middle of desert. So the evening sunset with gaze of sand winds is something you should experience. The Belly Dance and Kebabs are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is a true experience of rustic dubai. The up down jeep drive is entralling. But, for older people and children, it was advised they gently directly hit the camp. At the camp, yo can get a hands on of local souveniers, mehndi - henna art. Watch Belly dancer which is most authentic and tanoura dancer which can be a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

They call it Desert Safari. Here u can enjoy camel ride, natural roller coaster ride over real deserts, sand biking, majlish with belly dance shows and sufi spinning performances with unlimited nonveg food and drinks. Rate per person is also affordable, around 125 Arabic Dirham per person (adults).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

First be shure that you pick the good agency. with good drivers. Our driver was great and we find out the most things about Dubai from him. In the desert was very nice, pity it was a cloudy day so we did not caught the sunset. The food and the belly dancer was the catch of the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The falcon demonstration was worth the trip. Very informative and up close experience. The desert drive was basic with a few wildlife views. Camel rides, and a food and refreshment break within a traditional environment. Overall a memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This might not be the cheapest desert safari on offer in Dubai, but it's worth paying a little more and being in a smaller group instead. The whole experience was fantastic. The drive on the sand dunes is not for the faint hearted but really good fun. The dinner in the nomadic tents at sunset was our favorite part of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Great 4wd experience in the desert with experienced drivers from Arabian Adventures. See falconry, camels, desert animals camel rides and have a Bedouin BBQ dinner with alcohol and entertainment. Due to Ramadan there was no belly dancing but alternative entertainment was provided. Be wary of the photo sellers as they tried to charge us US$40 per photo and the quality... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Not far from Dubai centre, but hardly worth it. You see lots of sand dunes, but not wow. Four wheel drive over the dunes is good for first 5 minutes. You see some antelopes, but not much else. The best part of the trip was the small camel farm just outside the centre. Overall we thought the morning was bad... More 

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Additional Information about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Address: Address: Desert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 809 8710
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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