Dubai
Desert Safaris

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41,874 reviews

Mohamed Osman was an amazing tour guide! We had so much fun with him, he was very nice and friendly :) we had an amazing time with him on the safari trip, he took perfect care of us at dinner and he was a professional driver on the dunes. Overall was a wonderful time, we will definitely be back, and make sure to have our friend Mohamed!

Bash, our guide picked us up right on time, then he drove us to the desert and during the ride he showed us some attractions and told us about the history. Sand duning was fun but you shouldnt do it if you have motion sickness. Sand boarding and the camel ride were a nice experience, would definitely recommend!

The desert safari we received it was the best experience ever as well as our guide was the man. He provided for us everything we requested, drinks, food, pictures time while bashing the dunes and etc. I would most definitely recommend you to others !! Best regards

The experience as a whole was great: pickup at the hotel, fun and varied activities, good food and entertainment. Manzoor Manz was a great guide and he made his best to make the experience the best it could be. Definitely recommend the desert tour experience

Mr. Brown was fantastic. We appreciated his leadership, kindness, fun and showing us around. He was very accomodating. We highly recommend him and his company for this amazing experience which is a must do in Dubai!