The man-made lakes at Al Qudra offer a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Dubai city. Located in the desert they are popular with picnicking locals, dog walkers, and birdwatchers.
The lakes are home to more than several hundred bird species. Migratory birds can also be seen here.
Some of the lakes have bird observation towers. These are also great for viewing the sunrise and sunset. The area is also popular with stargazers as it has minimal light pollution.
Al Qudra Lakes are part of Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve, a conservation area in Dubai’s Saih Al Salam Desert.
Love Lakes is the latest addition. It opened in 2018 and consists of two overlapping heart-shaped lakes. A jogging track runs around the perimeter. There are also plenty of shaded areas, benches, and sculptures. Trees planted next to the lake spell out the word ‘Love’ when viewed from above.
BBQs are permitted provided a proper cooker/stand is used. Those lighting fires directly on the sand are liable to be fined. Drums are provided for charcoal waste.
Al Qudra Lakes are located in the desert, around 10 miles east of Al Maktoum International Airport. It is at the end of the D63 Al Qudra Road (starts at Arabian Ranches). No buses go near the lakes.
The only practical way to get to Al Qudra Lakes is by car. A 4×4 is recommended given the condition of many of the roads and tracks in this remote location. Given the lack of street lighting, those not familiar with the location should leave before darkness sets in.
There is no entry fee to visit Al Qudra Lakes. Facilities at the lakes are few and far between. The area gets busy if it is a public holiday in Dubai.
The Last Exit Al Qudra is nearby. This food truck park offers a number of dining options. There’s also a mosque, grocery store, restaurant, and petrol station here. Trek Bicycle Store is here too. Bikes can be rented for Al Qudra Cycle Track, a 50 km loop around the desert.
Map showing location of Al Qudra Lakes.
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Al Qudra Lakes
United Arab Emirates
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