13 amazing green getaways

3) Visit a desert oasis in Dubai

Green Getaway: desert oasis in Dubai

Dubai—with its lust for expansion and wealth—doesn’t exactly conjure up images of ecotourism. However, just outside the city lies the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the United Arab Emirates’ first national park. Wildlife in this pristine oasis is protected from development. Al Maha, a luxury eco-resort inside the park, overlooks an animal sanctuary that’s home to one of the rarest animals on the planet—the Arabian oryx.

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