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Last updated: 01 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicola Chilton

Splendidly set amongst the dramatic dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – 45 minutes’ drive from the city – this luxurious and intimate eco-resort was inspired by a traditional Bedouin encampment.

But you won’t be roughing it – the only things resembling tents are the canopy roofs on the free-standing suites. Temperature-controlled private plunge pools have sweeping views of the spectacular desert, and the attention to detail is impressive, with thoughtful touches like in-room binoculars for spotting oryx.

Complimentary activities range from horse riding to desert safaris and falconry, along with memorable sunset camel rides and wildlife drives to see oryx. Wake early for a private dawn nature walk with the resident conservationist; later, indulge in a romantic dinner on your deck with the desert silence as the soundtrack.

Al Maha is certified by the Green Key eco-rating programme. The resort is committed to conservation and reducing its impact on the surrounding habitat.

Surrounding area

Al Maha is set within the boundaries of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – a stunning landscape of red-tinged sand dunes populated by indigenous desert wildlife that has been reintroduced to the area.

The resort lies within a bank of dunes with wide views over the desert, where herds of oryx and gazelle can be spotted grazing.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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