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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

Sunrise camel trekking. Unique experience!

Our tour was spectacular. The view of the sunrise was amazing ending with a light breakfast at a camp. Our tour guide Sagar was amazing and provided us with so much information about the history and development of Dubai. We definetly learned more than we had expected and we thank him for sharing his knowledge with us. Definetly recomend this tour and if Sagar is your guide you will have a really enjoyable time and if you don’t like big crowds like us (we were only 5 people on the tour), this is the tour for you. He also takes really good pictures!!!

Dubai Sunrise Camel Trek with Breakfast Reviewed by Azaret, 12/08/2018

Sadiq was an excellent guide and photographer.

Even if my girlfriend was sick because of dunes driving, Sadiq had knew how to manage the situation. He is also funny, and he made our day better. Good experience, I will recomand. Thank you.

Amazing afternoon watching the sunset in the desert

We had an amazing afternoon watching the sunset in the desert. The camel ride was smooth and the tour guide (Alex) who we had was very funny, knowledgeable of Dubai and knows how to take good pictures.

Amazing experience, Cool adventure, good deal

Our safari driver/guide Sadik it was very kind and friendly, on schedule in everything, with a very good driving skills! It was very fun, we had a great time there!

Perfect tour with perfect guide Mansoor MANZ

The tour was amazing! The campsite was so nice. Decent bed, food, cold drink, even socket were prepared. We just left our luggage at the hotel and had fun. Our guide Mansoor MANZ was amazing. He was a talkative guide, skilled driver and excellent photographer. We were so lucky to have him with us. He made the amazing tour even more enjoyable. If you are still thinking to join or not, I can assure you that safari won't disappoint you in any way.