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Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve Overview

Spread across 10% of Dubai's land is the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. As one of the largest unfenced natural reserves in the UAE, this place is a popular tourist destination and attracts visitors throughout the year. Tourists and travelers can come to visit this amazing and unique reserve, where they can enjoy the 40 hectares of land covered by shrubs and fertile areas.

Covering approximately 10% of Dubai in UAE, the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve is an exciting and unique experience for tourists and travelers visiting the Emirate. Located at the southwest region of Dubai, this reserve includes many of Dubai's famous desert landmarks and has become a very popular tourist attraction over the years. While people could visit the region long before, the place was actually given the title of a Reserve around 2018. 

With an abundance of native wildlife and various activities, visitors like to take a day trip to this beautiful desert location. About 40 hectares of the land in the reserve is covered by shrubs and houses the Al Qudra Lakes. Visitors can enjoy wildlife watching as many reptiles, mammals, trees and migratory birds call this place their home. It also houses the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park, the largest renewable energy project in the entire region. 

While there tourists can enjoy cycling through the desert on its amazing race tracks or enjoy a luxurious stay at the Bab Al Shams. A great way to explore the Bedouin culture, if you are visiting Dubai in the winter season, You can always attend the Heritage Festival. Camel races also are one of the many amazing activities to explore and enjoy in this gorgeous backdrop.

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Highlights

• As an unfenced reserve project, the region has amazing native wildlife and experiences accompanied with great facilities that are being added with time.
• It also includes the Al Qudra Lakes, Saih Al Salam desert, and many other notable landmarks of Dubai.
• The region witnesses migration of many amazing birds throughout the year and welcomes many of them at the Al Qudra Lakes.
• The 86km long Al Qudra cycling trek is one of the major sports activities that tourists can enjoy while visiting the reserve area.
• The Marmoom Camel Track is a hotspot for camel races in the winter season and spectators come from around the world.
• Plan a romantic picnic at the Love Lake - a beautiful and an instagramable destination in the middle of the desert.

How To Reach

The Al Marmoom Desert is not connected to the main city via any bus or metro. Therefore to reach this amazing location, tourists have to rent private cabs or taxis or travel in their own cars if possible. Although most places around the reserve are accessible by 2WD, certain parts of the desert reserve require a 4WD.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Al Marmoom Desert is due to the winter and spring seasons. So when planning the trip, tourists should try to visit during the months of October to March. This is because the temperature at this time of the year is comparatively pleasant. Since it is a desert reserve, summers are extremely hot and tourists won't be able to enjoy their tours. Another reason is the camel race and heritage festival, both hosted in the winter season.

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Flora and Fauna at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve

The Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is home to much native wildlife and also welcomes some amazing migratory birds throughout the year. Most of the migratory birds are nestled around the Al Qudra lake. The wildlife however is spread across the desert, mostly centered around the lakes and the 40 hectares of land covered with shrubs and green trees. 

It has 26 identified species of reptiles, nine mammals, and 39 species of plants nestled on its lands. The Egyptian Nightjar and giant skipper butterfly are few of the rare species located in this region.

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Point of Interest for Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve
Cycle through the Dunes
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Cycle through the Dunes

An incredible 86km track is nestled in the desert of the Marmoom reserve and is an amazing place for some adventure activities. This cycling track is one of the best ways to spend some time with an adrenaline rush and your friends out in the desert region. If you do not have your own bikes, you can always look for rentals and enjoy a ride across the desert.

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Travel Back in Time
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Travel Back in Time

The cultural heritage and history of the region is so vibrant and something that tourists should definitely experience. One such way to do so is the Heritage Festival held during the spring season in the Marmoom heritage village. Learn about the Bedouin culture, witness the amazing camel races, taste the authentic flavors and admire the handicrafts as you enjoy the various traditional activities.

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Go Wildlife Watching
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Go Wildlife Watching

One of the most popular and relaxing activities to enjoy in this reserve is wildlife watching at the Al Qudra Lakes. Every year visitors find themselves enjoying the various species of birds and animals around this beautiful backdrop of lakes and desert sand. A number of observation platforms are built for visitors to watch the migratory birds, and native wildlife arpi the lakes.

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Cheer on the Camel Races
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Cheer on the Camel Races

Camel racing is an important part of the Bedouin culture and is still very lavishly enjoyed in this part of the world. When visiting during the winter season, tourists will find that many camel races take place in the racing tracks of Mormoom. Cheer for your favorite in the herd and enjoy this unique experience with your friends and family.

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Picnic by the Love Lake
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Picnic by the Love Lake

The Love Lake is an extension of the La Qudra Lakes and is an amazing instagramable location in the desert. A romantic atmosphere and mesmerizing backdrop, this place is great for both couples and families or people visiting with friends. However, a romantic picnic here is something that should not be missed if visiting with your partner.

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Retrace History at an Archeological Site
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Retrace History at an Archeological Site

One of the most amazing sites in the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve is the Saruq Al Hadid archaeological site. This place dates back to 3000 years ago and has been a site of many key finds that relate to the Iron age. The artifacts of this site are housed in the Saruq Al Hadid Archeology Museum.

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 Relax and Sleep it off at Bab Al Shams
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Relax and Sleep it off at Bab Al Shams

Bab Al Shams is a stunning luxury retreat in the desert and has become a great place to stay while exploring the region. The amazing resort has many amenities including an infinity pool, spa and weekend activities to keep its guests entertained all time. If you wish to experience the best of the Bedouin culture and want to stay in a luxury hotel, this is the place for you.

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Spot the Stars at Night
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Spot the Stars at Night

Stargazing is a peaceful and mesmerizing experience, no matter where you are. Now add to this experience the beautiful backdrop of the UAE desert and it's something you will remember for a lifetime. The crystal clear skies due to less polluted air makes the experience even better. The platinum heritage offers various options for tourists to choose from and enjoy a night of stargazing out in the desert.

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