Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve opens new visitor center

Immersive experiences for visitors to the United Arab Emirates’ first national park.

Visitors to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) Now you can enjoy an immersive introduction to the UAE’s native flora and fauna, learn about the Reserve, its work to conserve this beautiful but fragile ecosystem and more, at the new Visitor Center opening today in time for World Wildlife Day. animals.

Ali Mubarak Al SooriEmirates Group Executive Vice President – ​​Facilities, Project Management and Group Procurement and Supply Chain, said:

“We are pleased to enhance the DDCR visitor experience and help promote awareness of habitat conservation and the Reserve’s achievements. With the busy winter season approaching, we look forward to welcoming guests to the visitor center and fostering an appreciation for Dubai’s wildlife and nature.”

The DDCR Visitor Center features carefully curated content from the Reserve’s conservation experts in 5 distinct areas:

  • He reception hall is a welcoming open space that welcomes visitors to the centre, where a massive wall and stretch ceiling photograph highlight the Arabian Oryx in its natural habitat. An interactive kiosk allows visitors to explore a map of the Reserve and discover where elusive wildlife such as the Arabian fox has been spotted.
  • He cultural hall showcases the key milestones of the DDCR from its establishment in 1999 as a pioneer of protected areas in the UAE, to its current position as a successful model for habitat conservation, managed tourism and scientific education and research. Cultural elements closely linked to the UAE’s desert heritage, such as falconry, date cultivation and camel husbandry, are also presented as part of the DDCR’s history in this room.
  • He AV room It is a “mini cinema” where visitors can watch a beautifully produced short film to get an overview of the Reserve.
  • Dispelling the misconception that deserts are sterile, the habitat room presents the diverse native flora and fauna of the Reserve, through realistic 3D printed models, holographic displays, interactive kiosks and push-button devices that play the melodies of the various bird species found within the DDCR. Real-life specimens are also on display for nature enthusiasts.
  • Offering a whole new perspective on nightlife in Dubai, a dome-shaped exhibition using cutting-edge technology in the night lounge provides an immersive sampling of the nocturnal wildlife inhabitants of the DDCR.

To allow visitors to explore the exhibits for themselves, life-size replicas of the Arabian Hare placed throughout the Center provide pre-recorded audio explanations and Oryx’s hoof prints in the ground guide visitors on their journey of one room to the next. After wandering the halls, visitors can try their hand at real wildlife viewing or simply enjoy magnificent views of the open desert from an elevated viewing platform.

Initially, the DDCR Visitor Center will focus on school groups and visitors arriving as part of safari experiences booked through one of the reserve’s approved tour operators: Arabian Adventures, Sand Sherpa, Travco, 57 Heritage, Nara Desert Escapes and Platinum Heritage.

Walk-ins can also enjoy the exhibits at the center for a nominal entrance fee of 35 dirhams for adults and 25 dirhams for children.

Video Tour of the DDCR Visitor Center

News source: Emirates

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