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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 18,109 reviews

This was a wonderful experience - much better than I expected. The guys on site were fabulous - they worked really hard to ensure that everyone had a great experience. They were really friendly, inclusive and nothing was too much trouble for them. Their sole focus was to make sure everyone was enjoying the activity. All components of the activity were well thought out and constructed, with a few additional touches like the camel ride, the head scarf and water bottle gifts before entering the desert safari part of the experience. Would highly recommend this activity and well done to all staff on site - you made it the wonderful experience it was.

This safari is the best one I have been on in Dubai. There was no desert bashing, falcon pics or other tourist activities. The private preserve was interesting and beautiful too. However, I found the desert safari ride extremely uncomfortable. We were 90% tall people all crammed into the cruiser. I couldn’t move/turn around to take pictures. The person on my rt kept pushing into me when he turned to take pics. I would not go on this part of the trip again. Also, you didn’t allow for the option of indicating who I attended the safari with. My adult daughter attended with me.

Heritage Dinner Desert Safari from Dubai Reviewed by

Good experience - although the ATV riding was a bit of a waste of time as no one in our group was doing it and we just sat around for 45mins for no reason. Camel riding was literally about 10 feet - would have enjoyed longer. BBQ and dancing were great! I would also like to see less polysterene and plastic used at the BBQ.

Evening Desert Safari Dubai Reviewed by

The guide was very nice, the dune bashing fun but not overly scary so the driver got it just right. Trip was comfortable and good, camp part was nice though food not amazing. The trip was well organised, with good communication about pick up even though we booked very last minute, pick up was punctual.

Evening Desert Safari Dubai Reviewed by

Lovely experience, breakfast was beautiful. Weather was hazy which took away from it a bit but you cant control the weather and it was very cold before getting into basket but still worth the trip. Would have been nice if the recording of the trip was included in the price.

Balloon Expeditions into the Desert from Dubai Reviewed by