See Dubai’s impressive skyline through your rear-view mirror, as you take a quick drive to Al Qudra Lakes – a series of artificial lakes set in Dubai’s desert. Situated in the vast Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, you’ll be amazed by how easily you can reach this desert oasis from the busy city. Visitors can also take advantage of a drive to Love Lake Dubai in the vicinity, a popular spot which consists of two large, inter-connected heart-shaped lakes, and enjoy waterfront views of the beautiful desert sunset.
Foodies can enjoy a feast at the nearby food trucks, or pack a picnic to enjoy an hour or two in the great outdoors. Among the series of lakes at Al Qudra, you can also take a leisurely ride around Al Qudra Cycling Track.
You can visit Al Qudra Lakes all year round, but the most comfortable temperatures will be during the winter season, from October to March. Early in the morning is the best time to experience the lakes with fewer people around, but as long as you’re comfortable with the temperature you can visit at any time of day – be aware it can get quite cool when it’s dark during the winter. Early evening is also a popular time to visit Al Qudra Lakes, to enjoy the stunning sunset over Dubai’s skyline.
Al Qudra Lakes are ideal for spotting native Dubai animals in their natural habitat, from desert foxes to the oryx, or one of 170 bird species living around the lakes. Just a few of the species include swans, geese, ducks, flamingos and more. Some of these native birds are even on the endangered list, such as the steppe eagle and the Asian houbara.
You’ll see the most wildlife during the cooler months, although animals also visit the lakes throughout the year. Dawn is the very best time for wildlife-spotting at Al Qudra Lakes, when the area is at its quietest and coolest, no matter what the season.