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Al Maha, which is the Arabic name for Oryx, has always had a commitment to protecting local wildlife. In 1999, when the resort was established, the surrounding 27 square kilometres of desert land were set aside to help protect the various animals that are indigenous to the area. At this time, 70 endangered Arabian Oryx were released onto the land and some 6,000 native trees and shrubs were planted. The Oryx is the most visible sign of the reserve's success, as this swift and beautiful creature, which was hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1960s, has since made a comeback, thanks to the reserve. In 2002, Al Maha proposed the formation of a national park in the area, an idea that would be realized the following year.
In 2003, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, 225 square kilometres, or 4.7% of Dubai's total land mass, was created. The following year, the first wildlife was released into the reserve, including Oryx, Sand Gazelles, Rueppell's Foxes, hares, the Ethiopian Hedgehog, and much more.
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is a success story among wildlife reserves, with thousands of species thriving there. Al Maha's proximity to this reserve make staying there a truly special experience that combines the thrill of a safari adventure with the pristine relaxation of a luxurious spa stay.
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If you're looking for a little excitement with your relaxation, the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, the only all-suite desert resort in the UAE, should be your destination of choice. Where else can you lounge by a fantastic pool in the middle of a desert nature reserve, enjoy a five-star lunch along with sumptuous spa treatments, and maybe even catch a glimpse of an Oryx? With this Lime&Tonic experience, you can enjoy all the perks of this unique resort for a full day with no strings attached.
Just an hour drive from the centre of Dubai, the Al Maha Desert Resort offers a truly unique spa experience. When you catch your first glimpse of the resort's modern safari-style suites rising from the dunes, you'll know your day is going to be truly special. Once you get settled in, choose your place by the pool and then swim a few laps, or just relax and unwind. Then you can explore the spa facilities, where fantastic exercise equipment and numerous treatments are available, including signature massages, facials, mineral wraps, mud baths, and aromatherapy. Use your complimentary gift card, worth 100 AED, to experience what the spa centre has to offer, or take a peek in the gallery shop, which has a remarkable selection of paintings and original artifacts, so you can purchase a memento of your fantastic desert resort experience. By then it will be time for lunch, which the cordial staff at this eco-friendly resort will serve with a smile. Enjoy some fantastic, five-star organic cuisine from the luxurious Diwan Restaurant, along with the soft drink of your choice, and coffee or tea.
What you do next is up to you, and trust us, there are plenty of choices! The resort is situated in a protected haven for birds and other desert animals, along with more than 6,000 indigenous trees and plants. So be on the lookout for free-roaming herds of endangered Oryx and other desert wildlife. Or just stay poolside, enjoying the enchanting visions of your daydreams as you relax the afternoon away.