Did you Know?
  • Feeding on shrubs, the Spiny-tailed Lizard never drinks water and is capable of changing colour with body temperature, turning from black to white or yellow as the lizard warms up

Sponsors & Associations

the air and on the ground, the Emirates Group is committed to acting sustainably in the interests of our customers, our business, the natural environment and the over 106 destinations we serve worldwide. Our commitment to the environment began well before it was fashionable, when we created the conservation area around the Al Maha Resort in 1999, and we went on to initiate the creation of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in 2003, preserving Dubai's unique desert environment for future generations. Emirates has continued to support this imitative through the management and on-going sponsorship of this unique protected area.


IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which helps the world find pragmatic solutions to the most pressing environment and development challenges.

UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, which provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas is the first global standard of best practice for area-based conservation. It is a programme of certification for protected and conserved areas that are effectively managed and fairly governed. The DDCR is a Candidate Site for the IUCN Green List.

The DDCR has forged a partnership with Malaga University, Spain; Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague), Loughborough University and University of Coimbra and Zayed University, UAE to utilize their specific field of research expertise to advance our the mutual interest in the fields of research, training and development and dissemination of knowledge while recognizing the importance of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve’s role in promoting research collaboration and increased contribution to the research development of the UAE.