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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

Wonderful experienced with excellent tourist guide Allam

Allam is very accommodating and with my senior sister. He let her to sit in front to be comfortable because she’s very nervous. And she had wonderful time riding, we hope to see him again next time in Dubai. Good job Allam

A wonderful experience that is a must in Dubai

Excellent service, very attentive with right time apportioned to each activity. Guide Jackson is not only friendly but a very caring person who pays attention to his clients. A value for money tour!

Fossil Red Dunes & Camel Rock Safari with BBQ & Sunset Camel Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/02/2019

Very well organized, friendly, amazing desert and guide !

The half day goes so fast and very smoothly! The organization is spotless! Our driver and guide Nawshad was fun and such an amazing driver! He tended to all our needs. Driving in the dunes is .... amazing and shakes you up ! You would not believe what those guys can do! Then a more relaxing time with camel ride, dinner in the desert and shows. The last part is more touristic meaning you are a bunch of people but you really don’t feel it! Maybe everybody is trying to recover from the dunes ! So the organization , Nawshad our guide, the desert, the quad, the drive, the dinner all makes a beautiful experience

A must do experience when visiting Dubai

This was one of the best cultural experiences I have ever done while traveling abroad. Courteous staff, wonderful accommodations and entertainment. I would highly recommend any of their tours while visiting Dubai.

Well delivered, great inclusions & value for this unique experience.

From booking through delivery this was fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed. The variety of activities included was amazing and most enjoyable. The care and professionalism of all staff did not go unnoticed. Availability of alcohol was a great treat as well. Sincere thank you to all.

Overnight Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/02/2019