Dubai Desert

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Dubai Desert which includes vehicle touring, desert views and land animals
Trek through the desert on camel or horseback, observe native wildlife and camp under the stars at the United Arab Emirates’ first national park.

Dubai may be more famous now for its skyscrapers and huge shopping malls but the emirate’s biggest project is the preservation of the region’s natural ecosystem. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is an 87-square-mile (225-square-kilometer) protected area of Arabian desert that’s nearly 5 percent of Dubai’s total land area.To maintain a balance between Dubai’s rapid growth and the need to preserve its natural heritage, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s Prime Minister, purchased the land. It was previously a camel farm. Today it’s a shelter for hundreds of plant and animal species.The only way to explore the park is with one of the reserve’s approved tour operators. They offer a range of different experiences including resort stay, camel treks, archery, falconry displays and SUV journeys over dunes and through the desert terrain. Take a slow drive out into the desert to observe the free-roaming herds of Arabian gazelles and a wide variety of bird species. During your trip the tour guide will explain the desert ecology. Watch for some of the park’s other animals including nocturnal sand cats, Ethiopian hedgehogs and side-winding vipers. Over the years, endangered Arabian oryx, Macqueen’s bustards and a number of other wildlife species have been successfully reintroduced to the desert here. Take part in desert sporting activities. Strap on a sand board and slide down dunes toward the valley floor. Try your hand at archery with a traditional bow.As the sun starts to dip over the horizon, enjoy a dune dinner of grilled meats and Arabic sweets and drinks in Bedouin tents. Then, stay for the night and camp in this exotic environment. In the morning you can enjoy breakfast while watching the sun rise.The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is located approximately an hour’s drive inland from Dubai.

Where to stay in Dubai Desert

Holiday Inn Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an IHG Hotel
Aviation City, Dubai
The price is $62 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$62
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
Stay at this spa hotel in Dubai. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Discover genuine guest reviews for Holiday Inn Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (24 reviews)
Excellent Hotel
"This is a trully great hotel, with 5 star amenities, perfect pool, top-notch food and great decor. The breakfast was amazing, with so many items to chose from. The only let down is the location, but we knew that before booking and there is a free shuttle to 3 spots in Dubai (including Jumeirah beach), ..."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Holiday Inn Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an IHG Hotel
Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
5 out of 5
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai - Al Ain Road, Murqquab
The price is $1,139 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$1,139
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Murqquab. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (133 reviews)
Great little get away from the craziness of Dubai
"Great little get away from the craziness of Dubai city. Lovely large room and pool with plenty of wildlife to see from the comfort of your own pool. Good and service both excellent. We wouldn’t recommend staying any longer than a couple of nights."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Staybridge Suites Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an IHG Hotel
Staybridge Suites Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an IHG Hotel
Aviation City A, Dubai
The price is $95 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$95
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
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4.2/5 Very Good! (21 reviews)
Excellent Customer service
"The customer service is amazing,all the staff are friendly and helpful,the house keeping are doing amazing job with cleaning,keep it up.The breakfast is one of the best and they also provide shuttle to the mall which is close by metro station,they also provide shuttle to the beach and the expo 2020.can’t ..."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Staybridge Suites Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an IHG Hotel
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Dubai South MAG 5 560
Dubai South MAG 5 560
MAG 5 BOULEVARD, Dubai, Dubai, 00000
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Dubai South MAG 5 555
Dubai South MAG 5 555
MAG 5 BOULEVARD, Dubai, Dubai, 00000
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Signature Holiday Home-MAG 5 DUBAI SOUTH
Signature Holiday Home-MAG 5 DUBAI SOUTH
MAG 5 Boulevard, South Dubai, Dubai, Dubai, 0
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Signature Holiday Home-MAG 5 DUBAI SOUTH
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