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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

A very good organized, friendly and nice tour guide

We really had a very nice, enjoyable and some adventure in our safari trip today. The guide bro Marwan is very helpful and friendly. He has shown very much concern for us as tourists in this We had really a very nice, enjoyable and some adventures with our desert safari trip today. The guide brother Marwan is very friendly and helpful. I would only recommend him as a guide. Surely this Desert Safari worths of your money and trip.

Dubai Desert Safari with Sandboarding and Dinner Reviewed by Rahminah, 12/04/2017

It was great must-have experience! Thanks to the staff of Ammar Tours!

The tour fulfilled fully our expectations. It was great. You travel with Toyota Land Cruiser - six guests per car. Our driver, Mohammed, was very kind and willing to help with all our wishes. in the desert we had an amazing drive through the sand dunes, but we felt always secure. The car was extra secured for such desert driving and Ammar tours drove with 10 cars in a line, which created additional feeling that nothing bad can happen and you will not be left desolated in the desert. Sand-boarding was possible for everyone - it was not my thing, but I tried it. It was funny. The dinner in the camp was very delicious. The camp was furnished in a very authentic way. There were three traditional shows - belly dance, another traditional dance, which we also saw on a ship dinner and fire-breather, they were amazing. You have all opportunities - photo with a hawk, camel, in traditional Arabic clothes or for women also hand painting as well as shisha smoking.

Dubai Desert Safari with Sandboarding and Dinner Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/03/2017

This was an amazing experience! Highly recommended.

Compared to the desert safari we did last year with another tour operator, this was definitely the better one. Our driver John, was superb at this job and his customer care was fabulous. No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert.

Unbelievable experience. Must do activity when in Dubai

The day trip was exceptional. Great experience. Our driver and tour guide Rashid was very very pleasant. His driving skills are unbelievable. I will highly recommend the trip when in Dubai. It is really worth every penny.

Do not miss this! It is so much fun! :-)

We enjoyed this desert safari so much!!! We heard about it from a friend and so glad we were able to experience it. It was well organised, our guide Ansar was so helpful! He is not only a very experienced driver, but photographer and entertainer at the same time. Everything was perfect, the quad ride, the sand boarding and camel ride. The BBQ was really nice and the 2 dancers were amazing too. I wish I could go back now!