Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city of Dubai is a popular destination for those visiting the United Arab Emirates. Home to a wide range of attractions that can be enjoyed by the entire family, this oasis in the desert provides countless hours of fun and adventure amidst truly awe-inspiring landscapes. Those interested in nature and spending time in the great outdoors should definitely make time to visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR).
The first national park in the UAE, this unique park focused on the conservation of the precious desert ecosystem which is home to a variety of flora and fauna that have been threatened. Established to conserve the desert wildlife as well as its plant species, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve helps to preserve this vital part of the region’s natural heritage. Established in 2003, the DDCR spans an area of around 225 square kilometres and is also home to diverse trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses.
The desert area also hosts a variety of activities that one can engage in, offering plenty of adventure for young and old alike. A truly unique way to explore the area, camel treks provide an unforgettable sightseeing experience, while those looking for a faster way of sightseeing can try horse riding. Falconry is another fun activity that one can witness here and not to be missed is signing up for wildlife drives that let you catch a glimpse of the diverse wildlife in the desert.
Those looking for some adrenaline pumping action can also engage in archery, dune driving and sand boarding. Couples in search for an intimate getaway under the stars can indulge in having a private dinner in the desert, while families can also enjoy camping adventures with safari guides.
Among the wild inhabitants of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the Arabian Red Fox, Gordons Wildcat, Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle, Arabian Hare, Ethiopian Hedgehog, Vipers, Widow Spider, Black Scorpion, Monarch Butterfly and the Honey Bee.
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