Famous as UAE’s first national park, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is an area of exceptional natural beauty protected by new laws. A distinctive and striking desert habitat with many in danger of extinction flora and fauna species, the reserve was created for the protection of endangered species.
Visitors who are willing to see the plants and animals in the protected area need to make a booking with one of the limited number of tours. Platinum Heritage is one of the few companies with permission to enter and, by joining a package such as its Conservation Drive. Tourists can be taken in luxury 4x4s on a safari that takes in gazelles, birdlife and rare wildcats. All the animals here are wild, so there are no guarantee of sightings, but the spectacular dunes are captivating and a trip to the impressive Al Maha Desert Resort is ideal for refreshments are certainties.
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is one of the largest areas to be declared as a protected nature reserve by the government in the UAE. Covering 225sqkms, it takes up approximately five per cent of the total land in Dubai and is marked and fenced off to protect and shield the flora and fauna that naturally grow in the area. Since the preservation started in 2004, the reserve has become home to more than 50 plant species, 120 birds and 43 mammals and reptiles. The reserve is also a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, having received international recognition for their efforts in protecting the habitat and natural wildlife.
Visitors will enjoy exploring this beautiful landscape and experience the region’s culture, nature and history through the luxury Al Maha Desert Resort and specialist tour operators Arabian Adventures, Lama Tours, Platinum Heritage and Alpha Tours. Visitors can enjoy one of the many exciting journeys and desert adventures on the reserve especially developed to avoid interference of the habitat. Some of these include treks, safaris, falconry, horse and camel riding, camping, sandboarding and dining.
A visit to Dubai is complete with a trip into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to appreciate the emirate’s natural and cultural heritage.
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