Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai - Al Ain Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: +971 4 832 9900  

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Morning Desert Activities

Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Falconry

The art of falconry dates back to the 13th Century BC. In the desert regions of Arabia, falconry served as a means of supplementing the Bedu’s diet. Today the art of falconry has become more sophisticated with the use of four-wheel drive vehicles and tracking equipment but this traditional sport still forms a vital link between the Arab and the desert. Falconry displays take place during the cooler parts of the day due to the sensitivity of these animals. Different species of falcons are “flown to the lure” in a display which demonstrates both the falcon and the falconers abilities. The falcons may be handled by guests, under the supervision of one of the field guides, during and after the display.

Duration: +- 1 hour

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Horse Riding

Arabian horses have been part of the Arabs history for as long back as one can imagine. These horses have been used for transport when crossing deserts and even when fighting wars. Today the Arabian horse has found its way around the globe; fetching high prices as quality stock are bred for different forms of racing. Guided horse rides are generally conducted in the morning or afternoons when it is coolest.

Al Maha has a selection of Arab and Thoroughbred horses, which unfortunately are recommended to experienced riders only and maximum weight limit is 85kg.

Duration: +- 1 hour


Nature Walk in the Arabian Desert

For the energetic, please feel free to request a guided walk through parts of the reserve. One can have the opportunity here of experiencing the desert environment in its entirety. Binoculars will prove useful for the purpose of bird and animal viewing and are available in the suites.

Duration: +- 1 hour

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Dune Drive

Not for the feint hearted. Enjoy an adrenaline rush as your field guide takes you on an exhilarating 4x4 drive in the big sand dunes outside the resort.

Duration: +- 1.5 hour