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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

On time and fun! Much cheaper than others.

It was a wonderful experience from the pick from the Hotel until the drop off on time. The driver DANIEL his interaction with us made it much more fun. He was very funny and respectful to our group of nice. I couldn't have ask for a better driver.

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Reviewed by JUDIAN, 02/21/2017

Well, this safari saved my short stay in UAE and made it worth coming.

Dubai was my last stop on the way home. I've stopped here to do some scuba diving and booked additional activities. My diving was cancelled due to a weather conditions so I started to think my whole short stay didn't make any sense... until I get on board 4x4 Land Cruiser with Umesh who drove us through a desert and helped all of these listed activities happened. Thanks!

The trip was amazing and value for money.

The trip was memorable and value for money. Everything was on schedule starting from pickup to drop off. Out guide Mr.Imran was very informative and kind and very helpful. Ask for him, if u go to visit. I have been to other desert safari too but this is better than others.

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Reviewed by Vikram, 02/19/2017

More than expected; would totally recommend

We booked online without anz further planning cause we didn't need to. It was a great day. We were picked up and brought back to the hotel safely and got to know cool guys from other countries. Everything was well planned and we got more than expected! The drive through the desert was great fun and the driver experienced. The camp was nice, clean and the activities as well as the served food more than enough and good! I'd totally recommend the trip into the desert! I'd like to point out the driver - shajahan - very friendly and well experienced; he's able to capture very good vacation pictures; we felt very safe with his driving skills; he explained a lot through the whole trip about the desert and Dubai!

Amazeballs... Fantastic... Out of this World...

One often reads about going on a desert safari and thinks about how great it will be... well all I can say is that it is amazing x 10... really the highlight of my trip to Dubai... firstly, my driver (ARAFADH) was great... He was on time, was hospitable, and was the one leading the other vehicles during the 4x4 Dune bashing... he chose the best routes in the desert and we felt safe while he was driving... really enjoyed his company and was always helpful when we had a question. The whole desert safari experience is great and seamless... from quad biking to 4x4 bashing to riding camels and experiencing some great Emiratee culture ( dressing up, smoking shisha, holding a hawk)... it really blew my mind away... Rayna Tours organized the whole excursion surperbly and they even called at he end of the trip to find out how it went... I would recommend them as the tour company for desert safaris...

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