Murqquab grants access to the 225-square-kilometre arid expanse of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, defined by its rolling dunes, golden deserts and unique wildlife. There’s a host of outdoor adventures on offer, from 4WD safaris and camel trekking to desert stargazing and falconry displays.
Things to do
The Emirati art of falconry dates back to the 13th century. Today, the Al Maha Desert Resort offers unique falconry displays that get visitors up close with the majestic birds of prey. At the end of the show you'll be offered a unique chance to handle the birds.
Wildlife safaris are a fantastic way to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Based in Murqquab, Platinum Heritage is one of Dubai's leading tour operators. From 4WD trips in vintage Land Rovers to camel trekking, you can choose your own adventure. Keep an eye out for wildcats, sand foxes, gazelles and elusive Arabian oryx.
Murqquab is also a fantastic place to experience Emirati culture, where you can spend the night at a traditional Bedouin camp in the heart of the desert. Cultural performances are on offer, along with sumptuous dinners followed by Arabic coffee and shisha pipes.
Thanks to its isolated desert location and lack of light pollution, Murqquab is a fantastic place to stargaze. Guided tours are an incredible way to discover the dazzling blanket of stars.
Taxis are the best way to get around Murqquab. By car, the desert town is around 40 minutes from Dubai and one hour from Al Ain. If you want to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, it's best to sign up for a guided tour.