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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.



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.



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

You’ll not regret booking this activity.

Ibrahim our driver reached out early the day of activity and planned arrival and pickup. Very friendly guide. He took time to explain every single detail of the tour while providing us with fresh water during the activity time. Afrer pick up we drove to the quad bikes/ camel area. Quad is optional, we personally didn’t do(have done it before, not in the desert though) it but it seemed fun in the desert. Then camel ride. Then head to the desert when the most fun happened. Ibrahim is a skilled driver that made us enjoy driving through the desert. If you’re booking and can request, ask for Ibrahim you’ll have an amazing experience and you can thank me later. Overall, great value for money and fun activity.

Morning Safari with Quad Bikes, Sandboarding & Camel Ride Reviewed by Jean-pierre, 04/23/2019

A very nice trip! Everything is well organized and reliable.

Our guide Nabeel was very nice and told us a lot about environment and life in general in Dubai. It was very interesting to talk to him. Our pick up in Hotel was very punctual.. This trip is highly recommended.

Absolutely fantastic. One of the highlights of our holiday.

Great fun. Including pick up and drop off at hotel which was hugely helpful. Really recommend this. Fantastic driver who was clearly intent on giving us the best experience and laughed along with us!

A super funny way to spend half day in the desert

I enjoyed this safari a lot, Everything went exactly as stated in the description. Zaheer (Ammar safari) is a brilliant driver and he looks after you very well. I’ll recommend to all my family and friends. Safari is really not recommended for people with neck/back problems or pregnant/motion sickness.

An exciting experience professionally organised and delivered

Easy to book online, Very friendly and knowledgeable driver. An exciting introduction to the desert with some great driving through the dunes, camel ride and fun sand boarding.