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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

This was absolutely AMAZING the best tour to do while I’m Dubia!!!

This was the most incredible day and event I ever had while traveling not only were all the guides incredible including Hamdy our primary guide they were kind gracious I felt like they were taking you into their own homes they were so giving and generous and explaining everything that was going on and about the culture and making sure that we were comfortable and taken care of it was an amazing experience I would highly recommend it to anybody while in Dubai absolutely wonderful. Arafath was also excellent so kind and professional. These are wonderful guides great at what they do love their job and it shows ....I can’t wait to come back !

Really cool experience, especially the quads!!

Our guide Rashid was really great, helped me through my sickness i got at the car because of the big sand dunes. Sandsurfing and riding the quads is reeeeaaly fun!!

Our guide was very helpful, I would recommend to anyone!

Our guides name is Mohammed Anjum. He was very helpful, patient, friendly and he is someone i would recommend to anyone going to the safari tour. We went dune bashing, camel riding, sandboarding and we made beautiful and pictures. Me and my family had a great time we would definately do this agian. Great tour guide and great tour!

It was magnificient, everything was well planned, strongly recommendin

Thank you so much to Mr Majiid (our main driver) for his perfect drive, patient and excellent guide and his brother Mr Najeeb, for his sensitiveness.

Very nice trip, lots of activities and an excellent driver, Alex

Wonderful landscapes, well organized, the food was excellent and we enjoyed the number of various activities. A special Thank You to Alex, the best driver ever !