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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

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

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

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

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

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

This tour was amazing and it was excellent!

Our tour guard was Nandu! He is a good driver! During the tour we feel safly because he had a sure hand. He was friendly we could speak about everything. I will suggest Nandu and the company to my firends and realtives and everybody!! The Get Your Guide was the best choise!

Excellent tour with absolute professionalism

Just 5 star ! It was a bliss ! I would always recommend getyourguide ! The guide MANZ was the best ever. He goes to take the extra mile to show that he cares ! Lived like a king throughout the tour. Can’t thank enough

The driver Nabeel , was friendly , cool .

The driver and guide Nabeel , was like a old friend , cool , fresh men , talk and explaind all if we want . the best driver ever i see . the experience was very exciting . i like do that every day :))) i don't have words for Nabeel and service . was perfect , more then perfect !

Dubai Desert Safari Red Dune: BBQ, Camel ride & Sandboarding Reviewed by Adrian Gabriel, 23/09/2018

Amazing Experience with Room for Improvement

We were greeted and led throughout the day by a great guide, Abdul Rehmen. He was both friendly and witty, knowing the dunes well and went to create new paths during the off-road desert ride (much to the horror of my easily-sick friend). We were able to experience riding quad bikes on the desert (150 dirham solo/250 dirham duo), sand boarding (I unsurprisingly fell on the first try), camel riding, and watching Arabic performances while eating buffet food. Don't worry about food or drinks. They provide limitless bottles of water and offer food at the campsite. They also offer free sessions of shisha if you're feeling up to it, as well as getting a henna and wearing traditional Arabic costumes for picture-taking. There were a few downsides however. Food was a little lacking (I suppose that comes to personal taste), the dancing performances a little sparse, and the camel ride very short (around 5 minutes). Despite all this, I'd happily recommend this company to a friend.

Our own driver Nabeel worked above and beyond ensuring a fab trip

He was entertaining from pick up to drop off ensuring all 6 clients didnt miss out on any activities. I did this excursion last December but this was friendlier, and more activities on route. Different camp but exceptional food and entertainment just fire entertainer was missing.