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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.


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.


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

It could not be better, awesome, great Adventure!

Thank you Babil, you was really cool and smart guy. You rock the dunes in the Car. The pictures and the movies are a blast! Really nice. Your advices on our spots were on points and you give us a little bit the feeling to be a arabic homie. Thank you very much for everything. The Pictures and the Videos will be soon on our Site.

Fabulous experience, well worth giving a go.

I was a bit sceptical when booking. Yes it is a touristy thing to do, but the organisation was spot on. You see real desert. Camel ride is short but fun. The food, drink and entertainment is spot on. Arabian adventures were excellent.
Dubai: Sundowner Desert Safari and Dinner Reviewed by Guy, 10/16/2016

Very good, well organized, very nice and frindly guides!!

- good drive - very yummy food - good service and nice camp everything was perfect and money was worth it we can totally recommand it with Ocean Travel
Dubai Desert Safari: BBQ-Falcon Experience-Sandboarding Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/15/2016

The most exciting adventure that I ever had!

There is no way not to do such a trip. We were also lucky enough to get the best guide, called Yasir. He was so friendly. You better watch out your head while driving down the desert, those dunes are really tricky. After all that experience, you can enjoy a traditional meal in the middle of nowehere, where you can watch the stars while eating. It was so delicious.
Dubai: Sundowner Desert Safari and Dinner Reviewed by Maximilian, 10/13/2016

Exhilarating experience ending with an authentic dinner and show

One of the best experiences starting with the wonderful views of Dubai from the 126th floor of the Burj Khalifa, then being picked up by FWD and taken on the sand dunes of the desert. I can't tell you how scary it was but those drivers were amazing... on many times I thought the car woul roll on the dunes, but the skill of the driver amazed me. itvwas thrilling and so exciting. The last stop was at a campsite where dinner was prepared in a great setting. Camel riding was offered, I would definitely do this activity again and well worth the money.
Dubai Desert Safari with Burj Khalifa (Ticket Only) Reviewed by Mirella, 10/10/2016

Dubai Desert Safaris
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