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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

Great Day with the chance to dry different activities

Nabeel our driver & guide picked us up at our hotel in Dubai around 7.15 a.m. From there we drove around 45min into a desert camp where we got equipped for our 45min Quad Tour through the desert. In between, there was a 15min photoshop and the sandboarding option. After returning to the camp, we switched to the Jeep again and drove to another camp for the camel ride. This way was partially offroad. After a 5-10min camel ride, we rushed back to our hotel. Great fun with the focus on the quad tour. All other activities are more or less just to try ... Thanks Nabeel, we had a great morning.

Dubai: Morning Quad Bike, Sandboarding and Camel Ride Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/19/2019

Super fun and adventurous tour. Highly recommend.

Our guide Mohammed Boraik was friendly, enthusiastic and highly skilled at dune bashing. We really enjoyed all the activities at the camp including various performances, dinner and sand boarding.

It was pretty nice for that amount of money!

The tour was pretty nice. Especially our driver Ismail was really great! He was very kind and in the evening at the camp he always tried to get us some extra food or sweets here and there. He also drove pretty scareless over any dune, which was pretty special. The time in the dessert was the best part of the trip! The rest with the camel ride and the time in the camp is pretty much touristic, but you can't expect this not to be for just 40 Euro! So all together I would really recommend this tour! It is really cheap for everything you'll get.

Dubai: Extreme Desert Safari with Dinner Reviewed by Florian, 02/16/2019

Perfect adventure, super guides and a lot of fun

Perfect adventure, super guides and a lot of fun, i Can only give all the Best reconmedations of this Company We where filing safe all the time then We where dune bashing on quads, since there where always some one watching us from behind

A great time out to see the outskirts of Dubai

We were greeted by our guide at our hotel as the designated pickup. We were running 15 mins late but were assured that the guide would wait for us. We shared the vehicle with 6 other people for the duration of the activity which was a little cramped but expected. The sand duning activity was extremely fun and went for the right amount of time. The guide was careful to ensure that no one felt sick or nauseous and offered to stop if anyone did. The camel riding and meal at the end was delicious and offered an insight into the life of the locals with 3 different dance exhibitions. We'd highly recommend anyone looking to experience a cultural tour of old dubai embark on this adventure.