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Al Maha feels remote but it is only one hour from Dubai, lying in the Protected Dubai Conservation Reserve, a protected area that covers 5% of Dubai’s land area and hosts a variety of wildlife. 42 tents are Bedouin style but hugely stylish with super king beds, Arabian antique furniture and fabrics and large bathroom with luxury toiletries. An infinity pool overlooks the desert plain plus a gym and spa. Outside of the resort guests can take dune buggy rides in the day or camel rides at sunset, with added champagne. There’s also horseriding, archery and falconry on offer plus excellent field guides to enhance hikes out into the desert wilds to see oryx and gazelle roaming.
Uses LED lights and electric buggies
Powered by solar panels
Recycles and purifies water on premises
Native species planted to help conserve water
Turns used cooking oil into bio diesel
Training of staff to reduce energy usage
Helped return desert to its original state
Planted over 6000 trees
Does not have buffets to limit food waste
Al Maha is a leader in sustainable hospitality, with a vision to create harmony between nature, culture and people. The hotel follows these principles of sustainability:
Environmental protection: the hotel uses renewable energy sources such as solar panels; collects rainwater for irrigation; recycles waste materials such as glass bottles; grows organic fruits and vegetables in its garden; preserves the biodiversity of the desert; reduces its carbon footprint by using natural materials for construction; avoids plastic packaging; uses biodegradable cleaning products; provides reusable water bottles for guests
Social responsibility: the hotel employs local staff from Dubai; pays fair wages; provides training opportunities; sources local products such as dates, honey and camel milk; promotes local crafts such as pottery, embroidery and leatherwork; supports local projects such as schools, health centers and women’s cooperatives; respects local customs and traditions; educates guests about Arabian culture; organizes cultural events such as music festivals
The resort has four types of villas:
Bedouin Suites: These are spacious suites with a king-size bed or two single beds, a living area, a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower, and a private pool and sun deck. The suites can accommodate up to two adults and one child (under 12 years old).
Royal Suites: These are larger suites with a king-size bed or two single beds, a separate living room, a dining area, a kitchenette, a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower, and a private pool and sun deck. The suites can accommodate up to two adults and two children (under 12 years old).
Emirates Suites: These are luxurious suites with two bedrooms (one with a king-size bed and one with two single beds), two bathrooms (one with a bathtub and one with a shower), a spacious living room, a dining area, a kitchenette, and a private pool and sun deck. The suites can accommodate up to four adults and two children (under 12 years old).
Presidential Suites: These are the most exclusive suites with three bedrooms (one with a king-size bed and two with two single beds), three bathrooms (one with a bathtub and two with showers), a large living room, a dining area, a kitchenette, an office, a courtyard and a private pool and sun deck. The suites can accommodate up to six adults and four children (under 12 years old).
All villas have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD player, minibar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes and slippers.
Al Diwaan: this restaurant serves traditional Arabian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, using fresh and organic ingredients from the hotel’s garden
Al Majlis: this lounge offers drinks and snacks throughout the day, as well as live music and storytelling at night
Hajar Terrace Bar: this bar offers cocktails, juices and light bites by the pool
Al Maha welcomes families with children of all ages. The resort offers cribs, rollaway beds, high chairs and baby bath amenities upon request. The resort also has a children’s menu, board games and puzzles for entertainment. Children can enjoy spotting animals such as oryxes, gazelles and camels at the reserve or joining their parents on some of the activities. However, parents should be aware that some activities have age restrictions or require parental supervision. The resort also has family villas that can accommodate up to six adults and four children (under 12 years old).
Al Maha is located at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. The resort is easily accessible by car or taxi from Dubai. The resort offers free transfers from Dubai International Airport or any other location in Dubai for guests who book directly with them. The transfer takes about 45 minutes depending on traffic. You can also use Google Maps or other navigation apps to find the best route to the resort.
- Limits plastic use
- Actively reduces consumption
- Sustainable build
- Reforestation or restoration
- Solar powered or renewable energy
- Employs local people
- Promotes local businesses
- Funds projects
- Local or organic food
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- Up to 4
- Up to 8
- Tented camp
- Cultural visit