Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Al Ain Road

About the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

When looking for a Safari in Dubai, you will find countless tours and offers, from camel rides to sunset diners, in groups or private tours, however if you care about respecting the environment and learning from Dubai’s culture and history, you will have to choose wisely. It is important to remember that dune bashing is harmful for the environment, as there are many tiny animals living under the sand. You can even see plastic bottles and other wastes on your way when going for a camel ride, depending on the place and travel tour you choose.
The Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa was established in 1999, with a 27km² conservation reserve, for the protection of desert fauna and flora. 70 Arabian oryx were re-introduced and 6000 indigenous trees and shrubs were planted at the begining. In 2003, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), an area of 225km², belonging to HH Sheikh
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, was created in order to protect the last remaining pristine desert landscape of the Emirate.
It is a privileged place, where you can discover a fascinating world made of mammals, reptiles, insects, spiders and plants of all shapes and sizes, because the desert is far from being an empty place. Many activities will allow you to discover Dubai’s desert life as well as the Emirati culture: camel treks, dune driving, horse riding, falconry, archery,
wildlife drives, desert diner, camping, sand boarding and biking…
It is also possible to participate in volunteering programs, be part of an international team and work along the scientists of the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve. You will be involved in expeditions with the purpose of monitoring and ensuring the survival of important flagship desert species such as Arabian oryx, Gordon’s wildcat, red and sand fox, gazelles and many more.

Getting there

  • Authorized travel tours only

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