Get ready for ride of your life during a Dubai desert safari tour. Perfect for adventure enthusiasts, this tour will take you coursing over sand…
Leave the city behind and head for the sky on a unique balloon expedition over the heart of the Arabian Desert as you watch a falconry show! Be on…
Experience the magic of the Dubai desert on a sunset safari drive. Enjoy a buffet dinner at a Bedouin-style camp and traditional entertainment.
Explore the wildlife of the Dubai Desert in exciting 1950's Land Rovers. View a live falcon training session and dine in an authentic Bedouin camp…
Experience the magic of the desert at sundown on a 5-hour safari, and enjoy a dune drive at sunset. Then, go to a traditional Bedouin-style camp for…
See the Dubai desert from above on a spectacular balloon ride with one of the most experienced balloon companies in the world. Then, enjoy a gourmet…
Explore the Dubai desert at night in search of nocturnal animals, using night vision binoculars. Then, relax at the desert camp of local royalty, and…
Escape the heat of the city and embark on a luxury safari at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Enjoy spotting the wildlife in the unique and…
Spend a night camping inside the grounds of a royal retreat in the Dubai desert. Begin this overnight adventure with a drive through the desert in an…
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Visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to swap the hot bustle of the city for a scenic journey through the UAE's charming landscapes and traditional cultures. Here are a few fun ways to make the most of a unique day trip!
Desert safari tours will introduce you to a whole host of native flora and fauna, including foxes, wildcats, and the reserve's greatest conservation success, the Arabian Oryx!
If cruising the desert landscape in an off-road vehicle lacks romance, why not let an experienced guide lead you through the sites of interest by horse or camel?
The Bedouin's name means "desert dwellers" in Arabic and you're on their turf! Fortunately they provide great food and entertainment from the comfort of their homey tents.
Fancy a break from tradition? The sand dunes make an ideal setting for extreme sports like quad biking, sandboarding, and even sandskiing!
Whether you choose to see the sun set from the top of a dune or amidst the hospitality of a lamp-lit Bedouin village, don't miss this exquisite national park at its most stunning.
It isn't possible to visit the reserve without an approved tour group, so look out for tour operators that provide transfers from your hotel or the city center. Otherwise you can only reach the reserve by car via the E66, which starts out as the Dubai-Al Ain Road between Downtown Dubai and the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
The desert is, of course, very exposed to sunlight, so bring sunglasses, suitable headwear, and plenty of sunscreen! You'll need to use a lot of the latter so bring moisturizer to stop your skin drying out. If you're bringing an expensive camera then make sure it's protected against the sand (waterproofing also works!), and bring a water bottle even if your tour operator is providing it, just in case. Also, do NOT wear closed leather shoes!
- When should I visit?The desert is there day and night, so it all depends on when you schedule your tour!
- Is it expensive?Depends on the experience you are seeking, but prices usually start around $100 per person.
- Will I need a guide?Definitely.
- How to get thereYour chosen tour guide will take you there in a private van from the city.
- Additional informationEat lightly before your excursion. The bumpy ride across the dunes can make some people feel queasy!
What people are saying about Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
This was a brilliant experience with a very knowledgeable guide Nadir. The whole evening was brilliant. Thank you from a very satisfied customer.
Very well organised; really fun and friendly staff; a good 45-50 minute camel ride; great food at the camp; perhaps not the sand-only scenery with steep sand dunes you see in Sahara desert (i.e. there are some desert bushes and plants and a fence at parts of the ride), but still very impressive! Although I was afraid it would, it didn't feel too 'touristy'.
Our first ride was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. But it was no problem: we were offered a compensation or a new date. It was absolutely stunning.
A treat to ride in the vintage Land Rover!! Unique. So glad this safari did NOT include any dune bashing. The cuisine for dinner and breakfast was delicious and abundant. The falcon demo was outstanding~~~the bird flew with incredible speeed and power. All staff very friendly and my private overnight sleeping room with king bed was comfy, cozy and quiet. I would recommend this particular safari to anyone interested!!!
Absolutely loved this tour! We would recommend this to anyone that wants to have some unique fun! I would wear flip flops next time because it doesn’t get that cold at night! I had to dump my tennis shoes 4 Times because they were completely full of sand and my feet hurt!!