A city that has proven time and again that there are no limitations when it comes to innovation, Dubai has become an agricultural hub despite being in the desert.
In fact, there are several farms that you can visit within and around the city where you can learn about its agriculture and take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern Dubai.
If you’re planning to see this side of Dubai, we rounded up some of the best farms within and around the city to include in your itinerary.
Greenheart Organic Farm UAE
Address: Quata – Sharjah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 361 7010
- The Farm Shop – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
- The Farm – Only open during winter season
The Greenheart Farm is one of the oldest and biggest farms in the country. It was established in 2012 and is only a one-hour drive from the city center.
Located in a desert near Quata in Sharjah, the farm spans more than 80,000 square meters of land where it has 13 shaded shabras and 30 temperature-controlled green houses.
The farm also boasts of over 5,000 square meters of animal enclosures and over 45,000 square meters of open field where these animals can freely roam.
The Greenheart Farm takes pride in its 100% chemical-free operation and its ability to create its own soil made from compost allowing it to grow vegetables despite being in the middle of the desert.
The farm opens its doors to guests every winter season where you can learn about its sustainable practices, interact with farm animals and explore its massive greenhouses.
You can also shop the farm’s products in its shop at the Light Commercial Tower in Al Barsha South 2 if you’re visiting during the summer or you won’t be able to go to the farm.
Here, you can buy organic fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs and dairy, and even some breads to enjoy and take back home.
Book your visit ahead if you want to see the farm to secure a spot.
If you can’t visit the farm’s shop in the city, you can order their products online and they’ll deliver it to your hotel.
Organic Oasis Farm
Address: Al Khawaneej – Opposite Mushrif Park – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 269 9919
The Organic Oasis Farm offers one of the best farm experiences in the city with its fully organic products and an innovative approach to growing crops.
With certifications from Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology and the USDA and EU standards, this farm is one of the best places in Dubai to get organic vegetables.
The farm’s main goal is to help reduce Dubai’s dependence on imported organic products and its six hectare farm produces a wide variety of fresh and pesticide-free produce.
When you visit the farm, you’ll be given the opportunity to harvest your own vegetables, which is a fun activity, especially for the kids where they can learn about where their food is coming from.
Here, you can pick fresh carrots, eggplant, cucumber, green capsicum, okra and cauliflower to take home.
Farm visits are by appointment only, so make sure to get in touch with the farm ahead if you want to schedule a visit.
Emirates Bio Farm
Address: 8th Street – Al Ain – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 55 385 7052
Operating hours: Closed from May to October
- AED 36 per head
- Children under 6 years old are FREE
Located in Al Ain just outside Dubai, the Emirates Bio Farm is one of the country’s biggest producers of organic produce.
Taking pride in using sustainable farming practices, the farm guarantees that it only sells products within 24 hours from being harvested.
This ensures that the farm’s customers only get to enjoy the freshest and best fruits and vegetables.
The Emirates Bio Farm also offers farm visits through its visitor center that includes an experience center, farm shop, outdoor gathering area, greenhouse restaurant and even an Arabian tent.
Here, you can enjoy good food, freshly brewed organic coffee and freshly pressed organic juice while enjoying the greenery of the farm and the open desert dunes.
You also have the option to go on a tractor tour to learn more about how the farm runs, especially its sustainable farming methods.
This is a great activity for the kids since they get to enjoy harvesting from the fields and really be one with nature.
Get in touch with the farm ahead of time to make sure that they’re open on the day of your visit, especially if you’re traveling as a group.
Desert Organic Farm
Address: Wadi Al Amardi – Al Khawaneej – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 56 290 8181
Operating hours: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Saturday)
Another huge farm just outside Dubai is the Desert Organic Farm that grows more than 50 different types of crops in more than four hectares of land.
The farm also uses sustainable farming practices where it produces organic crops like broccoli, celery, carrots, fennel, kale, sweet corn, pumpkins, melons and sweet potatoes.
Visiting this farm gives you a great perspective on how an organic farm runs and you can also enjoy shopping for fruits, vegetables and even organic eggs.
The farm is only open for visitors on Saturdays, so make sure to book a slot ahead by contacting the farm.
Address: Al Ain Road – Exit 26 Umm Nahad 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 228 1034
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Saturday to Thursday)
What’s a visit to Dubai without going to a camel farm anyway? Camelicious is one of the most popular camel farms in the region.
For more than 35 years, this farm has been supplying the best pure camel milk using smart camel farming methods to assure the best quality milk every time.
Camelicious accepts visitors from Saturday to Thursday to see the camels and how they’re being taken care of.
You can even watch the camels being milk and sample their milk during your visit.
Camelicious is established by the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory of Dubai and its team always aims to improve its methods by continuously doing scientific research.
Camelicious is a top tourist destination in Al Ain, so make sure that you book your visit ahead by getting in touch with the farm.
The Camel Farm
Address: Road 77 Northbound Between D63 Al Qudra Road and E66 Al Ain Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 50 485 7676
Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
Price: AED 40 – Entrance fee only
The Camel Farm is another top tourist attraction outside Dubai where you don’t only enjoy the vast desert but also get up close with some of the friendliest camels in town.
The farm is known for breeding and raising camels, but it also has other animals including deers, pigeons, goats, chickens and rabbits.
Here, you can enjoy a desert camel ride, animal feeding activity and even a camel hugging therapy.
Visiting the Camel Farm is such a fun family or group activity, so make sure that you include it in your itinerary.
Advanced booking is mandatory at the Camel Farm, so make sure that you book ahead, especially if you want to try out their activities.
Address: 4th Street – AL Quoz 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 52 445 5066
One of the most revolutionary farms in the UAE, UNS Farms in Al Quoz has introduced eco-friendly urban farming using a water-based system.
It also champions vertical farming to show people that it’s possible to grow produce even when you’re living in the city.
UNS Farms is known for selling some of the best salad mixes in the city with best sellers like the Masala Crunch Salad, Power Salad and Salatta Arabiyyeh.
So, if you want to eat healthy while in Dubai, you should visit UNS Farms and grab some of these mixes for your meals.
The farm also offers cut and potted herbs, edible flowers, microgreen mixes and living trays and visiting the farm will allow you to learn about how vertical farming works.
Book your visit with UNS Farms to make sure that they’re open on the day of your visit.
Hatta Honey Bee Discovery Center
Address: Al Fay Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 296 5474
Operating hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 Pm – Daily with last entry at 4:00 PM
- AED 50 – Adults
- AED 30 – Children
Established in 2018, the Hatta Honeybee Garden and Discovery Center has been an institution in the education and preservation of honeybees in the country.
Located in Al Fay Road outside Dubai, the honeybee garden is the first of its kind in the Middle Eastern and North African region that offers workshops, projects and tours.
The center aims to help people understand honeybees better and it boasts of a 16,000 square meter sanctuary that holds 300 of the 4,000 beehives owned by Hatta Honey.
The center accepts both adults and children, and you don’t need to worry about safety because you’ll be asked to wear bee suits before getting up close with the bees.
Although you’re not required to book ahead when visiting the Hatta Honeybee Garden and Discovery Center, it’s still best to call the office beforehand to make sure that they will accept guests on the day of your visit.
Happiness Farm Hatta
Address: Hatta Street – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 50 185 7000
Wrapping up this list is a sanctuary that will allow you to experience what it’s like living in a real farm.
Happiness Farm Hatta is perfectly defined by its name: it’s a place where you can relax, get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy life in a farmhouse.
Located in Hatta just outside Dubai, this farmhouse can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time and it’s a self-service accommodation to give you the full real life experience.
The property is in the middle of a farm and it has a swimming pool, barbeque area, karaoke and outdoor dining area.
The farmhouse also has five bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and an expansive terrace.
On a good day, you should also be able to meet some rabbits and parrots while exploring the farm.
Happiness Farm Hatta is a popular getaway choice for many locals and tourists in Dubai. So, if you want to enjoy this farmhouse, make sure to book your visit ahead. And since you’ll be traveling outside the city center, you should also find transportation to take you to and from the property to avoid any hassles.