Al Qudra Lakes


Set within Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Qudra represents a cluster of man-made lakes in the surrounding Saih Al Salam desert and is well-suited for a day away from city life or for over-night camping. By its lakes is an 86 km cycling track that might equally appeal to ultra-distance running enthusiasts.

In addition, Al Qudra marks a place for the enjoyment of nature and captivating scenery. The lakes are home to mountain gazelles (Gazella gazella), sand gazelles (Gazella leptoceros) and Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx)  amongst other mammals. In respect to birdwatching, there have been sightings for example of kestrels (Falco tinnunculus), red-wattled lapwings (Vanellus indicus) and grey herons (Ardea cinerea) as well as a large number of other bird species.

Nature site.
Protected area.
Located in the Saih Al Salam desert and near to Bab Al Shams Resort, Al Qudra Lakes is a drive of about 55 km from the centre of Dubai on the Al Qudra Road – D63. Easily accessible without a 4x4 vehicle.
Al Qudra is accessible throughout the year.
Restaurants and cafés in the area.
Appropriate outdoors clothing and footwear. Appropriate sporting wear and sufficient water if you intend to cycle or run. Barbecue and camping equipment. Binoculars for birdwatching.
Experiencing nature and wildlife; birdwatching, camping, picnics, barbecues and sports such as cycling or ultra-distance running.
October to April.
There is no entry fee.
Contact can be made to the Dubai Municipality contact centre on 800 900 otherwise on +971 4 221 5555.