Establishing a luxurious resort and nature reserve in the barren Arabian desert is the challenge which Dubai has successfully met. The local government recognized its need to conserve Dubai's original habitat and created the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The Al Maha Resort and Spa is the only resort in the reserve offering secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and the Hajar Mountain massif. Located on a remote 86 square mile site, only 45 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport, this secluded sanctuary has put the Emirate at the forefront of conservation. The design of Al Maha, externally resembles a Bedouin encampment, internally it features elegant furnishings and original artworks. A calming and sophisticated ambient which combines the best of nature with the best of man-made creature comforts. 42 luxury tended suites, with one, two or three bedrooms, some with private pool and terrace, offer a unique relaxing experience in total comfort. Many activities are available to experience the Bedouin way of life and showcase the uniqueness of the destination. They vary from Archery, nature walks, Ghaf tree walk, desert drives, wildlife safaris, falconry, horse riding, camel trekking and sundowners on the dunes. The Timeless Spa, a fitness centre and the outdoor pool complete the offer for a pleasant stay. Al Diwaan is the sophisticated Al Maha’s restaurant which offers international and indigenous delicacies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.