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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

a wonderful afternoon with a lot of action

my kids loved it. It was a great afternoon - started with a quad ride in a bigger area of a kind of farm outside Dubai. My 14 year old di not want to stop - he really had fun using his own quad. From there we went into the desert dunes, drifting rides with the SUV, sandboarding and plenty of time for taking photos. Last station was the camp with delicous tea and coffee plus arabic snacks and dates, the following performances were nice to watch, the barbeque yummy - it was possible to go twice even if not everything was available, but plenty of food. Very important for a hot day - water was available the entire trip, in the camp you also can have sprite, coke etc. all included in the price - summarizing I definitively say it was a worth trip with a lot of action and entertainment.

Once in a lifetime experience with our unique driver Abbas !!

We have just come back from one of the most amazing experiences in my life ! We were group of 7 people, all enjoyed at a maximum level the whole safari tour - dune bashing, sansoarding, camel riding, shows and BBQ dinner at the Camp ! Our driver, Abbas, a great guy with nice sense of humour is one of the best drivers I have ever seen !! We were all highly impressed with his skills, while dune bashing ! He also made a lot of wonderful photos of my daughter, me wife, me, as well as my friend's family !! 5-star service he offered us will deeply remain in our minds and we will definitely book another safari tour when we come back to Dubai! Momchil, Ljuba, Dari, Zdravko, Petya, Dayana ... and especially Krisko !!

Great dune bashing, Sandboarding and camel riding via GetYourGuide

Just spontaneous planned in the morning and easily booked online for the afternoon, it was such a well organized and exiting 4 hour adventure. No waiting time at hotel lobby, I was informed about short delay of pick-uptime by messenger. Yaseen, the driver is very nice and friendly, always taking care on his guests, taking great photos and videos from me and bashing the dunes - it was really great. It was a great tour through the nice red sand dunes with phot stop, sandboarding and a camel ride at the end during sunset in the desert, everybody in the group had fun. Back at the hotel at 7 p.m. without wasting time at one of the boring camps it was the right event for me - with really great memories.

Would recommend, good value for the price

Our experience was exactly what we booked, there was plenty of time for all the activities, we weren’t rushed or pushed to buy any extras. Would surely go again. Sadly, we had 3 other people in our group who were extremely rude, shouted all the way there and back and have called us names in French as I asked them to be more quiet. They even rated the experience 1 star before we got to the dunes, as they complained because they apparently didn’t know English. Anyway, this wasn’t the tour operator’s fault as you can’t do much about people who have this kind of behaviour. It also shows how some reviews are totally outrageous and false, coming from people like this.

Fun filled experience - well worth it in every way.

We had a guide named Hamdy who was absolutely fantastic. Spoke really good English and explained everything in detail right from the start. He made us feel really special and like a VIP. The Red Dunes were unbelievable with lots of photo opportunities and had the chance to snow board the dunes. The Al Khayma Camp was a wonderful experience especially the camal ride as we watching the sun set. We enjoyed BBQ beef and chicken with lots of salads etc and fruit that followed. We could not fault the this activity in any way. Highly recommended as a must do experience when in Dubai.