Moon lovers who are currently in the UAE or are planning to go on a trip to the Al Qudra desert must visit the famous Crescent Moon lake! It’s a spectacular hidden gem you should visit whenever you feel like immersing yourself in nature or escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.
Moon lake, so called for its crescent moon shape, has become an instant internet sensation due to its eye-catching contrast with the orange sands of the desert. It’s located in the Al Qudra desert and is easily accessible from Dubai.
The best time to visit Moon lake is during dawn or dusk when the lighting is most flattering. However, it’s also worth noting that the temperature in the desert can be extreme, so make sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water!
What is the Crescent Moon lake in Dubai?
Moon lake, so called for its crescent moon shape, has become an instant internet sensation due to its eye-catching contrast with the orange sands of the desert. Crescent Moon Lake is only one of several artificial lakes that have become popular tourist destinations. Expo 2020 Dubai Lake was unveiled last year as a massive monument to the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.
The National used a drone to go in search of the new landmark and capture these stunning images. Mostafa, a Dubai-based photographer, and filmmaker, posted the first photographs of the crescent moon lake to his Instagram account, @100.pixels.
The curved loch was modeled after Love Lake, a similar body of water carved out in the dunes to mimic two interlocking hearts. Its coordinates are 24.7874218, 55.3065662.
Where is Crescent Moon lake located in Dubai?
Love Lake and Crescent Moon Lake are close by in Al Qudra; however, you’ll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to go to Crescent Moon Lake (unless riding atop a camel is more your vibe).
How to go to Crescent Moon lake?
The lake has been landscaped to spell the name of the world exhibition, and the best way to get there is to take the D63 beyond the Last Exit and then turn right onto the road leading to the Al Qudra Lakes. There is no paved road leading to the lake, and its remote location in the Al Qudra desert means that only a sturdy vehicle, ideally a 4×4, is recommended.
When is the best time to visit Crescent Moon lake?
Early dawn is the best time to visit so you can see the sun rising over a lake illuminated by solar panels. This adds up to a stunning and enchanting ambiance. This is the place to go if you want to avoid the crowds and increase your chances of seeing wildlife like gazelles and wild oryx.
What to expect at the Crescent Moon Lake
You might see an Arabian oryx drinking water, as this species was just reintroduced to the area as part of the United Arab Emirates extensive conservation efforts. Visitors around Crescent Moon Lake often feel calmed and at peace after taking in the area’s natural beauty. The soothing stillness of the desert surrounds the lake, and you may even see some of the native species (like the Oryxes). At the same time, you’re there—sunrises and sunsets, in particular, offer jaw-dropping panoramas that are a visual feast.
See this hidden gem for yourself. Soon after the discovery of the Pink Lake near Ras Al Khaimah, which has pink-colored water (a result of algae reacting to the water), came the discovery of the Crescent Moon Lake.
Google Map Location
Here is a map guide to the location of the Crescent Moon Lake in Dubai and how to get there: