Note: The timings mentioned depend on various factors and may differ slightly on the day of your safari.
The question you should ask instead, is why NOT go for a desert safari in Dubai? You’ll find 50 reasons why you should try out this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Unique desert landscape? Check ✓
Nail-biting adventure activities? Check ✓
All-inclusive experience with meals & entertainment? Check ✓
While this barely scratches the surface, let’s actually convince you to go ahead and book a desert safari in Dubai.
You’ve seen sandy beaches and sky-high mountains – but have you actually visited a desert? The raw, unique landscape boasts an endless expanse of golden sand dunes, as far as your eyes can see! And imagine this, the magnificent cherry on top is an unobstructed view of the glorious sunsets that only a desert landscape can witness. Need added incentive? Spot rare wildlife like the Arabian oryx, Arabian gazelle, and even the Pharaoh eagle.
Now that the landscape has you convinced, the next important reason to actually visit the desert is to sink your feet in and explore. Go for a gritty dune buggy or quad biking experience to actually drive through the desert! Try sandboarding and feel the rush as you zoom across the sand dunes. With your family and friends, enjoy the thrill of dune bashing as you feel the bumps and jolts while you drive along the dunes.
After all the adventure, you are bound to feel like you can eat a meal worth 3 people. All desert safaris include a massive BBQ buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner [depending on the safari you choose]. You’ll be treated to a delicious assortment of local delicacies, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, along with kahwa, dessert, refreshments, and more. Eat to your heart’s content and then some!
Like any country on this planet, the UAE is home to local tribes that built its foundation – the Bedouins, a vast tribe with a fascinating history of survival. On a desert safari, you have the rare opportunity to meet the Bedouins, engage in conversation about their life and lifestyle, eat their freshly prepared meals, hop on for a camel ride, and even – if you are lucky – stay in a local camp!
The photo opportunities in a desert, like any other natural landscape, are endless. Who wouldn’t want a photo with the backdrop of a magnificent sunset right behind them? Get some frame-worthy shots of your adventurous side as you drive a dune buggy or glide across the dunes. Capture the wild animals and birds around, make memories of the graceful belly dancers and performers, and more.
No visit to Dubai is complete without a desert safari. It’s the only way to truly understand and experience the vast range of extraordinary things you can do in Dubai. Step back, head away from the city, and spend your day in the mysterious desert.
The most sought-after question: just how do you make a decision to choose the right desert safari? So many factors to consider, from budget and safari type to inclusions, location, and more.
If this question has you baffled, don’t worry, we’ve broken it down into easy-to-consume information and also provided recommended experiences to help you make a quick, informed decision.
Pre-booking [premium vs standard point]
Before we get into the process of how to choose the best desert safari, here are some basics to know about the kind of experiences you are about to encounter.
Deciding between a morning or evening safari is crucial when booking your Dubai desert adventure. Morning safaris offer a thrilling escape with breathtaking sunrises and adventure activities, ideal if you are looking to skip live entertainment and go for just the experience. On the other hand, evening safaris provide a more comprehensive experience with cultural immersion, live entertainment, and a delightful sunset. For a quick, adrenaline-fueled adventure, choose the morning safari. For a more leisurely, immersive experience, the evening safari awaits.
Our recommended morning safari: Sunrise Desert Safari with Picnic Breakfast
Our recommended evening safari: Red Dune Safari with Entertainment & BBQ Dinner
Dubai's summer months (May to October) bring hot and dry weather, with temperatures reaching up to 50°C (122°F). During these months, evening safaris are preferable due to cooler desert temperatures, which typically range from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F).
Winter months (October to April) offer pleasant temperatures suitable for both morning and evening safaris. During the day, temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), making morning safaris comfortable. Evenings are even cooler, with temperatures dropping to 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F), making evening safaris a cozy option to enjoy the desert's beauty under the stars.
Our recommended safari for the summer: Evening Red Dune Desert Safari with Buffet Dinner
Our recommended safari for the winter: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Farm Visit & Sandboarding
Desert safaris are a popular activity in Dubai, and there is a wide range of prices to choose from. Safaris typically range from AED 60 to AED 2000, with the price depending on the location, duration, activity inclusions, and other services and facilities offered.
Standard safaris (up to AED 200): These safaris are typically 4-6 hours long and include a short dune bashing and camel ride experience, followed by a simple buffet meal.
Recommended experience: Budget-Friendly Evening Desert Safari
Mid-range safaris (AED 200-AED 600): These safaris are typically 6-10 hours long and include a host of adventure activities, such as dune buggy riding, sandboarding, and quad biking. The buffet options are also more widespread.
Recommended experience: 20 Mins Quad Bike, Desert Safari & Entertainment
Premium safaris (AED 600 and above): These safaris are the ultimate desert experiences and offer comfort, luxury, and the opportunity to immerse yourself completely in local bedouin culture. They include all of the activities of the mid-range safaris, as well as wildlife safaris, stargazing, private transfers, and overnight stays.
Recommended experience: Ultra Luxury Desert Safari, Wildlife Tour & Fine Dining
A desert safari is incomplete without thrilling adventure activities. Standard safaris include dune bashing and camel rides. Depending on your chosen package, you can add quad biking, sandboarding, or dune buggy riding for a fee. Pick activities based on your interests and budget.
Dune bashing and camel rides suit families and groups, while solo travelers, couples, and smaller groups prefer sandboarding, quad biking, and dune buggy rides. Activity durations vary by safari; standard options offer 10-minute quad biking and 15-minute dune bashing, while higher-priced safaris provide 20-30 minutes of quad biking and 40-45 minutes of dune bashing.
Recommended experience for standard activities: Red Dune Safari with Entertainment & BBQ Dinner
Recommended experience for premium activities: Premium Red Dunes Desert Safari in Dubai
Another interesting factor to consider when looking for the perfect Dubai desert safari is the duration of each experience. Once you decide on whether you want to go for a morning or evening desert safari, you can narrow down on the duration.
Morning safaris typically last between 3-6 hours, usually starting from a 7 am pick-up. Due to the early nature of this experience, once you are done, you’ll have the whole day to explore the city and get through your itinerary.
Since evening safaris are ideal for travelers looking for a complete desert experience, these last longer. You can easily expect to spend your entire evenings in the desert, sometimes up to 9 hours. Typical pick up times are from 3 pm. Consider evening safaris only if you have the time and space in your schedule to experience all activities to the fullest.
Now that you have narrowed down your options based on our suggestions, here’s a quick booking guide. In just 3 steps, you’ll have a confirmed booking.
Step 1: Click on Check Availability to see if the desert safari is available on your preferred date.
Step 2: If yes, select the preferred date and customize your package based on the activities you want to opt for.
Step 3: Update guest details and add the correct pick-up point for your transfers. Once done, make your payment and you’re read
Embrace the artistry of henna painting, a traditional practice that adorns hands and feet with intricate designs. Immerse yourself in the cultural significance of henna and create your own unique design as a souvenir of your desert adventure.
Witness the mesmerizing dance of belly dancing, a captivating art form that embodies grace, sensuality, and storytelling. Immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms and captivating movements of this traditional Arabic dance.
Indulge in a traditional barbecue dinner under the starlit sky, savoring the authentic flavors of Dubai's iconic dishes. Delight in the mouthwatering aromas and tantalizing tastes of shawarma, falafel, hummus, and other culinary delights, creating a memorable gastronomic experience.
How do you choose the right Dubai desert safari location? Some of the best locations to go for a desert safari are:
1. Al Aweer Desert: about 35 minutes from the heart of the city, Deira City Centre. Find on maps.
2. Lahbab Desert: about 40 minutes from DCC. Find on maps.
3. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: about 40 minutes from DCC. Find on maps.
Factors to consider:
1. Activities: outer area locations like Lahbab desert are ideal for adventure activities like sandboarding and quad biking due to the large expanse of sand dunes.
2. Premium vs standard experience: if you are looking for a luxury experience which includes nature safaris, these generally take place at premium locations such as Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
3. Morning vs evening experience: locations like Al Aweer generally host morning experiences while larger desert locations like Lahbab, Hatta Mountains offer evening experiences to accommodate dining, live entertainment, and even overnight stays.
You might be wondering, considering the far-off location of the different desert safari locations, how would you go about planning your commute back and forth? If you need added incentive to book with us, we offer round-trip return transfers on all our desert safaris. You’ll travel in a comfortable 4x4 air-conditioned vehicle with a local driver who will engage in interesting conversation during your journey. How does this work?
1. Direct pick up: We pick you up directly from your hotel located in Dubai. The driver will arrive at your location at a previously-agreed upon time, and drop you back to the hotel after the safari.
2. Meeting point: Or, we pick you up from one of many common pick-up points in the city. You’ll have the option of choosing a convenient location near you. You’ll be picked up at a previously-agreed upon time and dropped back to the meeting point after the experience.
Morning Safari: Opt for loose, comfortable clothing, such as linen pants and cotton shirts, to protect you from the sun and keep you cool.
Evening Safari: Layer with a sweater or light jacket to combat the cooler desert temperatures.
Accessories: Keep it simple with a hat and sunglasses for a morning safari or a sweater/shawl and a small water bottle for an evening safari.
Shoes: Closed-toe shoes, like sneakers or boots, are recommended to protect your feet from the hot sand and prevent sand from entering during activities like sandboarding and quad-biking.
Since all our desert safaris include full breakfast/lunch or dinner meals, we would recommend you eat light. Maybe a quick snack like cereal, a sandwich, or a smoothie would keep you full until it’s time for your dining experience. Avoid heavy, greasy, or oily meals since you may feel nauseous during activities like dune bashing, which includes lots of movement.
While there’s no health restriction limit for any guest to experience the thrill of a desert safari, adventure activities like dune bashing, quad biking, etc., are not recommended for pregnant women or guests with heart conditions, respiratory conditions, epilepsy, etc. If you have a doubt about your medical condition, it’s best to get advice from your local physician.
Age: the only age restriction on desert safari experiences is for adventure activities. Children under the age of 3 are not permitted to try dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding, and dune buggy rides.
There is a wide variety of Dubai Desert Safari tickets, including Morning Desert Safari, Evening Desert Safari, Adventure Safaris, Luxury Safaris, and much more.
Yes, you can easily book Dubai Desert Safari tickets online.
Dubai Desert Safaris can include a wide variety of activities and facilities and the prices for the same may also vary drastically. The prices start from AED 97.50 and you can look at the various options online.
Depending on the tickets you choose, your Dubai Desert Safari tickets can include adventure activities, live shows, delicious food, exploring the desert, Bedouin culture experience, and much more.
You can choose from a variety of adventure activities for your Dubai Desert Safari, including Dune Bashing, Quad Biking, Dune Buggy, Sandboarding, etc.
Yes, all your Dubai Desert Safari tickets will include transfers from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. Simply give your tour guide the name and location of your hotel to get picked up.
With combinations of desert activities you can’t find anywhere else, traditional experiences, and interaction with wildlife, Dubai Desert Safaris are one-of-a-kind experiences that every travel enthusiast should experience at least once.
The cancellation policy for your Dubai Desert Safari tickets will depend on the type of experience you pick. While some offer free cancellations with full refunds, some can’t be amended or rescheduled. Please check your ticket for information on the same.
Your combo includes a desert safari experience, along with the option of trying out experiences like a visit to the Burj Khalifa or Dubai Aquarium, entry into theme parks or a Dhow cruise.
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing with open-toe shoes on a Desert Safari in Dubai.