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Visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to swap the hot bustle of the city for a scenic journey through the UAE's charming landscapes and traditional cultures. Here are a few fun ways to make the most of a unique day trip!

Discover incredible wildlife

Discover incredible wildlife

Desert safari tours will introduce you to a whole host of native flora and fauna, including foxes, wildcats, and the reserve's greatest conservation success, the Arabian Oryx!

Ride camels and horses

Ride camels and horses

If cruising the desert landscape in an off-road vehicle lacks romance, why not let an experienced guide lead you through the sites of interest by horse or camel?

Enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal

Enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal

The Bedouin's name means "desert dwellers" in Arabic and you're on their turf! Fortunately they provide great food and entertainment from the comfort of their homey tents.

Try sandboarding

Try sandboarding

Fancy a break from tradition? The sand dunes make an ideal setting for extreme sports like quad biking, sandboarding, and even sandskiing!

Watch the sun set over the dunes

Watch the sun set over the dunes

Whether you choose to see the sun set from the top of a dune or amidst the hospitality of a lamp-lit Bedouin village, don't miss this exquisite national park at its most stunning.

Our insider tips

How to get there?

It isn't possible to visit the reserve without an approved tour group, so look out for tour operators that provide transfers from your hotel or the city center. Otherwise you can only reach the reserve by car via the E66, which starts out as the Dubai-Al Ain Road between Downtown Dubai and the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

What to bring?

The desert is, of course, very exposed to sunlight, so bring sunglasses, suitable headwear, and plenty of sunscreen! You'll need to use a lot of the latter so bring moisturizer to stop your skin drying out. If you're bringing an expensive camera then make sure it's protected against the sand (waterproofing also works!), and bring a water bottle even if your tour operator is providing it, just in case. Also, do NOT wear closed leather shoes!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The desert is there day and night, so it all depends on when you schedule your tour!
  • Is it expensive?
    Depends on the experience you are seeking, but prices usually start around $100 per person.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Definitely.
  • How to get there
    Your chosen tour guide will take you there in a private van from the city.
  • Additional information
    Eat lightly before your excursion. The bumpy ride across the dunes can make some people feel queasy!

What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 1,902 reviews

The whole trip was perfect and enjoyable.

Our first time experience the hot air balloon ride. It was perfect and we enjoy the whole day trip to desert safari by the antique land rover. We get to see animals that we had never seen in our country. The crews were all friendly and kind too. Thank you again. We hope to take the hot air balloon ride again one day.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride, Breakfast & Desert Safari Reviewed by

Awesome experience. More authentic than expected.

Our guide was amazing. The evening was great, much more authentic than expected. No upsells. Try out the authentic costumes and the quick camel ride. Food was good and included plenty of veggie options.

Arabian Dune Safari Reviewed by

We really have great memories of this tour and our guide was perfect.

It's a very pleasant tour and has many interesting aspects. The animal's were abundant and we were photographing them with ease. High end vehicle kept immaculate. Our guide was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions well. The breakfast at Al Maha a delight. We were seated on the terrace overlooking the Empty Quarter. Beautiful food served with style. Excellent in every aspect. But what else would you expect after all it's DUBAI.

Wonderful experience. Lovely and wise driver.

This was a Fantastic once in a life time experience. But I want to thank specially to our driver-guide from Arabian Adventures; Abdurrazzak. He is great Pakistani guy, helped us, entertain us. We have learned a lot of things about desert from him. Thanks.

Dubai Dunes: 5–Hour Sunset Dinner Safari Reviewed by

Great Morning in the Dubai Desert Ressort with Rebecca an here Birds

Picked up at the hotel with a jeep through Rebecca our Falconer. With her in the Jeep, one of the birds (it was an eagle, name = forgotten) :-) After an hour drive, with a short stop at a camel race course, we arrived at the Dubai Desert Resort in time with the sunrise. In the desert resort we had a short drive, to watch animals like oryx, mountain gazette, etc. After arriving at the spot for the bird show, Rebecca was explaining us the methods and internals about here work as Falconer. The demonstration for our group includes a hawk, an eagle, an owl, and a falcon. We stood the whole time in our group of four and finishing with the stop at the Dubai Falcon Souk. Thanks to Rebecca we appreciate this tour with unforgettable memories.

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