Eco Tourism in Dubai

Eco Tourism in Dubai
The state of Dubai has made a serious effort to make eco tourism a major part of its economy. While this idea might seem interesting, it is important to note that many of the tourist packages billed as "eco tourism" are going to be a far cry from what you might expect.


Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai itself is in the northeast part of the nation, north of Oman and bordering the Persian Gulf. Most of the UAE is desert, but the Dubai region also has islands and oasis-like landscapes.

Tourism History

The UAE in general and Dubai in particular have worked hard to increase tourism to pull the economy off oil dependence. However, the main strategy has been to create luxury and a shopping paradise.

Eco Tourism Options

There are many companies who offer eco tourist hiking trips in Dubai and the surrounding areas. The Hajjar Mountains are a popular destination for backpackers who want a little adventure with their travel.

Luxury Eco Tourism?

Dubai also has what it calls luxury eco tourism. It has has come under some fire because of the high costs and heavy comforts (like air conditioning) that aren't always ecologically friendly. However, this is an option, and many of these resorts are built on protected land that otherwise wouldn't be protected.

When to Travel

The best months for outdoor activities are the late autumn to early spring, when average temperatures will have lows at 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and highs at 75 to 90 F. This is a desert climate, so hiking in the middle of the summer is never recommended.


Dubai has faced criticism because of its drug policy. Never take any illegal drugs into Dubai, and this includes poppy seeds and codeine. As little as .001 grams is enough to result in a four-year jail sentence. Know the drug laws inside and out ahead of time and never break them.

Article Written By Monty Dayton

Monty Dayton is a professional freelance writer who has worked for the ACLU, Touchstone Publishing LLC, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and many other employers. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska and loves writing about travel, the outdoors and health topics.

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