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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

Fantastic driver both on and off the dunes .

Got picked up first before the other two couples and chose to sit in the back . The driver advised us that it would be really bumpy ( and it was ) . This added to our exciting SAFARI . Good entertainment at the camp afterwards . Short camel ride but that was fine as there was quite a lot of people to take turns to ride the camels. Food was very tasty with both a vegetarian buffet and also a variety of chicken skewers , lamb pieces and also kebab. A few sellers were dotted around the camp but they were NOT pushy people and allowed you to browse at your own free will. Overall a really good experience .

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Reviewed by MICAELA, 12/05/2016

Great night with a lot of things to do! ;)

This desert safari was marvelous! Our guide was extremely nice and competent and drove us along fabulous places in the desert! The camel ride was very fun and the food was delicious! A must do in Dubai!

Dubai Desert Safari Reviewed by Tania, 12/05/2016

Fabulous well organised lovely excursion

From the pick up at the hotel to the drop off, fun evening. Our chauffeur Mohan was brilliant looking after us all evening too.

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Reviewed by Olive, 12/05/2016

This has to be on anyone's list of things to do in Dubai

Fantastic from beginning to end! Driver was brilliant, so accommodating and such a pleasant man. The activities were great value for money, to say we left the hotel at 3pm, did not arrive back until approx. 9.30pm, went dune bashing, sand boarding, camel riding, falcon experience plus henna painting and copious amounts of food and soft drinks. Bar was available too where alcohol could be purchased if you wished. All for £60, what a bargain! Would most definitely recommend!!!

Everything went well: pick-up, tour and the guide was efficient.

The pick-up was done on time and the tour & safari were amazing. We appreciated the belly and tanoura dance and also the buffet dinner. City tour guide did a good job and was always looking for us. Overall very good experience.

Dubai City Tour and Evening Desert Safari Combo Reviewed by Ameeta Devi, 11/26/2016

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