Al Marmoom Desert – the Hot Seat of Desert Tourism

Arabian Oryx

Al Marmoom Desert in Dubai has become one of the most preferred tourist destinations by the locals, the expat community and the tourists. One of the major reasons why people visit this place is because they will get a first-hand experience of the ways and life of the nomadic tribes who wandered through the desert in caravans.

Why bian stands out is because it is one of the largest reserves in Dubai. The Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve takes up almost 10% of the total area of Dubai. The reserve is abundant with wildlife, including many endangered species and the Arabian Oryx. The Al Marmoom Desert Reserve is also open to the public. There are also around 10 kilometres of lakes in this reserve, making it ideal for sustaining life.

Well, if you have planned to visit the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve, there are a few things that you need to do at the place, in order to have a memorable experience. Let us check them out:

1. Watch the Camel Race

Camel Race

Nothing would be as exciting as watching the camels battle against each other for the first place. One of the most exciting and important things to do at the Al Marmoom Desert is a visit to the Dubai Camel Race Track. The track is based at the Dubai Camel Race Club and located near to the Al Marmoom Heritage Village. You can watch the race from the grandstand and watch in awe as the 60 camels race against each other and run at a speed over 40kmph. The owners of the camels will follow them in four-wheel drives and shout words of encouragement. If you drop in a little early, you would get the chance to pet the animals and take a picture with them.

Timing: 07:00 am to 09:00 am

2. Bike Trekking

Al Qudra Lake Dubai

How about riding a bike along the stretch of track at the Al Qudra Lake, which is one of the most important lakes in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. The Al Qudra cycling track is popular with professional cyclists and amateurs alike. This cycling track stretches 86 kilometres and you can enjoy the beauty of the desert thanks to a 50-kilometre long loop from Seih Al Salam. If you feel like going even further, you can try the 20-kilometre extension which is known as ‘The Stick’. You can also watch the sunrise and sunset or even a family of Oryx if you are lucky. There are also many shades and restrooms along the way so that you can stay fresh and energetic. If you do not have your own bike, you can rent one from the Trek Bicycle Store. 

Best time to visit: 08:00 am to 09:00 am (Sunrise) and 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm (Sunset)

3. Watch the Wildlife

While trekking on a bike or picnicking in the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve, you may get the chance to see some of the wildlife in the reserve. This place is home to different species of birds, including some endangered species. The Al Marmoom Desert is where you can also find the Arabian Oryx, another endangered species, thanks to the attempts by the UAE government to breed and repopulate them. An important thing to note is that you should keep your distance from the animals once you spot them. Keep them undisturbed in their natural environment. The local bird species can be observed from the Nest, a bird observation tower.

4. Stargazing

Nothing is as awe-inspiring than gazing up at the clear night sky, drinking in the beauty of millions of stars lighting it up. With Al Marmoom Desert holding so much cultural and historical significance, there would be no other thing that can possibly match the excitement one gets by stargazing at this place. If you are in for an adventure, you can know more about identifying time and finding your way in the desert by looking at the patterns of the stars. You can also set up an overnight camp for experiencing star gazing in its truest sense.

5. Experience the Life of Bedouins

Bedouins Dubai

The Bedouins is a tribe that lived and survived in the desert. They used caravans for travelling through the desert. You can also avail a camel caravan ride in the Al Marmoom Desert. During this ride, you can come to know in detail how the nomadic Bedouin tribe survived the desert. During this caravan ride, you can also experience the traditional majilis, falconry and visiting a Bedouin village near an oasis. There are different packages available for the caravan ride. The prices depend on the types of activities and the number of activities you wish to try. One of the packages available is provided by Platinum Heritage. The offer named “Al Marmoom Desert Experience” includes everything that you wish to experience, even original Bedouin dishes which provides you with a lasting experience. The cost of the package is AED 495 for adults.

These activities mentioned above are the most important things to experience and do while visiting the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve.