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

We enjoyed a fantastic afternoon & evening taking this trip. Our guide Mujeeb Rehmann from Funtours Dubai was very much taking care and on top a fantastic driver mastering the spectacular dunes! He provided us a lot of interesting information and insights during this time. All single activities of the trip have been carefully pre-selected and our guide made sure we'll get the best out of it. We had such a nice time and cannot complain at all! If to mention something which could have been even better - this would be the dinner. While the staff at the camp was very nice, the quality of the food was average although plenty to eat was served. To summarize - we had a lot of fund and can recommend this trip if you want to take fantastic memories with you!

Female solo traveler here, I booked this the night before and was promptly confirmed. Overall trip was a blast!!! strongly recommend you book this trip even just by yourself. Sheru was my driver, very lovely guy and easy to talk to. Any questions I had he would answer. There was all men at the atv site but never once did I feel unsafe. rode around on the biggest atv (a MUST do if you're going out to the desert) at a discount. Then headed off to the desert for dune bashing which was thrilling and a little scary, but not too crazy. Then after a million pictures and some light shopping at the tire refilling place, we went back to the hotel. I would surely do this activity again.

Karnail did an awesome job! The tour was fantastic and he provided us with so many awesome pictures and videos! The tour itself would’ve been so perfect without him. Wish we could rate 6 stars, we highly recommend!! Make your Dubai trip unforgettable with this once in a lifetime experience

Ismail, our tour guide, made this trip a truly unforgettable experience as he was extremely helpful and friendly. The quad tour with him was so much fun and really worth it. Thank you, Ismail, so much, we can definitely recommend this trip!

It was the greatest pleasure to have a tour guide like Mr Brown. We have experienced the greatest tour. He is very kind, friendly, and he is at the service all the time