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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

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E-66, Murqqab, United Arab Emirates

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.

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Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment
Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment
$170.00 per adult
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Great Tour Guide, great Tour, incredible Nature and wonderful Food. 100% recommended, was worth every cent!
Patrick_R, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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Great experience
Sylvia_an, Jan 2021
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
Very Well organized! Value for Money! Our driver, Saheb, was fantastic! A great experience and a very nice adventure to do in Dubai!
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Desert Safari
nigelm869, Dec 2019
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip into the desert. Not for those who suffer from motion sickness or don't do roller coasters! Our driver Nawaz was a wonderful host and ambassador of the company
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Great excursion
amankiewicz, Oct 2019
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
We had an afternoon free up and we were looking for something to do. We decided to book this tour at the last minute and it was a great decision. We did sand bashing, sand boarding and topped it off with a dinner in the desert where we saw 3 different shows. The flame thrower was my favorite. Our driver, Sohiel, picked and dropped us off and killed the sand bashing. Would definitely do this again.
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Verry good!!
karlheinz4, Oct 2019
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
.....our Driver was Zahoor. He is a verry good Driver and was so friendly. We enjoy the safari and the show in the camp.

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.

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How to Get There

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is situated about 37 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Dubai, a roughly 45-minute journey. Most tours and excursions include round-trip transportation to and from the reserve for ease.

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When to Get There

For the best weather—temperatures around 80°F (27­°C)—visit the Dubai Desert 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 100°F (38­°C).

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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, though. Before the park was established in 2003, it was close to extinction; today, well over 100 live here.

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)