Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Wildlife Tour

By Arabian Adventures
Exclusive to Arabian Adventures
From USD 39

Price varies by vehicle, group sizes and other selections

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    DeparturesSaturday and Sunday
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    SeasonalityYear round
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    Duration2 hours
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    Dress codeComfortable walking
    shoes are recommended
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    Family FriendlyYes
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    Food & BeveragesNo
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The experience begins in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Wildlife (DDCR) Visitor Centre, where a journey across themed rooms guides you through the DDCR story, highlighting the Reserve’s inhabitant wildlife, continuous development, and conservation efforts to protect local heritage and fauna.

The Cultural Hall is home to an extensive biography of the Reserve’s development, from inception in 2002 to the present day.

Accompanied by a personal guide and driver, this captivating experience allows guests to observe the reserve’s wildlife up close. Both shared and private vehicle experiences are available to guests.

Duration: 2 hours
Language: English

Full description

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Wildlife Tour is a fully immersive introduction to the indigenous fauna and culture of the UAE. Located in the heart of the Dubai desert, the tour offers a comprehensive insight into the DDCR’s rich and bountiful wildlife and conservation efforts, with a guide-led journey across the Reserve bringing visitors closer to the richness of Emirati culture and the native wildlife of the country.

Throughout its rich history, the DDCR has welcomed sustained growth of threatened species, supported the prosperity of indigenous wildlife, and facilitated breakthrough discoveries to add further biodiversity to the wildlife of the region.

Life-sized sculptures of the Reserve’s inhabitants can be found across the Tour, from butterflies and Camel Spiders to the Arabian Oryx and Sand Fox. Models are placed along the journey through the centre to place nature at the heart of the experience.

The tour of the Visitor Centre concludes in the Adventure Room, with experiences available to book through Arabian Adventures, award-winning provider of desert safari experiences across the UAE. At the conclusion of the Visitor Center educational tour, guests can make their way to a 4x4 vehicle to tour the Reserve.

What's included

  • Admission to the Visitor Centre for unguided tour, redeemable before or after Wildlife Drive. Visitor Centre tour takes approximately 1 hour
  • 1 hour wildlife drive into the DDCR in a private 4x4 (Toyota Land Cruiser or similar)
  • Private tour guide throughout the wildlife drive tour
  • Free car parking

What's not included

  • The tour excludes food and beverages
  • Transfers from Dubai to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Guide during the DDCR Visitor Centre tour


  • See Arabian Oryx in their natural habitat
  • Explore the reserve map and track Arabian Foxes at the interactive kiosk
  • Learn more about the DDCR milestones since its 1999 inception while walking through the Cultural hall
  • Watch a captivating short film sharing overview of the Reserve
  • Dispel any desert misconceptions by discovering its diverse flora and fauna at the AV hall
  • Immerse in the DDCR's nightlife through a cutting-edge dome display in the Nocturnal hall

Know before you go

  • The DDCR Visitor Centre is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily.
  • The 2 hours Wildlife Drive tour is available exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The Wildlife Drive begins at the specified time slots: 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to departure to ensure your place on the Drive at your preferred time.
  • Admission to the Visitor Centre can be redeemed at any time.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicle, fitted with full safety features.
  • Passengers must keep their seatbelts fastened at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
  • The Visitors Centre at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is accommodating and accessible for individuals with disabilities.
  • Costa Coffee shop accessible inside the Visitor Centre

Age policy

  • Adults are 12 years & above and Children are 5-12 years.
  • To book children 2-5 years or under 135 cm, please book Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Wildlife Tour Private Vehicle and enter details on infants

Cancellation policy

  • For a full refund cancel 48 hours in advance.
  • No-shows and late cancellations are non-refundable.
  • Amendments to services provided by our company cannot be accepted within 24 hours prior to the scheduled service time.
  • If an amendment is made, it must be confirmed with an Arabian Adventures agent, otherwise the service may be delivered as originally reserved.
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