Dubai
Desert Safaris

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Choosing the Perfect Dubai Desert Safari

These days Dubai might be better known for its jaw-dropping skylines and lavish attractions, but its golden desert remains as unmissable as ever. Here's how to make the most of your safari visit.

  • Wildlife

    1. Wildlife

    With gazelles, wildcats, monitor lizards to be seen, the Dubai desert can match any savannah for wildlife sightings. Try a falconry experience for the ultimate in animal close-ups.

  • Camel Rides

    2. Camel Rides

    Camel rides make for a great hands-on Dubai Desert Tour. Most desert safaris include a short ride, but you can definitely opt for a tour with extended riding time.

  • Food

    3. Food

    Budget safaris (meals included) are available, but it's worth it to spend a little more if possible. You'll get authentic, local cuisine and hospitality that makes you feel like a VIP.

  • Extreme Thrills

    4. Extreme Thrills

    Thrill-seekers are spoilt for choice with the dune-bashing, quad-biking, sand-skiing, and dune-buggy rides offered on various safari tours. Not for the faint-hearted!

  • Time of Day

    5. Time of Day

    Can't handle the heat? Experience the desert by night. The evening tours offer breathtaking beauty and a unique stargazing experience.

Planning Your Visit

  • What is Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve?

    With Dubai's rapid expansion, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve was founded to protect the natural landscape and endemic wildlife from overspill. It is located in the southeastern corner of the Emirate of Dubai and covers 87 squared miles of land. Some safaris are allowed to take you out to these pristine dunes.

  • How hot does it get?

    Dubai summer temperatures average at 106ºF (41ºC), and often get a lot higher than that. Temperatures are more comfortable between December and March, but you might have to contend with irregular spurts of rain.

  • Can you camp?

    In some places it's possible to camp, but unless you're extremely experienced, we wouldn't recommend it without being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Fortunately, there are several overnight camping safaris available.

  • What is a desert safari?

    What can you really expect on a safari tour? More than you may realize! This is your chance to drive over dunes and participate in a variety of traditional desert activities: camel riding, sandboarding, trying shisha, authentic cuisine, henna tattoos, and local entertainment.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41,874 reviews

Amazing experience, our guide Mujeeb was very friendly and also explained us many interesting things about dubai and the UAE. The camp with the dinner was very nice as well. Highly recommended!!

We had a awesome time on our desert Safari. Our guide was awesome. The entire experience was great. He also took some amazing pictures of us which is always a plus in our book.

Safari guide Mohammed was amazing! Super helpful and we had a fantastic ride! The red dunes and the dancers at the camp were amazing!

Our tour was really cool and our guide Arif was in a great mood and he was very helpful. Definitely a must see when in Dubai.

We did this tour today and we had a lot of fun, but best of all was our driver Arif he made the tour unforgettable.