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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

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

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

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

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

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.

What people are saying about Dubai

Brilliant fun, amazing experience and well worth the money.

Our driver picked us up from the hotel at 7am and we drove for about 30-40 mins out of town to the desert. It was nice to see camels just roaming around. We got to the meeting point and we were given head scarfs which are 40 dirham extra. Worth it to keep the sun off your head and sand off your face. Before you depart they take a picture of you on the quad, again these are extra 100 dirham each. If you have driven a quad before they will take you out further into the dunes. Even if you are not experienced the bikes are fully auto so you can’t go wrong really. Just accelerate, steer and brake! It was an amazing experience going out into the dunes. After 30 mins we stopped for a water break and our guide took pictures and videos of us on our own phones which was really good. After a 10-15 min break we headed back to the centre. It was just the right time to be out there as we were all quite hot and exhausted by then. Overall a brilliant experience. A must for teenagers like ours.

Dubai Morning Desert Adventure with Quad Biking Reviewed by Anonymous, 31/08/2019

My second time with an amazing experience

I love this activity. It was an amazing experience and always will be. Thanks to Basheer (Bash), OceanAir Travels and Get your guide. Bash was extremely professional, friendly, welcoming and polite. Bash kept us all informed throughout the entire trip and made it fun. A definite must activity if visiting Dubai. You’ll drive towards the desert then have a chance to go cart and camel ride and souvenir shop then you’ll head to the dunes for some fine bashing before heading to Alkhayma camp for camel riding, a buffet dinner, souvenir shopping and some entertainment shows. Before watching the night sky and stars for reflection. The Get your guide app is very informative with regular communication and keeps you up to date. Telephone staff are great too and can easily be accessed by phone with a number to call for all countries in the world. Great service an all time great experience and well worth the price.

Excellent guide and tour package made Dubai memorable!

We stopped by Dubai for a few hours during flight transit, and booked the 4-hour safari with camel ride, dunes bashing, and sandboarding. Our guide Nasir Ijaz was incredible - he spoke good English, had perfect command of the vehicle during dunes bashing, and took really cool pictures (he suggested all the poses and they were awesome)! Highly recommend this to anyone in search for a desert experience in Dubai.

Great exoerience and value for your money

Loved the tour! Our guide Nadeem was very lovely and helpful. He took some great photos of us in a desert!!dune bashing was fun, bbq in the camp and entertainment also great! Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.

Ocean Travels is the best when it comes to Safari Desert

The organization of the whole trip was smooth from picking up to dropping off. The drivers are very professional and the activities were a lot fun. If you are Dubai, make sure you use Ocean Travels