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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

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.

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

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

Great, thoroughly recommend for all ages

Thoroughly enjoyed both arts of the tour. Morning session showed Dubai from the rich areas to the old Duba Spice markets and gold taking a short trip across the creek in a traditional boat. Afternoon part was excellent from quad bikes to dune bashing to camel rides, pictures with a falcon and then a wonderful diner with show. Everyone was so helpful in every way and the drivers were excellent. Thank you for some great memories!

Dubai City Tour and Evening Desert Safari Combo Reviewed by Steven, 06/09/2018

Our driver Zakir was exceptional, he attended to all our needs.

Zakir made sure that all our needs were attended to, he’s a great asset to your company. Thank you so much Zakir from the English couple. Please make sure you show him this

Amazing experience - definitely a must-do when in Dubai!

Very well organised; really fun and friendly staff; a good 45-50 minute camel ride; great food at the camp; perhaps not the sand-only scenery with steep sand dunes you see in Sahara desert (i.e. there are some desert bushes and plants and a fence at parts of the ride), but still very impressive! Although I was afraid it would, it didn't feel too 'touristy'.

Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/04/2018

I would do this activity again, next time with my Family.

Everything was just how they described it in the activity details, but the experience itself exceeded my expectations. It was super fun. I really enjoyed the dune bashing and the food! The food was so delicious. Our guide, Rafeeq, was amazing at taking pictures. He was excited about it too.

It was fun and exciting, we enjoyed it very much

Our tour guide Mujeeb gave us a invincible ride. It was a extraordinary experience and we all enjoyed it very much.