Al Maha is just a short 65km drive from Dubai along the Dubai / Al Ain Road but it’s a whole world away from the bustle of city life. Amid impressive dunes and lush date palms, Al Maha welcomes you into a private sanctuary that offers seclusion, tranquillity and exclusive luxury in equal measures. From the minute you enter the peaceful desert reserve you will feel inspired by the landscape and enriched by your desert experiences.
Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing urban areas and the local government was keen to conserve the city’s original habitat. Thus Dubai Desert Reserve was created, which covers 225 square kilometres of protected dunes.
As the only Desert Resort and Spa in the Reserve, Al Maha blends perfectly with the rolling sand dunes and its environment. Built in the style of an ancient Bedouin settlement, its 42 individually appointed guest Suites offer unsurpassed luxury and exclusive access to the Reserve. Tourist flow is strictly controlled and only guests of Al Maha have the opportunity to experience Arabian nights in the Reserve.
Conservation of the flora, fauna, culture and heritage of the Arabian Desert is at the heart of everything Al Maha does. This core value of sustainability has been acknowledged by National Geographic and Conservation International's World Legacy Award.
Take either Exit 39 or Interchange 2 off Sheikh Zayed Road. Follow the signs to Al Ain onto the E66 Highway, Approximate travel time = 50 min (63 km)
Take Exit 44 off the Emirates Road (E311) onto the Al Ain Highway (E66). Approximate travel time = 1hr 00 min (95 km)
Take Exit 42 off the Hatta Road (E77) onto the Al Ain Highway (E66). Approximate travel time = 1hr 25 min
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Route 1: Take the Exit for Dubai/Sweihan off the Abu Dhabi Airport Road. Follow signs to Dubai onto the E11.Take exit 39 onto Umm Suqeim road and follow it until it meets up with the Emirates Road (E311) at the Dubai Land Roundabout. Take the Emirates Road and follow it to exit 44. Follow the signs to Al Ain (E66)Approximate travel time = 1hr 30min (155 km)
Route 2: Take the Exit for Dubai/Sweihan off the Abu Dhabi Airport Road. Follow signs to Sweihan. At the final roundabout go through the underpass, under the Al Ain road (E66). Follow the map directions back onto the E66 towards Dubai. Approximate travel time = 1hr 30min (147 km)
Note: The D57 has no road lights and is thus not the recommended route for late night arrivals.
Dubai Desert Reserve
With the fast pace urbanisation of Dubai, the local government recognized its need to conserve Dubai's original habitat and hence created the Dubai Desert Reserve. The Al Maha Resort and Spa is the only resort in the reserve. Every effort is taken to guard that the flora and fauna as well as the culture and heritage of the Arabian Desert. The tourist flow is also controlled to ensure that the eco system in not disturbed. Sustainability forms the core of our vision and has been acknowledged by The World Legacy award by National Geographic, the Arabian Cities Awards for Architecture and the best environmental design. Only guests of Al Maha get the opportunity to experience the Arabian Nights in the Desert Reserve.
Personal Field Guide
The experienced and highly-trained Field Guides at Al Maha will help you to unlock some of the secrets of the Dubai Desert’s enigmatic landscape. They will show you the indigenous wildlife, flora and fauna, offering fascinating insights with care and safety in what can be an unpredictable and fast-changing environment.
Each Guide is assigned to a small number of guests, personally coordinating their selected desert activities, which include wildlife walks and desert drives, falconry, archery, camel-trekking or horse riding. Whether you choose to explore on foot, by four-wheel drive, on horseback or from the vantage-point of a camel, our Guides will share with you the natural and unique treasures of the desert.
The Legend of Al Maha
Did you know the meaning of the word "Al Maha" is the Arabian Oryx? Click here to know more about the magical tale.
Beyond the desert
Once you have experienced the timeless desert landscape, why not venture further a field to discover other treasures, such as:
Arts & Culture - Dubai Museum 50.0 km/31.1 miles
Corporate Offices - Burj Khalifa 65.0 km/40.4 miles
Golf - Emirates Golf Club 65.0 km/40.4 miles
Local Attractions - Camel Race Track 40.0 km/24.9 miles
- Gold Souk (Old And New) 50.0 km/31.1 miles
- Dubai World Trade Center 65.0 km/40.4 miles
Shopping - Dubai Mall 65.0 km/40.4 miles