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

Nasir is a very pleasant host. He is knowledgeable and entertaining and adventurous. Very prepared for the experience and shared hints about the quad ride and offered assistance if needed. He arrived on time as scheduled, provided water and breaks as appropriate and got us there and back safely. I would highly recommend this and other adventures as well. Thank you

It was a nice experience! Our big thanks belongs to Akbar. He is very good as professional, but also greatful human. All the time he was very passionate to meet all our requirements and sure us the best comfort on whole trip. Extreme dune bashing, BBQ, show, camel riding, food... for these all we thanks to whole team. We strongly recommend this trip! :-)

We really enjoyed our Desert Safari experience. Our guide Abdul was really helpful and gave us a lot of tips in how to make the most of the desert trip and also about our stay in Dubai by sharing interesting facts and information about the city and the country. We will definitely recommend Ammar and especially our guide Abdul to our friends.

It was one of the best experience of our life, Lala, our guide, is an amazing person, on the way to the safari he explained to us what to visit in Dubai. Also he is an excelent driver, the dune hopping was a dream! Not the mention the photos, Lala is the best photographer you’ ll ever meet, took us excelent photos in the dessert.

The safari tour was amazing. Our tour guide Naveed was very nice and entertaining. Nice music during the sand bashing. The camel ride was much fun. Our camel guide Usman was very nice as well! We felt very safe on the Camel. And Usman took pictures of us well. Definitely will recommend!