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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

Brilliant tour, enjoyed by the whole family

We had a great time and our two boys aged 8&10 particularly loved the quad biking and camel ride. Great driving by our driver Nasir for the dune bashing.

The most amazing activity we have done in Dubai

This is an absolutely must do in Dubai! Amazing experience! Our guide Najeed was the best! Very punctual, informative, helpful and funny (we laughed so much!)

Red Dune Safari with Sandboarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Options Reviewed by Maria Fernanda, 10/22/2018

Would recommend the Excursion Point Quad Biking trip to all.

The whole experience from beginning to end was excellent. Our guide Zia Khan was punctual, informative, knowledgeable and excellent company throughout. Thank u for looking after me and my family, a genuine and loveable character. All members of staff we came into contact with (our driver and other guides) from Excursion Point were professional and friendly. The quad biking activities were adjusted to suit us as beginners. Camp BBQ and entertainment was a great way to end the evening with family. Food was good, the atmosphere throughout the camp was uplifting. Renuka.

Very nice trip to the desert, Zakir knows how to make a great day

Very pleasant day in de desert, Zakir takes his time for the pictures. The Quad ride was long enough and lots of fun. The food in the camp was of a good quality, and the camel ride was long enough. So nice to spend some time in the desert, i am pretty sure this is the best tour go book.

Great experience, would definitely do again.

Amazing trip to the red dunes, program was amazing, camp was so much fun and also had great diner. Can definitely recommend