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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

This was a fantastic experience, very professional and well organised

Our driver Manwar (team leader) was excellent and very professional. He was attentive throughout the entire day and kept us updated with the many activities on the excursion. This was excellent value for money and I will recommend to anyone wanting the safari adventure to book this trip. FABULOUS!

Dubai Desert Safari with Sandboarding and Dinner Reviewed by Lynda, 02/13/2018

Fabulous tour that I would highly recommend!

Absolutely loved this tour! We would recommend this to anyone that wants to have some unique fun! I would wear flip flops next time because it doesn’t get that cold at night! I had to dump my tennis shoes 4 Times because they were completely full of sand and my feet hurt!!

Dubai Dunes: 5–Hour Sunset Dinner Safari Reviewed by Kim, 02/13/2018

You cannot miss this one, cheap and really worthy.

Everything just great, tour guide will pick you up anywhere you tell them. Everything safe and fun, go and try yourself.

Amazing experience truly a must when visiting Dubai!

Activities were varied and fun, something for everyone and all workers were trained so you really felt comfortable and safe! In particular Jackson was so helpful and cheery all throughout the tour! Even waited for us when he really didn’t need to borrowed us his glasses when we didn’t have any! Had great recommendations on where to go! Truly amazing customer service it a must! If any are interested in a desert safari please go with this company

Very nice, the guide is kind and nice people. he accompanied us, alway

Very nice, the guide is kind and nice people. He accompanied us, always explaining everything in detail. The experience is really good like described. Thank you Aamir.