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

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

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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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai
Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai
$170.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Authentic Bedouins.
Had more of everything than similar Safaris. Our transfer had a flat tire so they upgraded us to private transfer at no extra charge. They give you presents and you get to try camel stew. DON'T eat food before going or you will regret it. Everything done in the way the Bedouins did back in the day. Don't forget to try their purple many berries juice. Delicious. Staff super helpful and courteous.
MarthaC, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

star-5
Best trip ever
Juanita_M, Sep 2021
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
The trip, the service, the driver, the experience, the people, and the food was amazing! They go above and beyond to bring an experience of a lifetime!!!
star-5
Do it! Desert Safari was amazing!
Brandy_M, Oct 2021
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
Our tour guide was amazing! He had the best rig for dune bashing and made it so fun. He was super knowledgeable and shared so much info with us. He let us know what our options were but didn’t push any of the extras 😀. We paid for the additional quad ride in the big desert when we got there. It was soooooooo worth it. The dinner was great. Curry, BBQ and the most delicious rice. The shows were very entertaining, the fire show was the best. Lots of goodies to buy while you are there and along the way.
star-5
Desert Safari
Jet21181516662, Jun 2019
Dubai Desert Red Dune Half-Day Safari Adventure and BBQ Dinner
We loved the whole experience! Nawaz was a fantastic driver. The camels was short but great. The entertainment at dinner was amazing. We had so much fun.
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
Great Expirience
TorresY1, Aug 2019
Best Dubai Desert Safari- Quad Biking & Dun Bashing & Sand Boarding with BBQ
This was the highlight of our trip. We got p/u at the hotel by MJ (nickname) he was our driver and tour guide. We arrived at the the first stop it was the quad biking. That was so much fun. Dun Bashing was great, exciting and stomach turning (don't drink too much water before do it), we stopped in the to takes some pictures. The most beautiful pics ever. Then more Dun Bashing and of to the camp. There you get to ride camels (we didn't ride the camels I felt they were being mistreated, they were tightening the straps and the camel was yelping), take pics with a falcon, and sand boarding, see a show and have a bbq dinner. There is a stand that makes sand art in vases beautiful, Mohhamed he was the man making the sand art he was very nice and outgoing. Overall it was a great experience. Would love to be able to post some of my pics.
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
star-5
Desert safari
DayTrip03663698060, Mar 2019
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
Fantastic day out! Highly recommend this to anyone who visits Dubai. This guy Mustafa can drive!! This is a must to do.
star-5
Best Desert Safari Tour..
Travel17357567887, Jan 2019
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
Omg, there no words for this tour, from start to end it was truly awesome...we were very lucky to have Naveed as our guide/diver he’s very just great!
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Dubai Desert Safari
sht0613, Aug 2018
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
Very good and impressive, especially the desert tour and driving the motor bikes. However, the meal was only fair.
star-5
I must tell you all this was one of...
Sooty, Jul 2017
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows
I must tell you all this was one of the best day yours we have ever had. Great guide and best experience ever.

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)