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

I strongly recommend this tour to travelers in Dubai. It was actually the time of our week trip for my dad, my girlfriend and my dad. Nasir picked us up at the hotel on time and we went straight to the quad adventure, after a small hour drive we arrived to a shared platform for all trips and I was a bit afraid of what was going to happen (we didn't want to be surrounded by many tourists). But we quickly went on our respective quad bike and starting riding in the middle of the desert, just with our small group. One guide was leading and one guide was closing the train behind us, making sure everyone is alright. This is the absolute fun. The difficulty level was set exactly right, delighting and challenging at the same time. The guides were then super friendly helping us taking awesome pictures in the best desert spot. In total we were riding for more than 90 minutes which is more than enough. The evening dinner and show were amazing too. Thank you Nasir. Unforgettable desert trip!!!!!

From start to finish our experience was amazing thanks to our guide Habib. He was so so accommodating and extremely friendly. He arrived early to pick us up and didn’t create a fuss when we came down slightly late and even told us to take our time. My brother was feeling quite sick throughout the ride and he was ever so helpful by driving slow on the dunes where he felt it would make my brother feel worse, and even stopping as and when required to allow my brother to get fresh air. Overall, it was an amazing excursion and Habib made it all the more better with his understanding and also chit chat along the way :)

Highly recommended. The driver (Mohammed) picked us up at our hotel and took us to the desert where the activities are done. He was always paying attention and taking care of the group, and explaining the activities included and what things were optional. During the dinner we were on a VIP room where all the drinks and food were brought by some waiters. The rest had buffet and they had to serve themselves. Mohammed is an incredible driver and made the dune experience really thrilling. My kids (12 and 15 years old) really loved the tour.

I had a great experience. Nabeel was super friendly and he is a really good driver so you can feel safe. He’s also very fun and takes awesome pictures! You should book it, you won’t regret it. The tour is amazing for what you pay.

Our driver, Mujeeb was outstanding and very professional. He even accommodated all our requests and went the ‘extra mile’ for us. Great experience, super service - can only recommend to everyone! 5 stars!