Rise above the desert with a hot air balloon adventure
Float 4,000ft above the Arabian sands on a hot air balloon tour with Balloon Adventures Dubai. As the longest operating hot air balloon company in the city, with a staff of world-class pilots that have logged more than 60 years of flying experience, you'll be in safe hands as you glide above the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The adventure starts at sunrise, followed by a serene hour-long flight that is worth the early wake-up.
Experience the natural and cultural heritage of the desert
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is one of the largest areas to be declared as a protected nature reserve by the government in the UAE. Covering 225 square kilometres, it takes up approximately five per cent of the total land in Dubai and is fenced off to shield the flora and fauna that naturally inhabit the area.
Relax on a hammock surrounded by the serene desert at Sonara Camp. Dine at the unique desert restaurant with an elaborate and delicious fine-dining menu, sided by live entertainment and ambient lighting. French chef Franck Sanna's carefully curated menu makes every dish a palatable experience with regional and western blends. Bestsellers include beef tacos, chicken shawarma, fusion lamb asador, black truffle and mushrooms risotto, and the mouthwatering dulce de leche pie.
Relax and unwind at a luxury desert resort and spa
Designed to evoke Dubai’s Bedouin heritage, Al Maha transports guests to another world. With stunning panoramic views and five-star amenities, the resort and spa blends the serenity of the desert with all the modern luxuries you could dream of. Al Maha, a Luxury Collection hotel, reveals a different side of the city to visitors through a number of experiences, such as dining among the dunes, gazing at the stars, camel trekking and catching a glimpse of an Arabian oryx or desert gazelle.