Dubai is globally known for its skyline filled with towering skyscrapers, luxurious shopping malls, and extravagant entertainment options. However, nestled within this modern city lies the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, offering a stark contrast to Dubai’s bustling urban life.
Spanning over 40 hectares, this reserve is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. With its diverse ecosystem, including sand dunes, desert wildlife, and rare plant species, visitors can immerse themselves in the raw beauty of the desert landscape while engaging in activities.
The Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is open to the public. It is not only a sanctuary for nature but also a hub for sustainable energy. It hosts the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park, the largest green energy project in the region, showcasing Dubai’s commitment to environmental protection.
The reserve is home to an array of local wildlife. It has one of the largest populations of Arabian oryx in Dubai and the UAE’s largest flamingo congregation. This desert refuge boasts over 40 hectares of shrubs and fertile land, providing habitat to more than 158 species of migratory birds, 204 species of local birds, and several other threatened species. It also features over 10 square kilometers of pristine lakes, including the picturesque Al Qudra Lakes.
In Al Marmoom’s diverse environments, reptile enthusiasts can also find a wide variety of species. Furthermore, within the reserve lies the historic Saruq Al Hadid archaeological site, dating back 3,000 years to the Iron Age. This archaeological treasure is not only one of the country’s oldest sites but also a renowned cultural and historical attraction.
For a truly immersive experience, consider booking the Al Marmoom Bedouin Experience. The tour offers a captivating journey through the reserve. It also provides insights into the traditional tribes’ way of life in the area. OceanAir Travels’ luxury vacation package allows you to explore the emirate’s history and desert secrets. Enjoy camel rides over the dunes, witness thrilling falcon shows, savor delicious local cuisine, and delve into intriguing stories and tales from the past.
Accessing the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is convenient, primarily by car. Alternatively, visitors can opt for bus route 104. The transportation stops at Seh As Shuyeb, followed by a short cab ride to the mesmerizing desert lakes. The Al Marmoom Bedouin Experience promises a fun and distinctive way to relish the area. The tour is completed with Bedouin-style camel caravans, falconry displays, local culinary delights, and captivating historical narratives.
At the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, the list of activities is endless. Visitors can explore 40 hectares of natural flora and fauna or enjoy a relaxing picnic at Al Qudra Lakes and Love Lake Dubai. Thrill-seekers can traverse the Al Qudra Cycling Track, meandering past pristine sand dunes, or embark on a Bedouin-style camping expedition for a truly authentic desert experience.