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“Exciting and Adventurous!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Desert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 809 8710
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$273*
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Ranked #6 of 111 Attractions in Dubai
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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 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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“Exciting and Adventurous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Being from the most modern city to the vast desert area, this was the old Dubai. We got into Land Cruiser as part of Desert Safari and being into the heaps - ups and downs in desert we were yelling out - as part of enjoyment. Its like being into some amusement park in some adventurous rides. Finally after Desert Safari we reached the Camp. We could see the camel ride there. All the traditional Kubus and hookah everything was there. Main attraction was traditional Arabic dance followed by Belli dancing. Final event was the Barbecue buffet dinner. While coming back also we have to be in the same SUV and the same driving back to home. Please don't bring kids below age 3 as the Desert safari is going to be little adventurous. You will never forget this pleasure trip as it is a different experience!

Visited June 2012
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“Highlight of trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Look up desert night and book on line in advance for best value. We booked for as low as 150Drm per head. The only difference was we got a bus from the Dibai Mall instead of a 4x4 to the desert, about 45 mins drive away. When we got there, the dune bashing is brilliant. 8 up in a Land Cruiser splitting our sides ( & heads) with laughter. If you think you need a Jeep for the school run, try this & see what they are realy for! BBQ & entertainment that night was fantastic. Everyone had the same choise. Fantastic experiance!!!

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“A very different experience!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

It is a very different experience but make sure you book a tour that will provide you with the whole package.
You are driven from your hotel to the dessert (about 45 minutes) and there you jump into another SUV where you then go up and down the sand dunes. If you are lucky your car will not get a flat tyre (it happened to us twice and had to wait for about 1 hour in the dessert) and then you will be driven to a camp that has been done up for tourists.

There you will be asked to give a tip for a camel ride, you will pay 10dh for a henna and you can throw over you traditional clothing (that smells and is sweaty after 200-300 people doing the same) and take a photo (photographer there will take a photo and wants 50dh to get it later printed and on a CD).

In the camp there are stalls where you can purchase souvenirs and photos and you will have a BBQ dinner that is certainly not worth the money you pay and there is limited hygiene applied. Alcoholic drinks are charged and soft drinks and water are provided free of charge.

It is a different experience that is worth doing but make sure you don't overpay for this as it is not worth the 200dhs that they usually charge. Also bare in mind that there are 7 people in each SUV (3-3-1) and some groups get separated and you could be in the unlucky position to sit next to someone that is sweaty and smells and you have to deal with it for the duration of the tour.

Visited January 2013
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“The desert...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Oh, the desert. You have to love it. This is not for the faint hearted adn don't expect much comfort. It's the desert. No air conditioning there. But if you can take a bit of sand and heat, the sheer beauty of it would pay you back a thousand times...

Visited December 2012
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“Well Run Conservation Programme”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The principles that underpin the reserve are founded on sound ecological practice - the mix of species and levels of habitat management intervention are carefully finessed and great progress is being made in establishing representative habitats of the region. Whilst the open water lake is probably an intervention too far, it does provide an additional ecological niche... An excellent outing and a break from the commercialisms of downtown Dubai.

Visited January 2013
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