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Those who wish to take a break from the busy city life of Dubai can head towards the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Located about 45 Km from the city center of Dubai the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the first national park of UAE. The land has been dedicated to preserve desert fauna and flora indigenous to the area.

The mission to preserve the area began in the 1960s, and almost 30 years later in the late 1990s, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum purchased over 87 square miles of land. After assessing the land and the ecosystem of the area, the natural park was thrown open for visitors along with accommodation facilities in the form of the lavish Al Maha Desert Resort. The area was granted permanent protection in 2004 when the government took the stance to maintain a balance between the rapid development of Dubai and the need to preserve the natural surroundings of the area.

The region boasts of over 57 species of plants, 120 birds and a variety of mammals, lizards, geckos and poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. The area is separated into four zones. The first zone is open to people to travel on foot; second zone allows the intervention of humans just for infrastructure; third zone allows developments that have a low impact on the area and the fourth zone is for recreational desert excursions.

The Al Maha Desert Resort is solely responsible for the recreation and also the operations of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. It serves Halal food and ensures that visitors enjoy every moment that they spend in this wonderful area.

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UAE Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Abu Dhabi

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Dubai

GEOGRAPHY

The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or UAE, is a country situated in Southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, accounts for 87% of the UAE’s total area (67,340 square kilometres) while Ajman, the smallest emirate, covers an area of only 259 square kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 5.4 million. Muslims account for about 76% of the entire population.

CLIMATE

Tropical and warm. On the coastal plain average maximum temperatures reach above 48 °C (118.4 °F) during July and August. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C (50 and 57.2 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic and English are two commonly spoken languages in the UAE.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 3 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM
(Sunday to Thursday are the working days of the week. Friday & Saturday are considered as weekends)

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: December 2nd
New Year's Day: January 1st

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calendar):
Milad-un-Nabi
Islamc New Year
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

UAE Dirham

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 999
Tourist Security: 800-4888
Medical: 998
Fire: 997

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