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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Dubai Desert

1. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour Over the Dubai Desert

Take a sunrise tour of the Dubai desert from a hot air balloon. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up and dropped-off at your accommodations in Dubai. Perk up with a morning coffee or tea. Be picked up from your accommodation in Dubai and sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the lift-off base camp. Have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea before your fight. Hop aboard and experience the excitement of lifting off. Take in sunrise views of sweeping sand dunes and distant mountains. Float across the sky and look for wildlife like the Arabian oryx or the sand gazelle. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of the tour.

Dubai: Vintage Car Evening Safari & Al Marmoom Oasis Dinner

2. Dubai: Vintage Car Evening Safari & Al Marmoom Oasis Dinner

Tour Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve in a Vintage G 230 Mercedes. Explore an ancient Bedouin village while participating in local activities such as coffee making and camel riding. Savor a 3-course dinner while breathing in the one-of-a-kind desert ambiance. Start your trip with pickup in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle. After a 50-minute journey, arrive at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. On arriving, switch from your modern vehicle to a 1980s Vintage G Class Mercedes for a smooth ride over the dunes.  During the ride, make a photo stop in the middle of the desert. Taking advantage of this chance, learn about Dubai's history. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see wild animals while hanging on to the car’s rods and looking out through the open top.  Arriving at the traditional Bedouin village, enjoy an authentic Emirati welcome with gahwa (Arabic coffee) and sweets, followed by a camel caravan ride, where you’ll witness another perspective of the rare beauty of the desert landscape. Later, watch a live Arabic coffee-making session with a local. Sip on traditional Emirati coffee and explore the Bedouin village. Spot structures made of natural materials like goat hair and hear stories about the old Bedouin lifestyle and the culture and customs they still value today.  Next, it’s time to see an unforgettable sunset. Marvel at the endless sand dunes as the sun falls and snap some unbeatable photos. Before enjoying your own Emirati meal, you can learn more about the Emirati cooking style by seeing a village lady busy making Emirati bread and luqaimat, an Arabic sweet dumpling.  Then, an Emirati 3-course dinner awaits. Start with an appetizer followed by the main course and a dessert. Take this time to enjoy the lively Bedouin-style entertainment.  Get dressed in your own typical Arabian costume and pose with the majestic falcon to take more photos to remember your experience. As night falls, the camp lights will be turned off, allowing you to feel the true essence and magic of the calm desert while enjoying a stargazing session with a telescope. Conclude your trip by hopping back in the vintage Mercedes for one more ride back to your hotel or accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Camel Ride & Falcon Show

3. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Camel Ride & Falcon Show

Your hot air balloon adventure begins early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Margham Desert for a refreshment and a briefing from the pilot. Next, you’ll be driven over the red sand dunes of the Dubai desert to your take-off location, where you’ll witness the inflation of the hot air balloon on the ground. After takeoff, you’ll float above the Arabian desert and enjoy the sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground, taking in breathtaking views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and native wildlife. Once you’ve landed, you'll be driven back to the Margham desert to freshen up, and enjoy an Arabic Style buffet breakfast. Finally, be dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

Dubai: Red Dune Safari and Camel Ride at Al Marmoom Oasis

4. Dubai: Red Dune Safari and Camel Ride at Al Marmoom Oasis

Explore Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve in 4WD vehicle. Join a camel caravan and experience the rich traditions of Dubai in an authentic Bedouin village. Savor a BBQ buffet while the evening entertainments take place and soak up the desert ambiance. Start your trip with a pickup in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle. After a scenic 60-minute drive, reach the desert and feel the thrill of bashing the silky dunes followed by a sandboarding session. Strap your feet onto a surfboard and slide across the desert plains observing the dunes. Afterward, move on for a camel ride admiring the mesmerizing sights of the desert landscape. Returning back to the village, be greeted with Qahwa (Arabic coffee) and sweets before indulging in an Arabic makeover and a pose with a majestic falcon. While exploring the village, participate in camp activities such as shisha smoking and henna painting. As the evening entertainment begins with the well-known Yola dance, be invited for a delicious buffet BBQ followed by local desserts. Relax by watching the joyful and lively Bedouin-style entertainment. As the night falls, the camp lights will be turned off, allowing you to feel the meditating dessert ambiance with a stargazing session. Hop back in the vehicle to conclude your trip with one last ride back to your hotel or selected location in Dubai.

Dubai: Morning Safari Vintage Car & Breakfast at Al Marmoom

5. Dubai: Morning Safari Vintage Car & Breakfast at Al Marmoom

Discover the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve on this morning trip in a Vintage G 230 Mercedes from the 1980s. Explore a historic Bedouin Village while participating in local activities such as coffee making and camel riding and taste authentic Emirati cuisine. Start your trip with pickup in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle and begin the 50-minute journey to Dubai’s only unfenced desert reserve covering 10% of the city. Upon arrival at Al Marmoom, switch from your modern vehicle to a 1980s Vintage G Class Mercedes for a smooth ride over the dunes.  During the 30 to 40-minute ride through the reserve, stop for photos in the middle of the desert. This will also be a good opportunity to learn more about Dubai, its history, and the significance of desert flora and fauna in traditional Bedouin life.  After the tour, visit a Bedouin village in the conservation reserve. Spot structures made of natural materials like goat hair and enjoy an authentic Emirati welcome with gahwa (Arabic coffee) and sweets. Join a camel caravan ride and observe the dunes, witnessing another perspective of the rare beauty of the desert landscape. Once you return, grab the chance to witness a live Arabic coffee-making session after which you can taste typical Emirati coffee.  Get an Arabian makeover while trying on traditional outfits. Pose in your new outfits and with a village falcon for some one-of-a-kind photos. Later, sit down and enjoy a traditional Emirati breakfast while breathing in the desert ambiance.  With your stomach full, finish off your trip by hopping back in the vintage Mercedes for one more ride back to your hotel or accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

6. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Camel Ride and Breakfast

Feel the thrill of seeing the sun rise over the Dubai desert as you soar at an altitude of 4000-feet during this hot air balloon tour from Dubai. Wake up with a hot morning coffee or tea before your flight.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up and dropped-off at your accommodations in Dubai. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the lift-off base camp. Have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea before your fight. Hop aboard and experience the excitement of taking off. Admire sunrise views of sweeping sand dunes and the distant mountains. Float across the sky and look for wildlife like the Arabian oryx or the sand gazelle. After landing, travel to an authentic Bedouin camp to fill up with a delicious breakfast. Feel the thrill of a desert camel ride. Capture pictures with a magnificent falcon to share with friends and family back home. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of the tour.

Dubai: Private Falconry Safari

7. Dubai: Private Falconry Safari

On this private 5-hour program, head to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4WD vehicle. Enjoy a nature drive in search of the houbara bustard, Arabian oryx and sand gazelle. At the Emirati Falcon Hunting Camp you’ll be welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates. The falconry experience begins as you help to train a greater spotted eagle, desert eagle owl and Harris’s hawk. All of the birds will be flown to your gloved fist. Participate in a modern training technique: fly a peregrine falcon, the planet’s fastest animal, to a drone. As an optional add-on, you can enjoy breakfast at the luxurious Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, or a picnic-style canapé breakfast at the falcon camp.

Dubai: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

8. Dubai: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Experience a morning desert expedition that will show you the serenity of the Arabian sands. Take in views of the unique landscape, enjoy a camel ride, give sandboarding a go, and try typical Arabic specialties. Escape the city and head north to the desert, boasting spectacular landscapes of pristine, rolling sand dunes. Once you arrive, stop to deflate the tires then enjoy an exhilarating ride over the undulating dunes and into the wilderness, making several stops for photos. The drive continues until you reach an Arabian Desert Campsite, where you will experience a traditional welcome with ‘Gahwa’ Arabic coffee and local dates. Stretch your legs and enjoy a brief camel ride, sandboarding, and shisha, the Arabic water-pipe.

Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

9. Dubai: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert

Your hot-air balloon ride begins early in the morning, when you’ll be picked up from the hotel. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive to the Margham desert. Stop and have a warm cup of coffee or tea once you arrive. Drive through the Dubai desert to your take-off location. Snap some pictures as the balloon inflates in the desert. Float above the Arabian desert and witness the sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground. Fly with falcon and experience breathtaking views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and try to spot some native wildlife. Once you’ve landed, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

Dubai: Morning Camel Safari & Breakfast at Al Marmoom Oasis

10. Dubai: Morning Camel Safari & Breakfast at Al Marmoom Oasis

Travel to the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve to take part in a camel safari on this tour from Dubai. Experience what life is like in a traditional Bedouin village and have a delicious breakfast. Get your picture taken with a falcon. Be picked up from your accommodation in Dubai. Relax and take in the scenery on a 50-minute ride to Al Marmoom. Enjoy a traditional Emirati welcome of gahwa (Arabic coffee) and delectable local sweets.  Meet your camel and head out into the Al Marmoom desert. Travel by camel through the largest unfenced desert reserve in the UAE. Keep an eye out for the wildlife like birds and the Arabian oryx antelope. Hear about the Bedouin way of life from your guide. Arrive at a Bedouin village which was built from natural and sustainable materials. View Bedouin tents, a restored well, cooking stations, and farm animals. Watch a live Arabic coffee making session. Savor a fresh cup of coffee as you listen to Bedouin stories.  Dress up in Arabian clothing and take some photos with a majestic falcon. After your photo session, try a traditional Emirati breakfast. Admire the beauty of the desert landscape while experiencing new flavors. Return to your accommodation in Dubai. 

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What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20,500 reviews

The desert safari in the vintage car was fun. Our guide Usman picked us up at the hotel in an SUV and brought us to Al Marmoom Oasis. After the camel ride, we drove into the desert in a vintage car to watch the sunset. The dinner in the camp was delicious and more than plentiful.

Enjoyed the safari ride the most. Our driver was qadir who guided us all the way and made sure we sighted some gazelle. Though we were the only visitors for the morning tour, all items on the itinerary was made available

It was fantastic, mind blowing, outstanding, usman is the best guide we ever have, very knowledgeable and patient and he welcomed us very warmly, Ocean Air Travel is rock and top of the world, best day of my life,

the balloon experience was brilliant, I loved every minute about it. but I would suggest not to waste your money buying the video for 200AED it's very low quality you better off making yourself.

Amazing from start to finish. Pick up and drop of very convenient and on time. Hot air balloon trip was fantastic