Over the past few years, Al Qudra Lake has become the most popular weekend spot for residents in Dubai. Whenever a long-weekend approaches, you wcan find many residents pack up their barbequing gear and head over to this desert oasis; after all, it is considered to be the best BBQ spots in Dubai. But if you are someone who is not a fan of barbequing and campfires, here is a list of five things to do at Al Qudra that are perfect if you just want to visit and see what the place is like.
5 Fun Things to do at Al Qudra lake
Al Qudra Lake is a man-made desert oasis that was built to promote eco-tourism in the city. It comprises of multiple artificial lakes, surrounded by sand dunes and fauna. The attraction gained popularity in 2015 for its seclusion from the bright city lights and authentic desert vibe. Its growing popularity quickly made it a favourite camping spot for many residents in the city. But since its growth in popularity, this desert oasis has expanded to become much more than just a camping spot. There is now a range of activities that offers visitors the chance to explore the area without having to camp or barbeque. So if you have a day to spare, here are some of the activities at Al Qudra that you can take part in while the weather is still pleasant.
1. SHARE SOME LOVE AT THE AL QUDRA LOVE LAKE DUBAI
Visiting the Love Lake has to be the first item on our list of things to do at Al Qudra because of its sheer beauty and remarkable layout. It consists of two lakes carved out in the shape of two intertwined hearts and fauna that spells out the word “Love” – it is, in fact, it is so large that you can see it from Google Earth! It was even voted as one of the top romantic places in Dubai! The Love Lake in Al Qudra is filled with heart motifs and signage that show the best selfie points which is ideal if you are on the lookout for an Insta-worthy shot. There is also a dedicated running tack around the Al Qudra Love Lake. This heart-shaped lake in Dubai also comes fully equipped with shaded areas with fire pits and facilities such as washrooms. And if that isn’t enough, visiting this place is completly free of charge making it one of the best places for an affordable date night ideas
- Love Lake Dubai Location: Approximalty 10 minutes away from the Al Qudra Lake and can be can be located on maps by searching “Love Lake Dubai”
- Love Lake Dubai Timings: 24-hours
2. ADMIRE THE WILDLIFE
There are over 170 bird species and animals at Al Qudra Desert who call the lake home. Although this is a man-made attraction, the series of lakes at Al Qudra and fauna present there act as a natural habitat for the animals. If you are an avid bird-watcher, Al Qudra is the ideal place to spot black swans, ducks, flamingos and if you’re lucky, the endangered Steppe Eagle or Asian Houbara. The animals, however, are a bit more are more elusive, but if you are lucky you’ll be able to spot some gazelles, foxes and rabbits. Just keep in mind, feeding the animals is prohibited and can call for a fine, so avoid doing so.
3. CATCH THE SUNSET OVER THE DESERT OASIS
Since this area is located away from the high-rise building and busy roads, one of the best at this lake is catch the uninterrupted and spectacular views of the gradient orange sky, as the sun sets over the dunes. If you’re a photographer you get a chance to capture some amazing shots. As for all of you who just love admiring the beauty of nature, make sure to gather some picnic chairs, music and snacks and enjoy the relaxing views the area has to offer.
4. GET ACTIVE WITH A BIT OF CYCLING
Thanks to the huge 86km path present at the location, cycling is one of the most popular things to do at Al Qudra. The cycling track here is known to be one of the best cycling trails in Dubai and is the perfect place to head to if you are looking for a way to get fit in an outdoor setting. Over here you’ll be able to find a mix of both leisure and professional cyclists riding through the sand dunes of the desert.
There are two starting points from which you can start your ride – the first being from the Al Qudra Cycling Car Park located near the villas for sale in Mira Oasis and the other being the Teck Bicycle Store at Seih Al Salam. Both these spots have dedicated parking spaces for cars and eateries located close by. However, those looking for rental bikes or cycle workshops should head to the Teck Bicycle Store – they have a variety of rental bikes and cycling equipment, along with restrooms and shower facilities.
- Track Timings: Open 24 hours and free for all
- Teck Bicycle Store Al Qudra Store Timing: 6 am – 10 pm (+971 4 832 7377)
5. GRAB A BITE TO EAT AT AL QUDRA’S LAST EXIT
A long day of exploring all the new activities at Al Qudra will surely build up an appetite. So if you need a quick pick me up, just head on over to the last exit at Al Qudra. Located at the entrance of Al Qudra and known to be one of the best areas to find food trucks in Dubai, this spot has a range of dining options to satisfy any sort of craving. There are also washrooms here, so if you are looking for a place to freshen up, you can do so.
- Location: Edge of the Saih Al Salam Desert at the end of Al Qudra Road.
- Timing: Open daily from 10 am to 12 am
GETTING THERE: AL QUDRA LAKE LOCATION
Al Qudra is located right on along the Al Qudra Road (D63), which can be easily accessed via Dubai Ail Ain Road or Emirates Road, depending on which way you are coming from. The area is quite easy to find, each of the attractions al Al Qudra has clear markers on Google Maps which make it easy to find. But do keep in mind, there will be a bit of driving off-road involved so make sure to take a 4-wheel drive to be on the safe side.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE VISITING AL QUDRA
- Al Qudra is a desert location, it is advised to take a 4-wheel drive if you plan to drive deep into the area. If your visit is limited to the entrance and the cycling area, sedan cars can easily pass through.
- Except for Love Lake, the lake doesn’t have facilities such as restaurants, showers or restrooms located around the desert area, so its best to come prepared beforehand.
- Avoid littering. There are a lot of species of animals that call Al Qudra home and disposing of waste incorrectly can cause them harm. So make sure to carry garbage bags to dispose of any waste.
- Dress comfortably and if you plan to visit in the evenings make sure to carry enough warm clothes as it can get quite chilly.
- Barbequing and lighting a campfire on the dessert is strictly prohibited as it can post a threat to the wildlife present there. If you want to have a campfire or barbeque at Al Qudra make sure to do it on a barbeque grill or a pot and not the sand.
Where is al qudra lake located?
Al Qudra Lake is located on the outskits of Dubai, along the Al Qudra Road (D63). Just type in Al Qudra Lake Dubai into Google Maps and it will take you right to it.
What is the al qudra lake visiting time?
The lake doesn’t have set timings. It is open to the public throughout the day on all days of the week.
Is a 4-wheel drive necessary at Al Qudra?
If you plan to drive off-road, into the desert a 4-wheel drive is necessary.
This desert oasis is definitely a must visit place if you are someone who loves the outdoors. Even though there are camping and barbequing restrictions, there are so many other things to do at Al Qudra for visitors to enjoy. So while the weather is still pleasant head on over there with friends or family, and enjoy a fun day at Dubai’s most iconic dessert attraction.
Which of the above-mentioned activities did you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments below. And if you are looking for some new places to explore in the city, why not check out the newly opened Bluewaters Island or The Pointe.