Dubai Desert Safari Guide

About Dubai Desert Safari

Widely popular with tourists, a Desert Safari is definitely one of the best ways to explore the rich affairs of Dubai. This off-road trip to the arid desert terrain is laced with a refreshing ambience, that is different from the usual city life. You get to indulge in exciting adventure activities such as Dune Bashing, Camel Safari, Dune Buggy ride and Quad Biking among others through this safari. Not only this, you can indulge in joyous experiences such as sandboarding on the dunes of the desert and enjoy the adrenaline rush.Engage in the fun elements of the Bedouin lifestyle as you participate in henna designing and admire the live dance performances by expert Tanoura & Belly dancers. Sum up your day with a delicious Barbeque buffet spread with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options later in the evening.

Desert Safari Dubai offers a variety of experiences that are perfect for everyone, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a fun family outing, a luxury desert safari or a rich cultural endeavor.

With numerous Dubai Desert Safari deals you get to choose the perfect package whether you are traveling with your family and friends or with your partner. Get the most out of your desert safari experience through all-inclusive packages available here. Not only will these deals let you explore the golden gem of Dubai Desert, but will also allow you to add more exciting activities into your day. Multiple options that are available in these packages allow you to explore one of the most popular tourist activities in Dubai. The inclusion of thrilling activities, Barbeque buffet dinner, cultural performances and convenient transportation makes it ideal for different kinds of people.

Dubai Safari Combo Deals

The best way to explore the wonders of Dubai, a famous tourist destination, is to club both cultural heritage and modern marvels in a single package. Explore multiple options available which take you through the beautiful city of Dubai to the sublime desert along with optional experiences.

The Dubai combo packages and deals offer city tours that will take you through some of the most beautiful attractions. From the Burj Khalifa to the Dubai Aquarium, you can combine your Dubai Desert Tickets with numerous additional destinations as a combo. Visiting Dubai with your loved ones? Take them on an exciting city tour, then explore one of the tallest buildings in the world and later conquer the sand dunes in the desert.

Adventure Activities in Dubai Desert

For the thrill-seeker in you, Dubai Desert safari offers a variety of adventure activities ranging from easy to challenging in difficulty levels. During Desert Safari in Dubai you get to explore the best of these activities including Dune Bashing, Quad Biking, Hot Air Ballooning, dune buggy ride and sandboarding among others.

Expect to be thoroughly thrilled during these experiences as you try to conquer the ever changing sand dunes on a quad bike or a Dune Buggy. With exciting adventure things to do in Dubai’s desert you are sure to enjoy a great time with your friends and family.

Dubai Desert Safari Tour Overview

Pickup and Drop
Types of Safari Options
About the Activity
  • Select the best Desert Safari in Dubai and get instant confirmation of the chosen package.
  • With convenient round trip transfers, these packages also include a Barbeque buffet of various vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for you along with unlimited refreshments.
  • Admire the breathtaking views of the sunset in the majestic Arabian desert on this safari and get photo opportunities to capture the beauty in a frame.
  • To up the adrenaline, you can indulge in a variety of thrilling activities including Quad Biking, Dune Buggy rides among others.
  • If you are looking for some privacy you can choose to relax in a special ‘Majlis’ tent with a great view of the main stage and enjoy live performances with your loved ones.
  • Pickup and drop: Round trip transfers in shared vehicles from Hotels/Common meeting points/Homes are included in this package for your convenience. Get a chance to interact with fellow travelers as you embark on this wonderful journey to explore the desert.
  • Pickup Points:
  • Dragon Mart (Location: Al Awir Road - International City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates)
  • Spinneys (Location: Cedre Villas Community Center - Community Mal, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Cedre Villas Silicon Mall - Dubai - United Arab Emirates)
  • Lulu Hypermarket - Al Barsha (Location: 1 Umm Suqeim St - Al Barsha - Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates)
  • City Center Deira (Location: 8th St - Port Saeed - Dubai - United Arab Emirates)
  • Timings: 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • Dubai Desert Safari: Set out to explore the arid desert terrain and get closer to the culture of Dubai as you enjoy a scrumptious barbeque dinner with live Tanoura or Belly dance performances.
  • Luxury Desert Safari Dubai : Add a touch of luxury to your desert safari experience with this package and book yourself special seats at the VIP ‘Majlis’ tent with bolsters and cushions to feel comfortable. This package gives you a private space where you can relax with your loved ones as you enjoy the exciting performances.
  • Desert Safari in Dubai with a 20 minute Dune Buggy ride: Along with a great safari experience, this 20 minute Dune Buggy ride is a must try while going for a Desert Safari in Dubai. A dedicated vehicle to explore the sand dunes of the desert, Dune Buggy is popular among people looking for some classic adventure.
  • Dubai Desert Safari with 150 CC Quad Biking experience: Fancy yourself a little adventure while exploring the Arabian desert? This package is just for you! Perfect for people who are trying such an activity for the first time, a Quad Biking experience for 20 minutes will surely satisfy the adventure seeker in you.
  • Desert Safari in Dubai with 350 CC Quad Biking experience: Enjoy the best of Dubai Desert Safari and more as you relish the adrenaline rush while riding a Quad Bike over the challenging sand dunes. For 20 minutes straight you will get to ride this beast and enjoy maximum thrills.

Meals: Tea and Arabic Coffee- A traditional Barbeque dinner buffet (Veg and Non-veg).

Round-trip transportation: Round trip transfers to and from the desert in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle, on a sharing basis.

Recreational activities: Fire show, Belly Dance performance, Tanoura Dance performance, Camel Ride, Photo opportunities to capture the mesmerizing desert sunset views.

Be prepared for a day of fun and amusement as you go for a session of Desert Safari in Dubai. Start your tour with a shared vehicle picking you up from a predetermined destination and this is where your adventure begins. You will get to interact with fellow travelers while sharing the vehicle as you set out on this unforgettable journey.

Begin the real adventure with a thrilling dune-bashing ride over the ever-changing sand dunes of the majestic desert. After this enthralling session you will be greeted with truly mesmerizing sunset views. Capture these surreal moments with the vast desert providing you a perfect backdrop for your images.

Later in the day you get to indulge in exciting activities including Henna designing and Camel Safari among others. Conclude the day with mouth-watering Barbeque dinner while enjoying the live performances at the campsite. Lastly, take away a box full of beautiful memories with you with the final drop off.

Dubai Desert Safari Options

Morning Safaris

Start your day with the thrilling view of morning hues and rays of the sun, falling on the dunes and offering a glistening scenery of sand dunes. Indulge in a dune bashing ride and leave the mundane city life to explore the majestic Arabian desert with this specially curated Morning Safari. Promising you an unforgettable sunrise, this morning safari boasts of golden sand, local flavors, thrilling adventures and much more that you will enjoy.

You get to choose from a variety of options available in the package, from Shared/Private transportation to a Quad Biking experience of 20/60 minutes along with other additional activities such as sandboarding. Before going back to the city, indulge in the regional delicacies at the campsite and treat yourself with the authentic Arabian flavors.

Timings: 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Duration: 04 hours (approximately)

Evening Safaris

Sign up for an exciting evening to explore the majestic desert and get closer to the culture of Dubai. Take an adventurous turn as you go Quad Biking over the challenging terrain of the desert, followed by reaching the sunset point to gaze at the serenity of nature. In the Evening Desert Safari Tour or glide through the golden desert and enjoy sandboarding.

After the mind blowing Dune experience head to the campsite and indulge in various activities including Henna design and admire the live Tanoura/Belly dance performances. It gets even better with a delicious spread of Barbeque Buffet Dinner with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options along with unlimited snacks and refreshing beverages.

Timings: 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Duration: 06 hours (approximately)

Overnight Safari

Offering you an ultimate all-inclusive experience, Overnight Safari takes you through the desert to explore the best of Dubai’s culture. Indulge in exhilarating activities like Dune bashing, sand boarding and camel riding among others, and later enjoy a good time with your friends making memories smoking Shisha in the common area.

Spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy camping under the starlit sky after a scrumptious Barbeque dinner with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The stunning views of sunset and sunrise of the Arabian desert and captivating dance performances included in this package are the real cherry on top.

Timings: 02:30 PM of Day 1 to 08:30 AM of Day 2

Red Dune Safari

Conquer the red dunes of the Arabian desert in a thrilling safari ride and enjoy the panoramic views with unmatched beauty around the sunset. Embrace the culture of Dubai as you engage in henna designing, admire the live performances or appreciate the local flavors of a Barbeque dinner spread. Add on to the ongoing fun with Dune Buggy rides or 150/350CC Quad Bike rides, you can even go for a sandboarding adventure over the majestic sand dunes.

Timings: 02:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Duration: 06 hours (approximately)

VIP Safari

Dubai Desert Safari gets even better with the exclusive ‘Majlis’ tents where you get to enjoy your privacy during the performances. You get to interact with fellow travelers in the group during shared transfers and Dune bashing while keeping a secluded section of the experience reserved with your loved ones.

This Safari takes you across the desert to enjoy a wonderful evening like the royals as you indulge in recreational activities sitting in the Majlis. Relish in the international buffet spread with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in a cozy and fun atmosphere.

Timings: 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Duration: 06 hours (approximately)

Private safari

Embark on a romantic journey with your partner chasing the sunset through the rugged terrain of Al Awir desert. Appreciate the thrills of adventure as you go for dune bashing over the sand dunes and indulge in the local delicacies in the buffet dinner later at night with your partner.

In addition to the solace and privacy, one will also get to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the sunset in a cozy setting or try out the beautiful henna design during this experience. This Private desert safari experience is enhanced even further by the delicious Champagne paired with amazing dance performances at the campsite.

Timings: 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Duration: 06 hours (approximately)

Things to Do in Dubai Desert

Dune Bashing

Looking for the most adventurous things to do in Dubai Desert? Then Dune Bashing over varying sand dunes in the Arabian desert is the perfect experience for you. Embark on a thrilling ride in a 4X4 vehicle for an off-roading experience over the sand which requires great skill.

You have to maintain the balance of the vehicle using varying speeds while going up or coming down from the dunes. Navigating this challenging terrain is somewhat difficult but surely rewarding, which is why every adventure seeker who goes to the desert engages themselves in this activity.

Hot Air Ballooning

An exciting way to explore the Arabian desert is going on a hot air balloon ride which takes you up to 3000 ft above the ground with a trained pilot. You are treated with aerial views of the golden sand dunes as you fly with the wind at speeds of around 9 kmph.

The beauty of this experience is enhanced due to the perfect timings that lets you admire the rising sun on the clear skies of Dubai. Offering the visitors one of a kind experience with a special falcon show that one can choose to enjoy during the ride, this activity is not to be missed while going to a desert in Dubai.

Quad Biking

A popular thing to do in Dubai Desert among tourists, Quad Biking over the challenging sand dunes will surely satisfy your desire for thrills. Unlike Dune bashing in an enclosed vehicle, you will get to experience the desert first hand as you go over the rugged terrain on this four-wheeler bike.

Depending on the type of engine you can try to reach your max speed while trying to maintain balance over the highs and lows of the dunes. Being a difficult activity only people over the age of 14 can partake in this exciting activity.

Camel Rides

One of the best ways of exploring the rugged terrain of the Arabian desert is riding the ship of the desert as this is a wonderful experience for everyone. That feeling of riding a camel, traversing through the vast sand dunes and the views of the breathtaking panoramas are truly worth it. Taking you closer to the culture of Dubai, Camel Rides in the desert are a must do activity.


Imagine riding a surfboard in the middle of the desert! Except for this time you are not riding seawaves or going over snow but actually sliding over the sand dunes of the Arabian desert. Sandboarding presents you with a unique experience that the adventure enthusiast in you will surely cherish.

Although sandboarding is not that difficult, it is surely challenging as you try to maintain balance going for a smooth ride. Easily an interesting thing to do in Dubai Desert, sandboarding is a preferred sport for many travelers.

Dune Buggy

The Dune Buggy is a recreational motor vehicle, riding which will add the much required thrill into your vacation. These vehicles have a capacity of 2 people at once, and have a powerful motor which is capable enough to take people towards the top of sand dunes without much of a hassle. Specially designed dune buggies are perfect for an exciting evening in the middle of the desert. Preferred by many tourists, a Dune buggy can reach speeds of up to 80 kmph giving the rider an ultimate thrilling experience.

Traditional Dance performances & Fire shows

Live performances at the campsites of Dubai’s desert are a perfect way to sum up the grand evening. Dancers and performers prepare special acts just for your entertainment where they display their skills and play with fire!

From Tanoura dance, Belly dance to Fire shows and brilliant combinations of all three, these live performances bring you closer to the art and culture of Dubai. You are invited to join in the dancers if you feel the grove in some of the performances.

Dine in the Desert

Dining under the starlit sky with your loved ones enjoying a delicious spread of Barbeque buffet is the perfect way to make the most of your desert safari experience. The cool breeze and lively atmosphere at the campsites make the dinner even more enjoyable.

Taste the flavors of Arabic cuisine with the various options available in the buffet dinner. Considering everyone’s choices, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are offered for the guests in the wonderful evening safari experiences. Dinner in the desert is perfect for a family outing, hanging out with friends as well as a date with your partner.

Why Go For Dubai Desert Safari?

  • Experience the ultimate thrill while Dune bashing over the sand dunes of the Arabian desert.
  • Enjoy the exciting activities that take you closer to Dubai’s cultural heritage such as henna designing, Tanoura & Belly dance performances and live Fire shows among others.
  • Indulge in a delicious Barbeque spread consisting of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes laced with native arabic spices.
  • Witness the most surreal views of the desert during sunrise and/or sunset while exploring the desert.
  • Ride the ship of the desert and enjoy the regional exotic experiences as you go for an unforgettable Camel Safari.
  • Camp under the starry sky in the middle of the desert with your loved ones.
  • Experience the royal life of Dubai as you smoke Shisha sitting comfortably in the private Majlis tent enjoying the live performances.
  • Explore unique experiences such as sandboarding over the sand dunes.
  • Get a chance to capture yourself dressed in traditional Arab outfits at the campsites.

Know Before you Go For Dubai Desert Safari

Other Essentials
What to Wear on a Desert Safari
Best Time to Go For Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari is carried out in multiple location wherein one can enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding hills, animals as well as the scenic sand dunes. Some of the popular locations include:

  • Hatta Mountains Area
  • Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Lahbab Desert
  • Timings- For the Morning Desert Safari: 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM (approximately)- For the Overnight Desert Safari: 02:30 PM of Day 1 to 08:30 AM of Day 2 (approximately)- For other Safaris: 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM (approximately)Timings will vary depending on the package chosen by you, however every Safari experience usually takes about 6 hours except for the Overnight Desert Safari.
  • Transfers- With options of convenient transfers in different packages, you can either book a seat-in-coach (shared basis) or a private vehicle as per your requirements.
  • Budget- Desert Safari Dubai prices start as low as INR 1900/ AED 90 and goes up till INR 11,000/ AED 530. You can choose the best suitable option for you from the wide selection of packages.

As you may already know, the weather in the Desert during the day is quite hot and becomes really cold after sundown. So the best suitable fabric to wear in a desert safari is either cotton or linen. So you should focus on what to wear which is appropriate for summers and carry a windbreaker or light jacket that you can wear in case you feel cold later.

Dresses are not recommended for the ladies if they want to indulge in quad biking, camel safari or sandboarding as your dress may restrict your body’s movements preventing you from enjoying to the fullest.

Considering the weather conditions throughout the year, the months from November to March are comparatively cool and pleasant which makes your visit to Dubai even better during this time.

If you are considering the best time of day to go for Desert Safari in Dubai, you should choose an experience that lets you enjoy the mesmerizing sunset views over the sandy landscape or admire the rising glory of sunrise in the Arabian desert.

Dubai Desert Safari Tips

  • For foreign tourists; Make sure you carry your passport, photo ID proof and other important documents with you at all times during your visit to Dubai.
  • Carry sunblock, sunglasses, hat or cap and a water bottle in a small backpack/bag for your convenience.
  • If you have faced issues with Motion Sickness before, consult a doctor and take the necessary prescription as you may feel uncomfortable during the safari going over Dunes.
  • You may want to capture these amazing moments so make sure you have your camera/phone charged.
  • Try to have a pleasant time with your fellow travelers if going for a shared experience.
  • Please respect the beliefs and culture of the locals and do not litter your surroundings in the desert.

FAQ's of Desert Safari Dubai

What should I wear on a Dubai Desert Safari?

  • Comfortable clothes appropriate for warm weather with fabrics such as cotton/linen.
  • Avoid dresses or any other clothing that may restrict your movement while going for thrilling activities such as camel safari, quad biking and sandboarding among others.
  • Carry a second layer such as a windbreaker or a light jacket in case you may feel cold during the late evening.
  • Cap/Hat is a must carry item while going for a Desert Safari Dubai.

What are the different types of Desert Safaris in Dubai?

The Arabian desert has a variety of experiences to offer you, including:

  • Morning Safari where you can marvel at the rising sun.
  • Evening Safari to admire the captivating sunset and indulge in local delicacies.
  • Overnight Safari in which you get to camp under the star-studded sky in the middle of the desert and admire both sunset and sunrise.
  • VIP safari with secluded time to enjoy a great experience while sharing the journey with fellow travelers.
  • Private Safari which is enhanced by the glass of Champagne with your partner or dear ones.
  • Red Dune Safari that comes equipped with the thrilling adventures of the desert including quad biking, dune buggy ride, etc.

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What should I bring on a Dubai Desert Safari?

  • Photo ID proofs, passport and other important documents (for foreign tourists)
  • Sunblock, cap or hat, sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Camera or a phone

How do I reach the Desert for the Safari?

All the Dubai Desert Safari packages available here include convenient round trip transfers for all guests so you don’t need to worry about reaching the desert all by yourself. You will be contacted by the vendor to confirm the pickup time and location to make your travel arrangements to the desert safari comfortable.

What is the best time to visit Desert Safari in Dubai?

The comparatively cool and pleasant months of November to March make it ideal to explore the marvelous Arabian desert. When considering the time of the day make sure you choose a package that lets you admire the natural beauty of sunrise and sunset in the desert.

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