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The legend of Al Maha is the story of a shifting oasis in the desert dunes of Arabia. Leafy palms and a continually flowing spring once served as respite in the unforgiving heat of the desert, until a man built a camp around it for his own selfish purposes. The desert eventually destroyed his camp and buried the spring as punishment for his deeds. The oasis remained hidden for years, until a man and his brothers rediscovered the spring, and declared that they would never use it for their own personal gain at the expense of others.
This tale is the one offered by the Al Maha resort outside of Dubai as its own origin story. The encampment, offering fine desert luxury in the United Arab Emirates, happens to be situated in the middle of a large desert conservation reserve, attempting to blend in harmony with its surroundings even as it rises above the dunes. As such, it makes for a thrilling escape into the wilderness as well as a calming oasis away from cosmopolitan Dubai.
Protector and provider
According to the Al Maha resort, it is situated atop an underground reservoir, which the resort and the reserve area serve to protect. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve was formed by the Al Maha Desert Resort and is managed by conservation officers from the Government of Dubai, which seem to have been increasingly intelligent moves, given the rapid expansion of the nearby city of Dubai. Residents at the Al Maha will in effect be contributing to the protection of the land, with some of the room rates going toward local conservation projects.
All of this focus on ecological preservation may imply a meager sort of accommodation, but Al Maha is like much of Dubai in its celebration of luxury. Visitors stay in modernized Bedouin complete with handcrafted furnishings, king-size baths and even a private, temperature-controlled swimming pool to complement the private deck. There is also a spa that features private massages, aromatherapy, saunas, steam rooms and pools.
Into the desert
Al Maha's location inside its own reserve means that guests also have the opportunity to explore their surroundings. Desert activities take on an exotic flair. Apart from the expected wildlife drives and desert safaris in four-wheel drive vehicles, guests can try their hand at camel trekking, horseback riding and even falconry - the very art that supposedly discovered that ancient oasis. In another nod to the surrounding Bedouin and Middle Eastern culture, field guides will even provide lessons in archery.
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