Conquer The Desert With The Ultimate Dubai Desert Safari Guide

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Dubai is synonymous with luxury, state-of-the-art infrastructure and a traditional Bedouin culture with roots that lie in the dunes of the Arabian Desert. Though images of modern Dubai paint a picture of skyscrapers congregated along the Persian Gulf, the desert culture has been kept alive and you can experience it at one of the many desert safaris held throughout the neighboring desert grounds.

Included in a typical Dubai desert safari are traditional activities such as falconry, camel riding, henna painting, sheesha smoking, barbeques and traditional dance forms such as belly dance and tanoura. But that’s not it. Desert safaris in Dubai are extremely popular for offering a wide array of desert adventure activities such as dune bashing in a 4x4, sandboarding, dune buggy riding, quad biking, hot air ballooning and more.

Go through this guide and discover some of the best desert safaris in Dubai. Whether you're looking for a thrilling, adventure sports based safari or want to indulge in luxury, you'll find a safari of your choice here.

A Typical Dubai Desert Safari Experience

So what does a typical desert safari experience in Dubai look like? Allow us to paint a picture.

A typical desert safari begins at your doorstep where you will be picked up by your safari guide. You will then be driven out of the city to the desert camp, usually in the Red Lahbab desert or the Dubai Conservation Reserve. At the desert, the first experience is usually a thrilling session of dune bashing in a 4x4 - imagine Hummers, Land Cruisers and Range Rovers. While you are tucked safely in your 4x4, an expert driver will take you for a thrilling ride over the sand dunes in what can only be described as a gentle washing machine experience on a rollercoaster in the desert.

At the camp, you can participate in other desert adventure sports such as dune buggy riding where you can drive over the dunes in a specially designed vehicle; quadbiking and sandboarding, a sport that resembles snowboarding but on sandy desert dunes and volcano slopes. While kids can enjoy these activities in the company of an adult, their absolute favourite attraction at a desert camp is camel riding. Some desert safaris also have falconry where you can experience the ancient tradition of falcon hunting.

As the sun sets, you will settle down for an evening of entertainment and dinner. The dinner served at desert safaris are usually 3-course buffet dinners with cuisines from around the world. While you enjoy your dinner in the open desert air, local performers will showcase their amazing belly and tanoura dance skills, bringing the evening to a close.

Types of Dubai Desert Safaris


Morning Desert Safari

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Head to the desert as the sun begins to rise and casts tall shadows across the desert landscape. Fresh from a night's recovery, the desert in the morning is at its most enjoyable, with perfect lighting and cool temperatures. From hot-air balloon expeditions and wildlife safaris to camel rides and quad biking in the desert, morning desert safaris should definitely be on your list of things to do in Dubai.

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Evening Desert Safari

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If a quintessential desert experience is what you're looking for, then an evening desert safari should be your go to choice. With experiences designed to provide you with an authentic desert feel, these safaris are the most popular desert safaris. If you're looking to participate in adventure activities, watch traditional entertainment as you enjoy a lavish dinner, then evening desert safaris are for you.

Check out our in-depth evening desert safari guide to learn more and find the best evening safaris. Read More

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Best Desert Safari Adventures


The relentless desert landscape, makes for an ideal setting for you to experience traditional desert activities such as camel riding to modern adventure sports such as quad biking, sand boarding, dune buggy riding, fat tire biking, horse riding and hot air ballooning. If an exhilarating adrenaline-pumping experience is how you want to remember the desert, then these adventure desert safaris are perfect for you.

Check out our extensive adventure desert safari guide to learn more and see below the best adventures you can experience in Dubai deserts.
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Your Desert Safari Handy Guide


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1. Wear comfortable clothing
Casual comfortable clothes would be an ideal choice for an evening desert safari for you to enjoy all the fun activities there. Its preferable to wear open shoes, flip flops or sandals as footwear as you will be getting in and out of the vehicle frequently onto the sand.

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2. Listen to your instructors
Dune bashing can be a rough roller coaster experience. Keep it in mind if you are old, have a small child or have any other health issues. Do listen to your instructor carefully while performing the activities, especially the adventure ones to ensure you stay safe.

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3. Carry the right things
Carrying a thin jacket or a stole is advisable for the evening as deserts tend to get nippy at night. Sunglasses are very helpful as sand tends to get into your eyes and can ruin your experience. Take lots of sunscreen as well for obvious reasons.

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4. Choose the right time to go
The best time to go for a desert safari is during a winter evening. Summers are unconditionally hot while mornings quickly move from cool to hot. Evenings are the best time because you not only get to catch a wonderful sunset but the afternoon quickly gives way to the night which is much cooler.

Best Desert Safari Tickets and Deals


With so many options and experiences available, you can pick a Dubai desert safari of your choice. To find a safari that suits you best, check our guide on how to find the best desert safaris in Dubai.

In the section below, you will find a select number of experiences that are the most popular Dubai desert safaris. From morning camel safaris to wildlife expeditions and hot-air balloon rides, you can find them all here.

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Evening Dune Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner + Live Entertainment

AED 389

• Hotel pick up and drop off in a 4x4 vehicle
• Safari guide
• Driving the latest four-seater, off-road dune buggy
• Driving and safety gear
• Short Camel Ride, Sand Boarding
• Shisha and BBQ Dinner Buffet
• Belly Dancing, Tanoura Dance and Fire dance

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