Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Dubai is witness to growing urbanization since the 1960s when oil was first discovered. Since then, the city has seen rapid growth in the economy, which focuses on tourism and fossil fuels.
Whenever we visit Dubai, attractions like Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Souks & Shopping Malls, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Beaches, Parks and Sports Cities are on our list. we need to look beyond the materialistic façade and discover what the deserts of Dubai are offering.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
By the late 1990s, Dubai was everywhere, amassing all the wealth of tourism. Dubai’s growth, on the other hand, was boundless, but it also saw the need to protect the fragile desert environment and revitalize endangered plant and animal species.
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has taken the initiative to build the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where the desert’s natural habitat begins to flourish without any external threat. Inspired by South Africa’s national parks, the Sheikh started the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) on a large camel farm by moving all the camels and closing about 5% of the country to protect endangered species.
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Since then, thousands of trees have been planted and various indigenous species are now thriving in their natural habitat. Animals of all shapes and sizes coexist peacefully in adaptation to the harsh desert climate. There are dozens of desert species, but the main inhabitants are the Arabian Oryx, the San gazelle, the Ethiopian hedgehog, the sandworm, the Rueppell fox, and the sand cats.
For regular animal observation, the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is located within the Conservation Reserve. Here visitors learn to respect the environment and the desert way of life. Common activities such as nature trails, desert safaris, tents, falconry, camel rides, horseback riding, and wildlife driving, include a love of nature.
Visitors can also choose safaris by tour operators, where they offer the opportunity to explore the unique area of the Conservation Reserve. This ride is safe for all ages, but pregnant women and patients with vertigo should stay away because it involves driving up the sand dunes. Enjoy the amazing views of the desert, Bedouin camp, dune dinners, and fun filled with adrenaline on the 4X4 drive accompanied by a well-learned safari guide.
One has to applaud the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve team for bringing back many endangered species. Efforts like this make the Desert Desert Conservation Reserve an important site for the natural success of the United Arab Emirate.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Hotel
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
The hotel offers secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif. Take an unforgettable horse ride, camel trek or nature walk. Join a signature desert safari or practice the distinguished arts of archery and falconry.
Our 5-star hotel boasts private swimming pools with majestic dune and mountain views and our 42 suites combine discreet refinement with authentic regional antiques, local artifacts and thoughtful nuances.