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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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Address: Desert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 809 8710
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Amazing ride!

It was fun and enjoying the ride in the Land Cruiser to the dessert. Great experience! Highly recommendable!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It was fun and enjoying the ride in the Land Cruiser to the dessert. Great experience! Highly recommendable!

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We have a group of 5, hence the driver pick us up in a land rover from our hotel. It was a Great experience riding the sand dunes in a land rover with very experience driver, it's like a roller coaster ride, but I'll not recommend for old folks or ppl who is afraid of roller coaster as u might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Have roller coaster ride on sand dunes. Amazing experience of sunset in desert, riding on sand dunes, night camp, camel ride etc etc

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We went with Platinum Heritage Tours in vintage Land Rovers. The dune ride is gentle, but exciting. Out guide was excellent. The falconry demonstration was excellent, as was the traditional Arab dinner in the desert.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was a highlight for me. I loved riding the dunes with a driver who knew exactly how to manoeuvre his vehicle in the desert condition. I can't wait to go again. The meal was good and entertainment at the Oasis was of top quality A very sad sight was the litter(and a lot of it, widely spread) we found... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went on a desert safari with a fantastic company who took us to a Bedouin village in the middle of the desert. We learnt about the history of the people and enjoyed a traditional Arabian breakfast Well worth going.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our small tour of 6 took us to the Arabian Desert inside Dubai. The beauty of this unique desert and it's natural habitat made for a relaxed and serene retreat from the city. What struck me most was the quiet. Absolutely still. There was desert wild life everywhere, but quickly scattered away when humans approach. We enjoyed a boxed lunch... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is the experience for all to enjoy in Dubai. It is the one thing that everyone should do whilst in Dubai. I did the tour with Arabian Adventures. They collect you at your Hotel and take you out to the desert. After a Falcon information show everyone gets in the four wheel drives for some great fun in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was the experience I wanted when I came to Dubai. The dunes ride was exciting; up and down, dune after dune in a four-by-four, thinking the vehicle would turn over, but the driver was very skilled at this. The highlight was the opportunity to ride a camel. I've never experienced anything like this before, but it was the ride... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

though i had heard a lot about the desert safari.. All my hopes were crashed.. the cruiser experience in the desert was just average. The food, the programs, were all just an average performance.

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