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

What an amazing experience and special thanks to Anwar who made our private honeymoon safari so memorable. His dune bashing drive was breathtaking (literally!) and we filmed parts and sent to friends back home who were gobsmacked. But it wasn’t just that - we drove a dune buggy, rode a camel, sand boarded and much more! Thanks again to Anwar. We loved every moment of the experience and really recommend and even better if you can get a private trip.

Meine Familie und ich haben sehr gute Erfahrung mit Desert Safari gemacht. Unser Reiseführer Herr Nabeel war sehr respektable, humorvoll, vertrauensvoll und informativ. Wir hatten Dune bashing, Sand boarding, Quad bike und Abendessen (inkl. 4 Auftritte und Hennatattoo). Alles war top! Empfehle den Safari an alle, die Hunger für Abenteuer haben.

The tour was very nicely organised. The guide Abbas was really kind and gentle. Guided me for things what to do and was quiet punctual. The ride was so far and easy. I recommend this to everyone.

It was an amazing experience. We have booked the option with quad bike but the best experience was the dune bashing with the land cruiser because we have the best guide and driver Nazid Ali!!!

Most perfect experience. Abdul was an excellent driver and the most incredible guide. Unforgettable. ☺️