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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 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

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

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 very thrilling & interesting experience.

Me & my son, were picked up from our hotel the Fairmont on the Palm at 3pm, by our driver & guide - Sharif from Oxeanair tours. After collecting the other passengers, he took us out to the desert for dune bashing & sandboarding, keeping us comfortable all the while with unlimited cold bottles of water. Afterwards we were taken to the camp for camel riding, shisha and dressing in traditional Emirati costumes. To end the evening we had a delicious bbq meal with a show & belly dancing. Both my son & I would like to thank our guide Sharif for being such a great driver who pointed out local Dubai landmarks on the way to the desert & also made sure everyone in our group was well looked after. Keep up the good work Sharif. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends.

Perfect way to spend your morning in dubai

We landed in Dubai at 4am, got to the hotel at 5am and got picked up by our driver at 6am, it quickly woke us up as we were bashing the dunes, me and my partner had great fun on this trip the dune bashing was amazing, the sand boarding was hilarious and the camel riding was also great. our driver James was very friendly and took the time to get great photos of us and even went to the effort to ensure we were always hydrated. He was also a great driver with the best job in the world!

Amazing experience. Highly recommended. Excellent value for money.

Where do I beginning? From being pick up from our hotel lobby (not all companies do this) to being dropped off back at our hotel lobby 7 hrs later, my partner and I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. One we would certainly do again. Everything which this tour operator said was included in the package is included. There are no hidden charges. I was pleasantly surprised that travelling through the dunes, sand boarding, camel rides, bbq etc... Was included within one fixed price. Our tour guide, Mujeeb, kept us well Informed about the evening. He offered to take his passengers photos using their phones/cameras. I'm impressed that a company will not try to extract a few more quid out of their passengers for professional photos. There was certainly opportunities along the way. There was a good selection of food on offer at the bbq. More than what I was expecting.

Very good and memories experience. Kudos to our guide Rashid!!

We are family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 kids. Dune bashing experience was amazing and fun. Rashid, our guide did everything possible for us to have this experience right from picking up from the hotel to dropping us back. Everything was planned perfectly and executed well.I would recommend this to anyone.

Premium Red Dunes Safari & Evening at Al khayma Camp Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/06/2018

I loved it! Super friendly and professional - 10/10 Solo Traveler

I loved this tour! I wish I could remember my drivers' name because he was really cool, always giving extraordinary advice and talking about the city. The pickup was on time and very comfortable ride. When we got to the desert we did a camel ride and the assistant took a lot of photos from us. I was as a solo traveler and it was very friendly. The other guy coming in our car was also a solo traveler which made the tour very appreciated. The dune bashing went pretty smooth and the sandboard was also very cool. 10/10 - if you are a solo traveler reading this... just go! You'll love it

Dubai Morning Safari: Red Dunes, Sandboarding & Camel Ride Reviewed by Bruno Filipe, 08/02/2018