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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

1. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

Escape the hustle of Dubai and experience the calm of the surrounding desert to satisfy your sense of adventure. Choose from a shared or private option, and enjoy legendary Lahbab hospitality. Start your adventure with a convenient pickup at your hotel and drive out to the wilderness by 4WD. Journey to the remote desert area of Lehbab, approximately 50 kilometers from Dubai city center. Marvel at the silky red sand and towering dunes. Hop on a camel to get a short ride or perhaps choose the optional quad bike experience. Head into the desert onboard your 4WD Land Cruiser as the vehicle slips and slides like a roller-coaster across the dunes. Try your hand at sandboarding, or just relax and take photos of the spectacular views of the sunset, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboarding, and Dinner

2. Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboarding, and Dinner

Explore the Dubai desert in the best ways possible: dune bashing in a Land Cruiser, on camelback, sandboarding, and with the option of enjoying a traditional Bedouin camp experience with a BBQ dinner and shows. After your pickup in Dubai, ride off into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle, sharing this thrilling adventure with family and friends. Experience dune bashing in a Land Cruiser and stop to try out sandboarding on the red dunes as well. Take photos of the brilliant desert sunset with your group at a Bedouin camp. Hop on a camel for a fun ride and try out henna painting in the evening. Sit back at a Bedouin camp and marvel at the entertainment of a traditional Tanura show and belly dancing performance. Savor the rich flavors of local food at a BBQ dinner with Arabic coffee, fresh dates, falafel, and shawarma.

Dubai: Tour with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, & Traditional Show

3. Dubai: Tour with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, & Traditional Show

Enjoy an evening in the desert, and relax during a delightful BBQ and the entertainment provided by traditional tanoura and belly dancers. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Dubai and driven to the deserts on the outskirts of the city. This is the perfect excursion for those who wish to experience the desert at night but aren’t interested in dune driving or dune bashing. A much more relaxed experience, this tour is especially suited for families, including the very young and the elderly. After you arrive at the the camp you can go on a short camel ride, or sit back and have your hand decorated with henna. After dinner you can enjoy Arabic coffee and a shisha. Other optional activities are available as well, such as quad biking and taking photographs with a falcon. Note that the optional activities are not included in the tour price.

Dubai: Al Marmoom Oasis Vintage Safari, Dinner & Stargazing

4. Dubai: Al Marmoom Oasis Vintage Safari, Dinner & Stargazing

Enhance your travel experience in Dubai with a safari on a vintage Mercedes Benz G-class at the Al Marmoom Oasis. The exploration begins with a timely pick-up from your hotel, followed by a ride to the oasis in an air-conditioned vehicle. An evening desert safari through the silky dunes of Al Marmoom Oasis is the best way to enjoy the amber beauty of the desert. Feel like you're flying as you ride in this open-air vehicle, clicking the best photos and spotting wild animals along the way. At the authentic Bedouin Village, you’ll be welcomed in an Emirati way with coffee gahwa and sweets. hop on a camel caravan to explore the grandeur of the desert up close and in a traditional way. Head back to the village, where you’ll also enjoy indulging in a live Arabic coffee-making and tasting session. Enjoy exploring the village constructed with natural materials, while your guide narrates the untold stories about the old Bedouin lifestyle and culture. Then, it is time to enjoy a sunset in the scenic beauty of wavy dunes. Inside the camp, the local ladies will demonstrate the Emirati cooking style by preparing luqaimat ─ dumplings and flatbread. Spending time in the village is a great way to take part in Bedouin entertainment programs and savor the most authentic 3-course Emirati dinner. Afterwards, when the lights are turned off, your experience will be enriched with a stargazing session and a brief about how the Bedouins used stars for navigation. As the tour draws a close, you will be driven back to your hotel or accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

5. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

Your hot-air balloon ride begins early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from the hotel. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive to the Margham desert. Stop and have a warm cup of coffee or tea once you arrive. Drive through the Dubai desert to your take-off location. Snap some pictures as the balloon inflates in the desert. Float above the Arabian desert and witness the sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground. Fly with falcon and experience breathtaking views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and try to spot some native wildlife. Once you’ve landed, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

From Dubai: Heritage Dinner Desert Safari

6. From Dubai: Heritage Dinner Desert Safari

Travel back in time and experience Dubai as it was 50 years ago with this tour in a 1950’s Land Rover. Look for local flora and fauna and spend time in a Bedouin camp. Immerse yourself in local culture with a henna painting, falconry, shisha, Arabic music, and a traditional dinner. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Dubai. Be greeted with a warm Arabic welcome of coffee and dates. Tour in a piece of UAE history with a vehicle that was extensively used in the 1950s. Drive through the desert in style as you try to spot local wildlife like the Arabian oryx and gazelles in the pristine Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Live a unique experience at the Bedouin camp which is lit with the gentle flames of traditional lamps. Experience cultural activities like henna painting, falconry, shisha, and music. Have the opportunity to learn how to prepare a local breadmaking recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. Watch and partake in interactive Emirati performances like drumming and Yola. Sit down to a 4-course scrumptious dinner under the stars. Let history come to life during this unique and fascinating heritage excursion. During the holy month of Ramadan, experience Ramadan in Dubai as it was 50 years ago. Break the fast and learn about the holy month in true Bedouin spirit. Learn about Ramadan and Iftar. Let UAE history come to life with this once-in-a-lifetime heritage event.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

7. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

Feel the thrill of seeing the sun rise over the Dubai desert as you soar at an altitude of 4000-feet during this hot air balloon tour from Dubai. Wake up with a hot morning coffee or tea before your flight.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up and dropped-off at your accommodations in Dubai. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the lift-off base camp. Have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea before your fight. Hop aboard and experience the excitement of taking off. Admire sunrise views of sweeping sand dunes and the distant mountains. Float across the sky and look for wildlife like the Arabian oryx or the sand gazelle. After landing, travel to an authentic Bedouin camp to fill up with a delicious breakfast. Feel the thrill of a desert camel ride. Capture pictures with a magnificent falcon to share with friends and family back home. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of the tour.

Dubai: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Desert

8. Dubai: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Desert

Take a sunrise tour of the Dubai desert from a hot air balloon. Perk up with a morning coffee or tea before experiencing picturesque views of sweeping sand dunes and stunning mountains. Spot wildlife roaming below you like oryx and sand gazelles. Be picked up from your accommodation in Dubai and sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the lift-off base camp. Have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea before your fight. Hop aboard and experience the excitement of lifting off. Take in sunrise views of sweeping sand dunes and distant mountains. Float across the sky and look for wildlife like the Arabian oryx or the sand gazelle. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of the tour.

Dubai: Desert Safari, Sand Boarding & Camp BBQ

9. Dubai: Desert Safari, Sand Boarding & Camp BBQ

Explore the desert on this all terrain vehicle day trip from Dubai. Cruise through desert dunes and watch the sun set over the Lahbab dessert. Participate in activities like getting your picture taken with a falcon or getting a henna painting. Eat a delicious BBQ diner with a live show. Have the option to choose a morning tour without dinner and a show or to choose an evening tour with dinner and a show. Pick from private and shared transfer options. Select an option with or without a VIP table. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Dubai. Relax on the drive to the surrounding desert. Cross the red sands and dunes of Lahbab in a thrilling dune bashing ride in a 4x4 vehicle before admiring the sun setting over the sands. Take a photo of the Bedouins as they cross the desert with their camel trains. Continue to a desert camp to benefit from a host of activities like henna painting, sandboarding, shisha smoking, camel riding, and getting your picture taken with a falcon. Cross the sands on camelback and experience the "ships of the desert" first-hand or try your hand at sand boarding down the dune for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Get a (removable) henna tattoo on your hands or feet. Watch traditional Arabic entertainment, such as a belly dancing show and the whirling dancers of a tanoura show. Smoke a shisha water pipe. Be served a barbecue buffet dinner of authentic Arabic cuisine in the middle of the desert. Return to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Camel Ride & Falcon Show

10. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Camel Ride & Falcon Show

Discover the Dubai desert from a unique aerial perspective on an early-morning hot air balloon ride. Float above the red sand dunes of the Margham Desert and savor a traditional Arabic breakfast. Watch an in-flight falconry display and enjoy a camel ride. Your hot air balloon adventure begins early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Margham Desert for a refreshment and a briefing from the pilot. Next, you’ll be driven over the red sand dunes of the Dubai desert to your take-off location, where you’ll witness the inflation of the hot air balloon on the ground. After takeoff, you’ll float above the Arabian desert and enjoy the sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground, taking in breathtaking views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and native wildlife, including an in-flight falcon show. Once you’ve landed, you'll be driven back to the Margham desert to freshen up and enjoy an Arabic Style buffet breakfast. Enjoy a short camel ride along the sands of the desert before getting dropped off back at your hotel, where your tour will end.

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What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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4.8 / 5

based on 21,239 reviews

We had a great afternoon thanks to Imran. He has outstanding skills driving in the desert. It was the last day of 2022, and he drove to show us a wonderful sunset. Coming from there, we experienced some adrenaline going through the dunes, but always felt that he was in full control of car. The meal was outstanding. It was a great way to finish 2022. Thanks Imran. Looking forward to go back again. Happy 2023.

The whole experience was fantastic, got the quad bikes and were left to go around on our own. Camel ride and dune bashing was amazing, the guide also took amazing pictures so definitely recommend! Great experience

Very good experience I would highly recommend to do the package with out quad bikes (you can rent them at the place for the same price when you get there if you want). Good price and worth the 4 hour experience

Thanks to our wonderful driver Musaf this was one if our best days in Dubai. Especially the the 4×4 jeep safari in the desert dunes was one of the greatest experiences we ever had.

Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Would highly recommend the experience to others