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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) Tours

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The first national park in the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) offers visitors a stunning landscape of sand dunes and desert fauna. Once a huge camel farm, the land it occupies was bought by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1993, who, inspired by the national parks of South Africa, decided that Dubai needed its own reserve. The reserve is a must-visit for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, with its rolling dunes setting the scene for thrill-seekers to experience fat-bike riding, off-roading, camel trekking, sandboarding, and falcon demonstrations.

The Basics
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers one of the the UAE’s best opportunities for viewing native wildlife and experiencing the adventure possibilities of the inland desert. Options are plentiful, including morning dune drives, hot air balloon flights over the Arabian desert, private desert safaris, and outdoor dinners in a Bedouin-inspired camp. To visit, you must book a guided tour with round-trip transportation from an approved operator—both half-day and full-day tours are available.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Guided tours from Dubai last anywhere from two to seven hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the reserve offers very little shade.
  • Drink plenty of water—it’s easy to get dehydrated in this arid environment.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, particularly if you’re participating in adventure activities.

How to Get There
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is situated about 37 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Dubai, a journey of about 45 minutes by road. 

When to Get There
For the best weather—temperatures around 80°F (27­°C)—visit the Dubai Desert (or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates for that matter) between November and March. Occasional rain showers occur from January to March, but they rarely last for long. Those who opt for a summer visit should expect highs well over 80°F (38­°C).

Flora and Fauna of the Desert Reserve
While it may not look like it at first glance, the desert is teeming with life. Among the many critters that call the dunes home are the sand cat, Gordon’s wildcat, Arabian red fox, sand fox, gazelle, Arabian hare, hedgehog, and the pygmy shrew. Even the plants are colorful and diverse, with several species of trees, flowering shrubs, herbs, and grasses. The true success story of the national park is that of the Arabian oryx, a species of antelope. Before the park was established in 2003, the Arabian oryx was close to extinction. Today, well over 100 live here. 
Address: E-66, Murqqab, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & EntertainmentDay Trips

Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

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Venture through the desert by vintage Land Rover and enjoy Arabic entertainments and dinner on this full-day experience from Dubai. Board an open-top Land Rover with a driver, and watch for wildlife as you drive into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. See a falconry display and continue to a plush Bedouin-style camp within a royal residence. Here, experience traditional activities, including a camel ride and bread-making demonstration, and enjoy a delicious dinner, live music and dancing displays.
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  • 7 hours
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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from DubaiDay Trips

Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

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Enjoy a camel ride in Dubai and an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this desert adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take a camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.
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Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert ResortDay Trips

Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort

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Discover the natural riches of the UAE desert on this 5-hour conservation expedition from Dubai. Board an air-conditioned Range Rover with a safari driver-guide, and explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a natural sanctuary that helps protect the country’s ecosystem. During your drive, look for rare Arabian oryx, desert monitors, gazelles and native plants as your guide shares facts about desert, its animals and traditional Bedouin customs. Finish with delicious light snacks at the upscale Al Maha Desert Resort as you soak in the serene surrounding desert and dunes.
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Sunset Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with Soft Drinks Nature and Wildlife

Sunset Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with Soft Drinks

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Escape the city for an unforgettable evening in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Watch the sunset over the Arabian Desert, ride a camel, and dune bash and sandboard through the sand dunes. Then tuck into a 3-course dinner buffet beneath the stars and watch live cultural performances. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
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Hot Air Balloon Ride over Dubai Desert, Breakfast & in 1950s Land RoverDay Trips

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Dubai Desert, Breakfast & in 1950s Land Rover

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See the desert sunrise from the air on this hot air balloon ride in Dubai. Rise early, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the launch site, and glide over the billowing dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with your pilot. Watch falcons fly up to 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above Earth in a trained demonstration as the sun rises over the Hajar Mountains. Conclude with a gourmet breakfast back on the ground.
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  • 5 hours
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Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from DubaiDay Trips

Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 hours
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live ShowsDay Trips

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

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Head into the desert for an off-road adventure from Dubai that includes dune bashing by 4x4 vehicle and a visit to a Bedouin-style campsite, where you can indulge in desert activities like smoking from a shisha pipe or getting a henna tattoo. From traversing up and down the golden sand dunes to enjoying a barbecue dinner under the stars, soak up a bit of regional culture during this memorable day in the Arabian Desert.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Dubai Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, Belly Dancing and sandboardingDining Experiences

Dubai Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, Belly Dancing and sandboarding

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A desert safari is a must-do when visiting Dubai and this small-group excursion covers all the bases. Climb into a 4x4 vehicle for a dune bashing session and surf the golden sands on a sandboard. Then, head to a desert camp to enjoy an evening of camel riding, shisha smoking, and other activities. Finish the night with a barbecue dinner complemented by a live show of folk and belly dances.
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Private Red Dune Safari with Sandboarding, Camel Ride & BBQ OptionsDay Trips

Private Red Dune Safari with Sandboarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Options

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This desert safari takes you to the red dunes outside Dubai for an action-packed day of adventure. First, go dune bashing with a professional driver at the wheel. Then relax at a Bedouin camp where you can enjoy activities such as camel riding, sandboarding, henna painting, shisha, and a belly dancing show. The 6-hour experience also includes a full barbecue buffet dinner (vegetarian options available).
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Dubai Combo: Helicopter Flight and Desert Camp Experience by 4x4Day Trips

Dubai Combo: Helicopter Flight and Desert Camp Experience by 4x4

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Combine a helicopter flight over Dubai with an action-packed desert adventure in one day on this memorable combo experience. Board a state-of-the-art helicopter and soar over top Dubai attractions such as The Palm, Burj Khalifa, and The World archipelago during an exhilarating scenic flight. In the afternoon, ride a 4x4 to a desert camp and experience a host of evening desert activities, including a dune drive, camel ride, henna tattoo session, and more. Then, as darkness falls, finish with a delicious barbecue dinner and hypnotic belly dancing show.
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Best Desert Safari Dubai with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride Dining Experiences

Best Desert Safari Dubai with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

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Get the best out of the desert during this safari from Dubai. Start out with an adrenaline-pumping dune bashing session in a 4x4 vehicle followed by time to sandboard down the golden dunes. Then ride a camel, smoke some shisha, get a henna tattoo, and more at a desert camp. Cap off your evening with a delicious buffet dinner while watching belly dancers, a fire show, and a folk dance.
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  • 6 hours
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Amazing Hot Air Balloon With Beautiful Desert Sunrise View Day Trips

Amazing Hot Air Balloon With Beautiful Desert Sunrise View

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This is most beautiful and unique tours in Dubai, You can experience and feel more quiet morning in the desert city, see the bright sun rise, see oasis in desert, and you can explore all below wonderful activities and full services. 1. Pick up and Drop off from Dubai main city to desert. 2. Ground photo with all guests and pilot. 3. Flying certificate from pilot. 4. Beautiful and amazing sun rise from Desert. 5. Falco show in the sky with flying hot balloon(Deluxe Flight) 6. Arabian style breakfast, let you taste Arab food(Deluxe Flight)
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Desert Safari With Quad Bike & Arabian Show With BBQ DinnerDay Trips

Desert Safari With Quad Bike & Arabian Show With BBQ Dinner

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Get your adrenaline pumping and learn about desert culture during this evening adventure from Dubai. Crash through the golden sands during a dune bashing session and quad bike ride. Then head to a desert camp where you can ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, watch live cultural performances, and feast on a delicious barbecue buffet dinner of local and international foods before heading back to Dubai.
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Extreme Adventure TourDay Trips

Extreme Adventure Tour

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Kick off the day with an adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the Dubai Desert, less than an hour’s drive from the city. Soak up the scenery on an off-road dune bashing drive by 4WD, then visit a desert camp, where you can try sandboarding and camel riding. Finally, take the wheel for a thrilling 30-minute quad bike excursion and zip through the desert sands.
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Morning Dune DriveNature and Wildlife

Morning Dune Drive

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You can’t visit Dubai without a trip to the desert and this morning dune drive with a small group of six travelers is a thrilling way to start the day. Set out to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4x4, get your adrenaline pumping as you try sandboarding and take a camel ride, then relax with refreshments at a Bedouin desert camp.
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Breakfast & Wildlife Drive in a 1950s Land RoverDay Trips

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Breakfast & Wildlife Drive in a 1950s Land Rover

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A pre-dawn start to your early morning adventure means plenty of time to be in the air for the sunrise. Float over the Hajar Mountains and spot the desert animals below. A falconry demonstration completes the incredible aerial experience. Once you land, travel to a private reserve for a sumptuous gourmet breakfast before getting into an open top vintage Land Rover to safari through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
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  • 6 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry SafariDay Trips

Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

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Fly a falcon and enjoy a desert wildlife drive on this 5-hour experience from Dubai. Board a 4x4 and roam the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to watch for animals such as the rare Arabian oryx, hares and more. Then, enjoy a thrilling, interactive group falconry experience. Learn to fly a falcon from your glove, and see some prized birds and training techniques in action. Upgrade to include breakfast at the stylish Al Maha Desert Resort to make the morning extra special. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized atmosphere.
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  • 5 hours
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Overnight Safari - Double OccupancyNature and Wildlife

Overnight Safari - Double Occupancy

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Spend an unforgettable night in the desert on this overnight safari and enjoy ‘glamping’ beneath the desert stars. Explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4x4, watch the sunset over the sand dunes, ride a camel to your campsite, and tuck into a delicious barbecue dinner with wine. The next day, enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast, then set out on a morning wildlife safari through the reserve.
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Combo Tour - Dubai Desert Safari and Dhow Cruise Dinner Day Trips

Combo Tour - Dubai Desert Safari and Dhow Cruise Dinner

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Combine a dhow cruise on Dubai Creek with an evening desert safari and barbecue dinner with this package. Experience the best of the desert, culminating in a delectable dinner and cultural show under the stars. The next evening, tuck into dinner and see the city of Dubai illuminated while cruising along Dubai Creek in a traditional wooden. Round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 7 hours
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Dubai Red Dune Safari with BBQ Dinner & Live Shows from RAKDay Trips

Dubai Red Dune Safari with BBQ Dinner & Live Shows from RAK

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Enjoy this 7-hour tour of fun and heart-stopping activities in one of the biggest as well as magnificent deserts in the Arabian Peninsula. Your desert safari trip is a mix of adventure, cultural entertainment, and sumptuous dinner under the stars. The real highlight of the desert safari tour is an exciting, adrenaline-pumping 4×4 drive deep into the desert to explore the vast stretch of the golden dunes by plummeting low in the deep ditches and escalating high on the summit of the dunes. This is followed by a visit to a traditional Arabic Bedouin campsite, which enables you to capture the real essence and beauty of the desert, as you relish traditional Arabic coffee, smoke a flavored shisha, and rivet in mesmerizing belly dance movements and Tanura shows.
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Dubai Desert Safari (with BBQ Dinner and more)Day Trips

Dubai Desert Safari (with BBQ Dinner and more)

This budget-friendly tour is for all those who wants to have a taste of the Arabian life in the desert. With mini activities packed in this tour, we're sure you're going to leave with an even deeper appreciation of Dubai and its rich culture.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry SafariNature and Wildlife

Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari

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Try your hand at falconry on a private tour within the Dubai desert. Set out in the early morning to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, located amid the emirates' vast sand dunes. Learn about the region and its wildlife, then enjoy a hands-on falconry experience with guidance from a professional trainer. Feed a bird of prey and marvel as it returns to your gloved hand, and discover a variety of training techniques ranging from age-old tactics to remote-controlled drones. Upgrade with an optional post-falconry breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort.
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  • 5 hours
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Evening Desert Safari

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Experience the most craved adventure in the UAE. Dubai Desert Safari is an excellent opportunity to spend a wonderful time with your loved ones in the serene vastness of the Arabian desert. Be amazed by the untouched beauty of nature and amusing activities altogether. One of its own kind, Dubai Desert Safari is crowned as most favorite tourist activities in the United Arab Emirates. Thousands of tourists come from all around the world to enjoy this thrilling expedition. No doubt there are numerous Desert Safari operators in UAE and it is difficult to choose one, especially when booking online they just give a vague overview to trick people. But we make sure that what is promised it is delivered so you have the best time in the magnificent Arabian desert with safety as the priority. After involving in exhilarating activities, experiencing long gone Arab lifestyle at camp, feasting on mouth-watering dinner and watching scintillating performances our team will drop you back.
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  • 6 hours
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and ShowsNature and Wildlife

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and Shows

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Let loose in Dubai’s famous dunes on this desert adventure that includes dinner. Start with a 4x4 dune bash before a session of sand boarding and sunset photo stop. Then, enjoy a host of activities at a Bedouin-style camp, including a camel ride, henna tattoo painting, and a traditional Arabic dress photo op. Your experience ends with a barbecue and buffet dinner, plus live entertainment under the stars. Return Dubai transfers and dinner included.
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  • 6 hours
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