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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

Top class driver with some amazing knowledge and driving skills!

Had an amazing day with lots of action packed in. Can’t believe we crammed in so many activities in one day. This is a must if you visit Dubai and our driver made it unforgettable.

Great experience! Very experienced people.

The itinerary is really great and covers lot of activities. You have a lot of interesting and fun stuff to do in that day and it's enough to cover the full day. One of the best things that could happen to our specific trip was our driver. Nandu is an excellent guy, very kind, took care of us the whole day, told us about all the tips and tricks during the trip, took great pictures of us and has excellent driving skills. Keep it up!

Great experience, fun and love every minutes of it!

Well thought itinerary, tour guide Roshine was excellent and knowledgeable. Food are delicious and car are in top-notch conditions, comfortable and clean.

Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/14/2018

Great experience - my daughter (10 years) was totally happy!

Mahin was the best guide i could imagine! He is not only a driver but also a city guide who explains everything you see in dubai and gives an insight into the arabic culture!

From Dubai: Sunset Camel Trek Reviewed by Lukas, 10/14/2018

Totally amazing. It is a MUST in Dubai!!!

Organization is perfect and the activities are gorgeous. It's like a dream. I made the tour with Matti, incredible good driver, very kind and always trying make comfortable our experience. Thans Matti !!!