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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.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Great tour, instagram worthy photos can be taken! Wish it was cooler.

The guide, Saga, was wonderful. He was attentive and funny! Safari ride was a bit scary, and the car infront of us stopped and let some children and their mother out on the way. They were probably crying. I was wondering what would happen. Then the other white van came and picked them up to the next destination. I was impressed that there was a rescue car following us, just in case. A great agency! unlike some others who just want to rip off tourists. I highly recomend &Ocean Air .

The service provides by OceanAir Travel is very good

We book the vip private package for 6 people just one day prior to the trip and this is the 2nd time using OceanAir Travel. They have not made us disappointed. They came extremely timely to pick us up and the driver Mr Chenga is very experienced with 13 years driving in dessert. He also explained the program clearly to us and very helpful in all activities. The camp is well organized and looked pretty new. Overall the trip is one of great unique experiences you should try in Dubai.

Best ever Safari experience with 5* Service

I have been to Safari trips in other countries but this was by far the best and is highly recommended. A big thanks to Thomas in Dubai who contacted a day before the trip to make sure all was in place since i was a bit curious when I booked online in UK. Organisation in Dubai was impressive from start to finish. Many thanks to OceanAir travels in Dubai for their superb 5* Service and our guide Mr Sherif. This is a must have activity if you visit Dubai. Food was really good at the end of show too. Thank you.

Very nice trip to the desert, our guide Abdul Rehman was really polite

Very nice trip to the desert, our guide Abdul Rehman was really polite. It was a perfect day!

Dubai Desert Safari Red Dune: BBQ, Camel ride & Sandboarding Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/08/2018

A very thrilling & interesting experience.

Me & my son, were picked up from our hotel the Fairmont on the Palm at 3pm, by our driver & guide - Sharif from Oxeanair tours. After collecting the other passengers, he took us out to the desert for dune bashing & sandboarding, keeping us comfortable all the while with unlimited cold bottles of water. Afterwards we were taken to the camp for camel riding, shisha and dressing in traditional Emirati costumes. To end the evening we had a delicious bbq meal with a show & belly dancing. Both my son & I would like to thank our guide Sharif for being such a great driver who pointed out local Dubai landmarks on the way to the desert & also made sure everyone in our group was well looked after. Keep up the good work Sharif. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends.