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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.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Lifetime experience and the best driver ever!

I’m really sorry that I forgot the name of our driver, but he was the best ever! It was my third safari and I can honestly say it was the best one! Thank you for the great memories!

Dubai: Extreme Desert Safari with Dinner Reviewed by Yanislav, 18/03/2019

Cannot say a lot but a must do in Dubai.

Already did this 4 times since I used to live in Dubai but this one was the best so far.

Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 16/03/2019

Very good tour, great experience, very attentive guide

A real fun tour. Plenty of different experiences: Jeep safari, sand boarding, camel ride (well, that was only very short), desert camp with Henna tattooing, tasty dinner and performances. Very well organised from start to end, feeling taken care of all the time by our most attentive driver/guide/host Sherry John!

Exceptional, the best memorable experience ever!

This activity was worth the money! First, the promptness of the pick up, the knowledge shared by our driver Shariff, he drives and did the dune bashing carefully. He checked all of us every now and then if we were all okay. He never leave us, served us coffee and dessert, dressed us up with arabian traditional costume, gave us blanket and even took us pictures. The activities were all organized from the pick up, first stop, dune bashing, sandboarding, camel ride, until we were gathered together in the camp, picture with the falcon, sisha, bbq, fire dance, tandoori and belly dancing plus the fire dance and the star gazing. The timing was perfect. No rushing, was given us enough time to experience everything. This is definitely the best ever holiday i ever have because of this.

Amazing experience!! Definitely worth doing!

My husband & I had the best experience. Our driver was Siyyad & he was fantastic from the start. Super friendly & we were in the car with 3 other people, he got us all chatting so we got to know a wee bit about each other. Nothing too invasive. Just simple chit chat. We done morning safari with dune dashing, camel riding, quad biking & sand boarding. Siyyad was great, totally made our experience & I felt a bit sick during the dune dashing he helped take my mind off it chatting away. Totally worth the money & recommend to anybody going to Dubai.