If you're in search of an escape from the modern feel of Dubai city, then Al Qudra Lakes is the place to head to. This desert oasis is a 30-minute drive from the city and is one of the most popular natural landmarks of Dubai. The Al Qudra Lakes is a series of lakes set in the Al Qudra Desert, and it is one place that you will get a real feel of the desert that once stretched over the whole city.
You can see desert foxes and oryx in their natural habitat here, as well as over 170 species of birds. Some birds are even native to the UAE and are on the endangered species list, such as the Steppe Eagle and the Asian Houbara. You will also come across several food trucks that offer different cuisines and snacks, or you can opt for a traditional Arab meal at Bab Al Shams resort.