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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) Tours

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The first national park in the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) offers visitors a stunning landscape of sand dunes and desert fauna. Once a huge camel farm, the land it occupies was bought by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1993, who, inspired by the national parks of South Africa, decided that Dubai needed its own reserve. The reserve is a must-visit for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, with its rolling dunes setting the scene for thrill-seekers to experience fat-bike riding, off-roading, camel trekking, sandboarding, and falcon demonstrations.

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.

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.

How to Get There
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is situated about 37 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Dubai, a journey of about 45 minutes by road. 

When to Get There
For the best weather—temperatures around 80°F (27­°C)—visit the Dubai Desert (or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates for that matter) 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 80°F (38­°C).

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, a species of antelope. Before the park was established in 2003, the Arabian oryx was close to extinction. Today, well over 100 live here. 
Address: E-66, Murqqab, United Arab Emirates
Admission: Varies
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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

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Enjoy a camel ride in Dubai and an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this desert adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take a camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.
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  • 7 hours
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$170.00
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$170.00
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast

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See the desert sunrise from the air on this hot air balloon ride in Dubai. Rise early, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the launch site, and glide over the billowing dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with your pilot. Watch falcons fly up to 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above Earth in a trained demonstration as the sun rises over the Hajar Mountains. Conclude with a gourmet breakfast back on the ground.
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  • 5 hours
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$372.33
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Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

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Venture through the desert by vintage Land Rover and enjoy Arabic entertainments and dinner on this full-day experience from Dubai. Board an open-top Land Rover with a driver, and watch for wildlife as you drive into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. See a falconry display and continue to a plush Bedouin-style camp within a royal residence. Here, experience traditional activities, including a camel ride and bread-making demonstration, and enjoy a delicious dinner, live music and dancing displays.
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  • 7 hours
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$170.00
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Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort

Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort

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Discover the natural riches of the UAE desert on this 5-hour conservation expedition from Dubai. Board an air-conditioned Range Rover with a safari driver-guide, and explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a natural sanctuary that helps protect the country’s ecosystem. During your drive, look for rare Arabian oryx, desert monitors, gazelles and native plants as your guide shares facts about desert, its animals and traditional Bedouin customs. Finish with delicious light snacks at the upscale Al Maha Desert Resort as you soak in the serene surrounding desert and dunes.
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  • 5 hours
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$183.56
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Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$157.00
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

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Head into the desert for an off-road adventure from Dubai that includes dune bashing by 4x4 vehicle and a visit to a Bedouin-style campsite, where you can indulge in desert activities like smoking from a shisha pipe or getting a henna tattoo. From traversing up and down the golden sand dunes to enjoying a barbecue dinner under the stars, soak up a bit of regional culture during this memorable day in the Arabian Desert.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$56.00
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Dubai Super Saver: Desert Camp Experience by 4x4 and Dhow Dinner Cruise

Dubai Super Saver: Desert Camp Experience by 4x4 and Dhow Dinner Cruise

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Combine an exciting 4x4 desert dinner adventure with a Dubai Creek dinner cruise over consecutive evenings with this Dubai Super Saver. Enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 dune bash and then visit a starlit desert camp to enjoy traditional Emirati activities, a barbecue dinner and belly dancing displays. On the other evening, board a beautifully illuminated dhow (Arabian boat) for a memorable dinner cruise along Dubai Creek. Ogle the floodlit landmarks and enjoy a tasty buffet dinner on board. This Super Saver combines these two popular tours for a great-value, discounted price.
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  • 8 hours
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$141.12
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and Shows

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and Shows

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Let loose in Dubai’s famous dunes on this desert adventure that includes dinner. Start with a 4x4 dune bash before a session of sand boarding and sunset photo stop. Then, enjoy a host of activities at a Bedouin-style camp, including a camel ride, henna tattoo painting, and a traditional Arabic dress photo op. Your experience ends with a barbecue and buffet dinner, plus live entertainment under the stars. Return Dubai transfers and dinner included.
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  • 6 hours
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$60.00
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Dubai 30-Mins Quad Bike Ride,Desert Safari,Camel Ride,Sand Boarding & BBQ Dinner

Dubai 30-Mins Quad Bike Ride,Desert Safari,Camel Ride,Sand Boarding & BBQ Dinner

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Get a taste of desert adventure and Bedouin desert life on this exciting tour from Dubai. Take a quad bike across the sands and dunes, and then visit a desert camp for camel riding, sandboarding, henna tattoos, and more. Finally, enjoy a sunset buffet dinner accompanied by a belly dancing and whirling dervish-style ‘tanoura’ show. Your experience includes unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and central Dubai hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$105.00
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Desert Safari Experience - Al Maha Arabian Safari

Desert Safari Experience - Al Maha Arabian Safari

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Spend an evening in the Arabian Desert on a 6-hour tour from Dubai. Travel by 4-wheel drive to a Bedouin camp where you'll have a range of activities to choose from: ride a camel, go sandboarding on the dunes, get a henna tattoo, or pass around the traditional shisha water pipe. You can also opt to relax on the deluxe camp’s Persian rugs and watch the stars come out. A 3-course Arab-style barbecue dinner buffet, Middle Eastern folk music, and belly-dance performance are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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$72.00
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Best Desert Safari Dubai with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

Best Desert Safari Dubai with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

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Get the best out of the desert during this safari from Dubai. Start out with an adrenaline-pumping dune bashing session in a 4x4 vehicle followed by time to sandboard down the golden dunes. Then ride a camel, smoke some shisha, get a henna tattoo, and more at a desert camp. Cap off your evening with a delicious buffet dinner while watching belly dancers, a fire show, and a folk dance.
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  • 6 hours
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$58.00
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

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Fly a falcon and enjoy a desert wildlife drive on this 5-hour experience from Dubai. Board a 4x4 and roam the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to watch for animals such as the rare Arabian oryx, hares and more. Then, enjoy a thrilling, interactive group falconry experience. Learn to fly a falcon from your glove, and see some prized birds and training techniques in action. Upgrade to include breakfast at the stylish Al Maha Desert Resort to make the morning extra special. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized atmosphere.
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  • 5 hours
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$199.46
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Dubai Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, Belly Dancing and sandboarding

Dubai Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, Belly Dancing and sandboarding

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A desert safari is a must-do when visiting Dubai and this small-group excursion covers all the bases. Climb into a 4x4 vehicle for a dune bashing session and surf the golden sands on a sandboard. Then, head to a desert camp to enjoy an evening of camel riding, shisha smoking, and other activities. Finish the night with a barbecue dinner complemented by a live show of folk and belly dances.
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  • 7 hours
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$38.15
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$38.15

Best Dubai Desert Safari- Quad Biking & Dun Bashing & Sand Boarding with BBQ

Best Dubai Desert Safari- Quad Biking & Dun Bashing & Sand Boarding with BBQ

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Enjoy a memorable night in the Dubai Desert on this fun-filled evening safari. Speed through the desert on an adrenaline-fuelled dune bashing excursion by 4x4, then take the wheel for a guided ATV tour, and zip down the dunes on a sandboard. Continue to a desert camp, where you can ride camels, enjoy belly dancing and Tanoura performances, and feast on a delicious buffet dinner.
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  • 6 hours
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$176.00
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Dubai Desert Safari (with BBQ Dinner and more)

Dubai Desert Safari (with BBQ Dinner and more)

This budget-friendly tour is for all those who wants to have a taste of the Arabian life in the desert. With mini activities packed in this tour, we're sure you're going to leave with an even deeper appreciation of Dubai and its rich culture.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$44.51
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Dubai Desert Red Dune Half-Day Safari Adventure and BBQ Dinner

Dubai Desert Red Dune Half-Day Safari Adventure and BBQ Dinner

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Dubai’s dunes are a must-see, and taking an organized tour is the easiest way to see them and enjoy an obligatory dune bash and desert dinner to boot. This trip covers the bases: a 4x4 bash in some of the UAE’s highest red dunes, plus sand boarding and camel riding, and finished with a desert camp dinner and live entertainment. Optional quad biking (additional cost) is also available for extra adventure.
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  • 6 hours
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$58.00
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$58.00
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Dubai Desert Safari - Land Cruiser Pickup/Drop off from Hotel

Dubai Desert Safari - Land Cruiser Pickup/Drop off from Hotel

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Help yourself to a full package of desert fun with minimal effort on your part on this tour from Dubai. After hotel pickup, cruise into an area of desert dominated by high, red dunes. Here, enjoy an extensive round of activities, including a dune bash, camel ride, sand boarding, and sunset photos. Finally, as darkness falls, visit a Bedouin-style camp to end your day with dinner and live shows.
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  • 5 hours
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$54.28
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Platinum Luxury Desert Safari with Range Rovers and 6-Course Dinner in Cabana

Platinum Luxury Desert Safari with Range Rovers and 6-Course Dinner in Cabana

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Treat yourself to a VIP dinner-and-desert experience with this private, luxury 7-hour adventure from Dubai. Venture into the desert in a plush Range Rover 4x4, and take a thrilling wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to look for rare Arabian oryx and other desert species. Then, after watching a stunning falconry display, ride a camel to a romantic, lamp-lit desert sanctuary and enjoy a private, gourmet 6-course dinner under the stars. Upgrade your experience to a private Range Rover and enjoy a private wildlife-spotting drive before dinner.
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  • 7 hours
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$495.00
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Dubai: Morning Desert Safari, Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

Dubai: Morning Desert Safari, Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

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Forget everything and delve into the pride of Arabian majesty. Feel the gentle breeze and fresh aura of the desert terrain with our morning desert safari tour. Be amazed by the breathtaking desert activities of quad biking, dune bashing, sandboarding and enjoy a memorable camel ride with delicious Arabian brunch before you leave the desert. Relish in the morning beauty of the desert landscape Exhilarating session of dune bashing through the desert Enjoy the thrill of camel riding through the magnificent sand dunes Be amazed by the exciting sandboarding adventure. Traditional desert camp with conventional activities and brunch
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$45.00
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Dubai Desert Dune Buggies - Driver Experience

Dubai Desert Dune Buggies - Driver Experience

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Ride a four-wheel drive (4WD) dune buggy through the Lisaili Desert on a 2-hour tour from Dubai. Take an exhilarating spin over the rolling dunes in the fast, fun dune buggies while accompanied by an experienced guide. Includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Dubai.
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  • 4 hours
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$200.00
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VIP Dubai Desert Safari with Dinner served at table and 3 live Shows

VIP Dubai Desert Safari with Dinner served at table and 3 live Shows

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Enjoy a memorable evening tour to the Dubai Desert, just an hour from the city. Set out on a thrilling dune-bashing excursion in a 4WD and climb high into the dunes to watch the sunset. Then, visit a traditional Bedouin desert camp and enjoy activities like camel riding, henna painting, and sandboarding. End the night with a delicious BBQ dinner, accompanied by a belly dancing and Tanoura dance show.
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  • 6 hours
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$95.00
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Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari

Falcon 1—Private Dubai Falconry Safari

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Try your hand at falconry on a private tour within the Dubai desert. Set out in the early morning to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, located amid the emirates' vast sand dunes. Learn about the region and its wildlife, then enjoy a hands-on falconry experience with guidance from a professional trainer. Feed a bird of prey and marvel as it returns to your gloved hand, and discover a variety of training techniques ranging from age-old tactics to remote-controlled drones. Upgrade with an optional post-falconry breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort.
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  • 5 hours
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$114.00
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Amazing Hot Air Balloon With Beautiful Desert Sunrise View

Amazing Hot Air Balloon With Beautiful Desert Sunrise View

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This is most beautiful and unique tours in Dubai, You can experience and feel more quiet morning in the desert city, see the bright sun rise, see oasis in desert, and you can explore all below wonderful activities and full services. 1. Pick up and Drop off from Dubai main city to desert. 2. Ground photo with all guests and pilot. 3. Flying certificate from pilot. 4. Beautiful and amazing sun rise from Desert. 5. Falco show in the sky with flying hot balloon(Deluxe Flight) 6. Arabian style breakfast, let you taste Arab food(Deluxe Flight)
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$309.37
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Private Night Vintage Land Rover Desert Safari & Astronomy with Dubai transfers

Private Night Vintage Land Rover Desert Safari & Astronomy with Dubai transfers

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Experience the wildlife and beauty of the desert by night on this private experience from Dubai. As dusk falls, board a private, vintage Land Rover for a wildlife-spotting drive around the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. With a private driver, roam the dunes and use the night-vision binoculars and headlights to spot nocturnal animals foraging in the darkness. Then, relax at a royal desert retreat with a delicious 2-course dinner and stargazing session with an astronomer-guide. In summer, upgrade to enjoy your wildlife drive in a plush Range Rover.
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  • 5 hours
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$621.82
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