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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) Tours

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The first national park in the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) offers visitors a stunning landscape of sand dunes and desert fauna. Once a huge camel farm, the land it occupies was bought by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1993, who, inspired by the national parks of South Africa, decided that Dubai needed its own reserve. The reserve is a must-visit for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, with its rolling dunes setting the scene for thrill-seekers to experience fat-bike riding, off-roading, camel trekking, sandboarding, and falcon demonstrations.

The Basics
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers one of the the UAE’s best opportunities for viewing native wildlife and experiencing the adventure possibilities of the inland desert. Options are plentiful, including morning dune drives, hot air balloon flights over the Arabian desert, private desert safaris, and outdoor dinners in a Bedouin-inspired camp. To visit, you must book a guided tour with round-trip transportation from an approved operator—both half-day and full-day tours are available.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Guided tours from Dubai last anywhere from two to seven hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the reserve offers very little shade.
  • Drink plenty of water—it’s easy to get dehydrated in this arid environment.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, particularly if you’re participating in adventure activities.

How to Get There
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is situated about 37 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Dubai, a journey of about 45 minutes by road. 

When to Get There
For the best weather—temperatures around 80°F (27­°C)—visit the Dubai Desert (or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates for that matter) between November and March. Occasional rain showers occur from January to March, but they rarely last for long. Those who opt for a summer visit should expect highs well over 80°F (38­°C).

Flora and Fauna of the Desert Reserve
While it may not look like it at first glance, the desert is teeming with life. Among the many critters that call the dunes home are the sand cat, Gordon’s wildcat, Arabian red fox, sand fox, gazelle, Arabian hare, hedgehog, and the pygmy shrew. Even the plants are colorful and diverse, with several species of trees, flowering shrubs, herbs, and grasses. The true success story of the national park is that of the Arabian oryx, a species of antelope. Before the park was established in 2003, the Arabian oryx was close to extinction. Today, well over 100 live here. 
Address: E-66, Murqqab, United Arab Emirates
Admission: Varies
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134 Tours and Activities to Experience Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

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Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

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Venture through the desert by vintage Land Rover and enjoy Arabic entertainments and dinner on this full-day experience from Dubai. Board an open-top Land Rover with a driver, and watch for wildlife as you drive into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. See a falconry display and continue to a plush Bedouin-style camp within a royal residence. Here, experience traditional activities, including a camel ride and bread-making demonstration, and enjoy a delicious dinner, live music and dancing displays.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

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Enjoy a camel ride in Dubai and an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this desert adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take a camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
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Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort

Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort

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Discover the natural riches of the UAE desert on this 5-hour conservation expedition from Dubai. Board an air-conditioned Range Rover with a safari driver-guide, and explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a natural sanctuary that helps protect the country’s ecosystem. During your drive, look for rare Arabian oryx, desert monitors, gazelles and native plants as your guide shares facts about desert, its animals and traditional Bedouin customs. Finish with delicious light snacks at the upscale Al Maha Desert Resort as you soak in the serene surrounding desert and dunes.
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  • 5 hours
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$183.56
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast

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See the desert sunrise from the air on this hot air balloon ride in Dubai. Rise early, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the launch site, and glide over the billowing dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with your pilot. Watch falcons fly up to 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above Earth in a trained demonstration as the sun rises over the Hajar Mountains. Conclude with a gourmet breakfast back on the ground.
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  • 5 hours
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$372.33
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Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$157.00
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

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Head into the desert for an off-road adventure from Dubai that includes dune bashing by 4x4 vehicle and a visit to a Bedouin-style campsite, where you can indulge in desert activities like smoking from a shisha pipe or getting a henna tattoo. From traversing up and down the golden sand dunes to enjoying a barbecue dinner under the stars, soak up a bit of regional culture during this memorable day in the Arabian Desert.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$56.00
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Dubai Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, Belly Dancing and sandboarding

Dubai Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, Belly Dancing and sandboarding

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A desert safari is a must-do when visiting Dubai and this small-group excursion covers all the bases. Climb into a 4x4 vehicle for a dune bashing session and surf the golden sands on a sandboard. Then, head to a desert camp to enjoy an evening of camel riding, shisha smoking, and other activities. Finish the night with a barbecue dinner complemented by a live show of folk and belly dances.
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  • 7 hours
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$38.15
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Best Desert Safari Dubai with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

Best Desert Safari Dubai with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride

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Get the best out of the desert during this safari from Dubai. Start out with an adrenaline-pumping dune bashing session in a 4x4 vehicle followed by time to sandboard down the golden dunes. Then ride a camel, smoke some shisha, get a henna tattoo, and more at a desert camp. Cap off your evening with a delicious buffet dinner while watching belly dancers, a fire show, and a folk dance.
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  • 6 hours
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$58.00
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Amazing Hot Air Balloon With Beautiful Desert Sunrise View

Amazing Hot Air Balloon With Beautiful Desert Sunrise View

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This is most beautiful and unique tours in Dubai, You can experience and feel more quiet morning in the desert city, see the bright sun rise, see oasis in desert, and you can explore all below wonderful activities and full services. 1. Pick up and Drop off from Dubai main city to desert. 2. Ground photo with all guests and pilot. 3. Flying certificate from pilot. 4. Beautiful and amazing sun rise from Desert. 5. Falco show in the sky with flying hot balloon(Deluxe Flight) 6. Arabian style breakfast, let you taste Arab food(Deluxe Flight)
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$309.37
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Desert Safari With Quad Bike and Arabian Show With BBQ Dinner

Desert Safari With Quad Bike and Arabian Show With BBQ Dinner

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Get your adrenaline pumping and learn about desert culture during this evening adventure from Dubai. Crash through the golden sands during a dune bashing session and quad bike ride. Then head to a desert camp where you can ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, watch live cultural performances, and feast on a delicious barbecue buffet dinner of local and international foods before heading back to Dubai.
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  • 6 hours
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$98.04
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Extreme Adventure Tour

Extreme Adventure Tour

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Kick off the day with an adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the Dubai Desert, less than an hour’s drive from the city. Soak up the scenery on an off-road dune bashing drive by 4WD, then visit a desert camp, where you can try sandboarding and camel riding. Finally, take the wheel for a thrilling 30-minute quad bike excursion and zip through the desert sands.
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  • 5 hours
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$59.71
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Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

Small-Group Tour: Falcon 2—Dubai Falconry Safari

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Fly a falcon and enjoy a desert wildlife drive on this 5-hour experience from Dubai. Board a 4x4 and roam the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to watch for animals such as the rare Arabian oryx, hares and more. Then, enjoy a thrilling, interactive group falconry experience. Learn to fly a falcon from your glove, and see some prized birds and training techniques in action. Upgrade to include breakfast at the stylish Al Maha Desert Resort to make the morning extra special. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized atmosphere.
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  • 5 hours
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Overnight Desert Stay in Dubai Conservation Reserve

Overnight Desert Stay in Dubai Conservation Reserve

Experience a true Arabian night under the stars when you embark on this overnight desert safari. Drive through the dunes en route the campsite, see the sunset and ease into the evening with an atmospheric bonfire, sumptuous Arabic BBQ dinner and shisha. A camel ride, belly dancing and henna painting are provided for your entertainment, as well as sleeping arrangements and sleeping bags. Don’t forget to watch the stars and constellations in the beautiful desert sky after the lights go out. Your unforgettable desert experience concludes with breakfast at sunrise
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  • 18 hours
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$137.00
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Dubai Desert Safari (with BBQ Dinner and more)

Dubai Desert Safari (with BBQ Dinner and more)

This budget-friendly tour is for all those who wants to have a taste of the Arabian life in the desert. With mini activities packed in this tour, we're sure you're going to leave with an even deeper appreciation of Dubai and its rich culture.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$44.51
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Evening Desert Safari

Evening Desert Safari

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Experience the most craved adventure in the UAE. Dubai Desert Safari is an excellent opportunity to spend a wonderful time with your loved ones in the serene vastness of the Arabian desert. Be amazed by the untouched beauty of nature and amusing activities altogether. One of its own kind, Dubai Desert Safari is crowned as most favorite tourist activities in the United Arab Emirates. Thousands of tourists come from all around the world to enjoy this thrilling expedition. No doubt there are numerous Desert Safari operators in UAE and it is difficult to choose one, especially when booking online they just give a vague overview to trick people. But we make sure that what is promised it is delivered so you have the best time in the magnificent Arabian desert with safety as the priority. After involving in exhilarating activities, experiencing long gone Arab lifestyle at camp, feasting on mouth-watering dinner and watching scintillating performances our team will drop you back.
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  • 6 hours
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$43.63
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and Shows

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and Shows

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Let loose in Dubai’s famous dunes on this desert adventure that includes dinner. Start with a 4x4 dune bash before a session of sand boarding and sunset photo stop. Then, enjoy a host of activities at a Bedouin-style camp, including a camel ride, henna tattoo painting, and a traditional Arabic dress photo op. Your experience ends with a barbecue and buffet dinner, plus live entertainment under the stars. Return Dubai transfers and dinner included.
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  • 6 hours
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$60.00
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Dubai Desert Dune Buggies - Driver Experience

Dubai Desert Dune Buggies - Driver Experience

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Ride a four-wheel drive (4WD) dune buggy through the Lisaili Desert on a 2-hour tour from Dubai. Take an exhilarating spin over the rolling dunes in the fast, fun dune buggies while accompanied by an experienced guide. Includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Dubai.
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  • 4 hours
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$200.00
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Best Dubai Desert Safari- Quad Biking & Dun Bashing & Sand Boarding with BBQ

Best Dubai Desert Safari- Quad Biking & Dun Bashing & Sand Boarding with BBQ

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Enjoy a memorable night in the Dubai Desert on this fun-filled evening safari. Speed through the desert on an adrenaline-fuelled dune bashing excursion by 4x4, then take the wheel for a guided ATV tour, and zip down the dunes on a sandboard. Continue to a desert camp, where you can ride camels, enjoy belly dancing and Tanoura performances, and feast on a delicious buffet dinner.
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  • 6 hours
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$176.00
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Dubai Desert Safari - Land Cruiser Pickup/Drop off from Hotel

Dubai Desert Safari - Land Cruiser Pickup/Drop off from Hotel

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Help yourself to a full package of desert fun with minimal effort on your part on this tour from Dubai. After hotel pickup, cruise into an area of desert dominated by high, red dunes. Here, enjoy an extensive round of activities, including a dune bash, camel ride, sand boarding, and sunset photos. Finally, as darkness falls, visit a Bedouin-style camp to end your day with dinner and live shows.
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  • 5 hours
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$54.28
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Desert Safari Experience - Al Maha Arabian Safari

Desert Safari Experience - Al Maha Arabian Safari

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Spend an evening in the Arabian Desert on a 6-hour tour from Dubai. Travel by 4-wheel drive to a Bedouin camp where you'll have a range of activities to choose from: ride a camel, go sandboarding on the dunes, get a henna tattoo, or pass around the traditional shisha water pipe. You can also opt to relax on the deluxe camp’s Persian rugs and watch the stars come out. A 3-course Arab-style barbecue dinner buffet, Middle Eastern folk music, and belly-dance performance are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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$72.00
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Afternoon Desert Safari & Sand boarding with BBQDinner & Live Entertainment show

Afternoon Desert Safari & Sand boarding with BBQDinner & Live Entertainment show

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Spend a day out in the orange deserts of Dubai for the ultimate safari experience. Take a 4x4 Land Cruiser from the city and go dune bashing, sandboarding and enjoy a camel ride in red sand. Then head to a desert camp and sit down for a delicious local barbecue dinner accompanied by non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy cultural activities such as a traditional Tanoura dance, belly dancing, and get a henna tattoo.
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  • 7 hours
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$55.00
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Morning Desert Safari Dubai

Morning Desert Safari Dubai

Begin your day in the desert on this guided morning safari. Do some dune bashing in a 4x4 vehicle, then afterward hit the sandy slopes and try sand boarding through the desert. You’ll also have the chance to try an ancient mode of transportation and ride a camel across the dunes.
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  • 4 hours
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$44.88
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Overnight Desert Safari Dubai With Hot BBQ Dinner & Breakfast

Overnight Desert Safari Dubai With Hot BBQ Dinner & Breakfast

Sleep in Dubai’s desert without the hassles and risks of going it alone, and with cultural activities added into the mix, on this overnight adventure. Take off on a 4WD dune bash and camel ride; and then head to a campsite for a sunset barbecue dinner, belly-dancing shows, and stargazing. Afterward, retire to a tent under the star-spangled sky before a traditional breakfast and return drive the next morning.
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  • 18 hours
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$119.41
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Morning Desert Safari with Sand Boarding

Morning Desert Safari with Sand Boarding

Our expert driver’s team will take you to the Lahbab desert where you will enjoy 45 minutes dune bashing that will accelerate your heart beat. you will also experience the sand boarding on Red Sand. If you want to drive in desert you can also enjoy quad bike that will be more fun and you can also enjoy camel riding. After that our driver will drop back you to your hotel or residence.
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  • 4 hours
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$43.42
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