Ever taken a drive up to Al Qudra Lakes?

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What to Expect in Dubai’s Natural Desert Oasis

Dubai, known for its towering skyscrapers and modern architecture, may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of serene natural settings. However, within the vast desert landscape, Al Qudra Lakes stands as a lush oasis that captivates the hearts of both residents and visitors. As the cooler months are upon us, and the wanderlust within those in Dubai and wider UAE is awakened to experience more of the local outdoor scene, it’s no wonder why Al Qudra Lakes has become a beloved haven among Dubai’s residents, given the breathtaking natural wonders it offers.

A tranquil escape away from the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Dubai, there is no discounting the fact that Al Qudra Lakes offers a tranquil escape from the urban pace, unveiling a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature, measuring over 10 square kilometers in area. Its popularity among Dubai residents can be attributed to several key factors, including its lush green landscape, which starkly contrasts with the surrounding desert, and of course, the perfectly Instagrammable Love Lakes, a pair of stunning, heart-shaped, interlocked lakes for visitors to enjoy.

Home to a multitude of native and exotic plants and trees dotted across 40 hectares, all of which thrive thanks to a sophisticated irrigation system, Al Qudra Lakes appear in the largest unfenced nature reserve in the UAE, the Al Marmoon Desert Conservation Reserve, which has long been open to the public so they too can connect with the commendable sustainability-focused initiatives in-situ, including the region’s largest renewable energy project.

Over the years, residents have come to appreciate this location as a popular local destination in a city that stands erect from the desert’s undulating, golden-brown dunes. Verdant lawns, swaying palms, and colourful flowerbeds create a serene atmosphere, forming a perfect backdrop for picnics, leisurely walks, and outdoor yoga sessions for those willing to journey to the city’s outskirts for a little breather.

The series of pristine lakes also make it an excellent site for birdwatching and photography, attracting a variety of bird species, including migratory birds, which create a haven for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers. One shouldn’t be surprised to site Arabian oryx, and gazelles or see a large flamboyance of flamingos as they enjoy over 40 hectares of shrub and fertile land, also marvelling at the calming sound of gently rippling waters, which undoubtedly add to the park’s serene ambiance.

Not just for nature lovers, but also for the athletically inclined

We imagine if you’ve had the opportunity to drive up to as far as Al Qudra Road will take you, you would have noticed thatAl Qudra Park also caters to active residents and outdoor enthusiasts. Boasting an extensive network of cycling and equestrian tracks that wind through the park and extend into the surrounding desert, cyclists can explore the scenic beauty while equestrians can enjoy horseback riding in a unique desert setting. For horse riding, your best bet would be to make a pitstop at the family-owned Head to Al Jiyad Stables, also located within the confines of the Al Marmoom Conservation Area. Here, the Marzooqi family has created a haven for equestrians, whether beginning or experienced, to share their passion for horse riding and endurance training.

A relaxed, no-frills day out in the desert

Dubai is that one Middle Eastern mecca that will not leave you wanting for things to do. From luxuriating at the finest in hospitality establishments, indulging in extravagant brunches to sunbathing at opulent beach clubs, getting a dose of adrenaline by revving your engine at an auto drome or going skydiving over the city, the list of things to do is quite literally unending. But sometimes, especially when the blistering hot temperatures subside, few activities rival soaking up the contrasting beauty of the desert landscape under the blue clear skies. Al Qudra Lakes treats you to panoramic views of the surrounding desert dunes dotted with bodies of water about the area.

With the landscape equipped with family-friendly amenities such as barbecue areas, playgrounds, and picnic spots, Al Qudra Lakes is a popular choice for families seeking a peaceful day out in nature while enjoying recreational activities and a picnic feast. As the city’s residents seek a balance between urban living and the tranquillity of nature, Al Qudra has undoubtedly earned its place as a beloved outdoor destination where the beauty of the desert meets the serenity of an oasis.



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