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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

Wow.. Amazing Dunes, Camels and Scenery.

Our driver, MAQSOOD - was brilliant. Despite a slight delay in collecting us due to an error in communications we had a great trip. Maqsood was very friendly and told us lots about UAE on our way to the base camp. We drove past some camels just walking along the road which was lovely. When we arrived, it was straight onto a camel for a ride. The ride was only a few minutes long but was enjoyed by the kids. We were offered quad biking but declined. Please note that the toilet facilities are very BASIC... Food and drinks were available to buy as they had a shop there. Our driver provided water but we took our own. After about 10 minutes we headed into the Dunes. Maqsood's driving skills were 10/10 - it was fast and exciting! Not for the faint hearted or for someone who has had lunch just before!!! Sand duning - kids LOVED IT.. Maqsood took some AMAZING photos of our kids which are my favourite from our entire holiday. THANK YOU MAQSOO - 5* star service!

Cannot put into words how good this was.

The trip from start to finish was outstanding. The driver Jackson was a legend. He made our day, nothing too much trouble. The dune bashing was amazing in fact the whole day was so memorable.

These professionals provide Excellent value

Even though it stormed (yes it does storm in Dubai) Mayan changed the itinerary around and provided a great experience and dinner.

Ismael is the perfekt guide,he gave me and my family a nice time.

Also i like the evening in the camp ,BBQ was great and to my surprise they made a good show with fire spitting and dancing.all thogether a big adventure for a very good price.

Dubai: Extreme Desert Safari with Dinner Reviewed by Stefan, 15/04/2019

A wonderful day from the first to the last minute.

Very well organised journey with an amazing experience in the desert. The safari in the red dunes as well as the sandboard were just fantastic. The driver, Zakir, was really smart, giving us a lot of explanations and information about the country, history and people way of living. The part in the camp was very nice with plenty of activities, and good food.