Al Maha

A world away from the bustling and ever-developing city of Dubai, Al Maha offers a tranquil retreat that still retains much of its traditional Bedouin values. It is located at the heart of the gleaming Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, which was established in 2004 as an initiative to reintroduce the lush fauna that is synonymous with exotic desert oases. Since then, the desert has been brought to life, transformed by an array of diverse animal species. A large number of these were donated to the reserve by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, and are an intriguing addition to these wild plains. Al Maha is often described as "Dubai's Precious Green Jewel" due to the vivid green plants that surround it. The destination is the perfect hub to observe the rare desert dwellers as they come to graze and seek shade from the scorching sun. The sandy landscapes call for exploration, either on foot or on a sure-footed camel, enticing travelers to re-live the journeys of the ancient Bedouin people.


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Desert Drive

For an exhilarating and blood-pumping activity, travelers can opt for a desert drive in a 4X4. Racing up giant sand dunes and across vast open plains is a thrilling experience and unique way to explore the desert. It also offers the opportunity to spot the indigenous wildlife and also stop and relax in an unspoilt and natural setting.


The majestic falcon has been ingrained in Arabian culture since the 13th century BC and falconry was an art used by the local Bedouin. Visitors can witness exciting falconry displays within the vast openness of the desert and watch as they soar effortlessly through the brilliant blue sky.

Horse Riding

Al Maha offers the opportunity to ride into the setting sun, over pleated sand dunes on beautiful Arabian horses. These horses originate from this part of the world and have been used transportation purposes, even carrying the Bedouin Nomads across the deserts. They are known for their elegant movements and will glide over the desert sands with extraordinary grace.


A great way to explore the expansive desert environment is to cross its dusty surface on foot. Visitors can escape to an area of blissful solitude where the only sounds that can be heard are the warm wind and the steady footfall of four-footed creatures. Trekking within the desert is also a prime opportunity to catch glimpses of the array of different birds and animals that inhabit the reserve.

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