A trip to Dubai is not complete without a desert safari. I still remember the very first desert safari I went on: it was absolutely incredible! There were camels, good food, shisha and of course dune bashing! Because I love desert safaris so much, I have put together a list of the best desert safaris in Dubai.
One thing I would honestly say is that it really will make a difference when you book your desert safari online. Sure: your hotel will probably have a concierge service or a travel agent they work with that will be able to book the desert safari for you – but the few times I enquired (I was curious as to how much it would cost!) the prices they quoted were an absolute rip off! One of them shoved a flyer under my nose for a $90 desert safari – while we went on THAT EXACT SAME ONE just a month earlier for $40. I would recommend booking your desert safari online because it can save you a lot of money!
Dubai Desert Safari Red Dune with BBQ, Camel Ride and Sandboarding
This is one of the Dubai desert safaris that ensures 7hrs of pure sandy adventure amidst the Red Arabian Desert, including a BBQ, or 4hrs without. You’ll be escorted in a 4WD vehicle with a live tour guide to the middle of the desert where you can experience dune bashing, sandboarding, and camel riding, including a visit to the camel farm. The evening will also include a traditional Tanoura dance, a fire show, and a belly dance show.
Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Al Khayma Camp
This is one of the bestsellers of all the desert safaris in Dubai, with a choice between a 4-hour half-day tour or a 7-hour full-day tour inclusive of dinner. You’ll be able to experience the Red Dunes while dune bashing, sandboarding, and repeated camel rides. The 7hr tour also includes an Arabian makeover, falcon experience, shisha smoking, henna painting, and the traditional tanoura and belly dance shows. You’ll end the tour with a mesmerizing sunset and BBQ dinner.
Dubai Private Falconry Safari
Unlike the other desert safaris in Dubai, this one will take you on a 5hr tour through nature with interactions with the Dubai falcon, hawk, eagle, and owl. You will be able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of visiting the untouched dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, learn about falconry including having a bird of prey trained to your gloved fist, and search for the houbara bustard, Arabian oryx and sand gazelle on the nature drive. You will experience the lush flora and fauna of the Arabian Peninsula and a luxurious breakfast.
Premium Red Dunes and Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp
You will be picked up by the Safari Captain to head to the Lahbab desert on this desert safari in Dubai, where you can experience sand boarding and dune bashing on the legendary Red Dunes, to be followed by traditional experiences that can only be felt on a desert safari in Dubai. You can also choose to experience a Quad bike or snowboard. The visit to the Al Khayma Desert Camp will include traditional welcome food and drinks and traditional dances.
Dubai Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Jet Ski Ride
This Dubai desert safari not only lets you experience the thrills of dune bashing, sandboarding ad camel rides through the endless views of the spectacular dunes, it also takes you on a jet ski adventure along the coastline of Dubai, so you get the best of both worlds in one go. You will be exploring the Red Dunes by day and the Jumeirah neighbourhood of Dubai by evening. You can also customize this Dubai desert safari to your liking by choosing only to do the desert safari, the camel ride, or the jet skiing, all three combined or a combination of just two.
Dubai desert safari 5-Hour Bedouin Desert Experience with Camel Caravan
Desert safaris in Dubai will not let you retrace the footsteps of the Bedouin tribes in Dubai, while in this one, you can do precisely that. You can immerse yourself in the Bedouin lifestyle by traveling the Dubai desert on a traditional camel caravan, watch a Bedouin falcon and Saluki dog demonstration, experience authentic Bédouine cuisine, and visit the Bedouin village in all its traditional glory and take part in traditions and daily rituals. You will also be able to witness the clear waters of the desert oasis in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.
Dubai desert safari Self-drive 2000cc Ranger-Dune Buggy
Experience one of the more extreme Dubai Desert Safaris around, this one is designed for the ultimate thrill-seeker. Apart from exploring the vast dunes of Dubai, embarking on activities such as sandboarding and camel riding, you will also be able to ride a customized dune buggy, all completely fitted with the necessary safety gear. You can choose between a 4-hour tour and a 6-hour evening tour. The evening tour will take you to a desert camp where you can experience Bedouin cultural activities with BBQ dinner.
Red Dunes and Camel Safari with Overnight Camp
This Dubai Desert Safari is designed for those who want to truly experience the desert safaris in Dubai in a local way. You can engage in desert experiences like dune bashing, sandboarding, and camel riding, which will be followed by a lavish BBQ buffet dinner, traditional belly dances, and an overnight stay in a typical Bedouin tent. You will be woken up in time for a spectacular sunrise camel trek & a traditional Arabian breakfast.
Hot Air Balloon Ride, Breakfast and Dubai Desert Safari
This is one of the most luxurious desert safaris in Dubai, letting you experience the Dubai deserts from an entirely different point of view. You will embark on a breathtaking hot balloon ride at the break of dawn so that you can experience the rising sun over the vast dunes. You’ll be able to see the Arabian flora, fauna and unique species from high up, and later experience a private desert conservation reserve and a gourmet breakfast. To top off the experience, you will be riding a classic open-top 1950s Land Rover, a vehicle to ride the dunes six decades ago.
Overnight Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
This Dubai desert tour will gift you 17hrs of complete desert adventure and experiences like starry skies found in no other safari. You’ll start with a drive across the desert and a stop at a camel farm, after a camel ride and some sandboarding you will be taken to experience a stunning sunset, accompanied by traditional tanoura folk dance and falconry where you’ll see these loyal birds’ hunting skills. The custom Arabian hospitality will greet you, and be able to savour shisha with dates and coffee, followed by a BBQ dinner and belly dance performance. The tour will end with a light breakfast before your return to Dubai.
Morning Safari with Quad Bikes, Sandboarding and Camel Ride
This is one of the more typical desert safaris in Dubai, taking you across the endless dunes of Lahbab by 4WD vehicle. You can experience the calm bliss the Dubai desert has to offer early morning, experience a ride on a camel, and some dune bashing after. You can also give sand boarding a try, and if it tickles your fancy, you can also pre-book a quad bike and give that a try too. This tour lets you choose between a shared option or a private option so you can experience the dunes as you like.
Dubai Sunrise desert Safari
Experiencing a sunrise surrounded by dunes is sure to be a bucket list item people didn’t even know they needed to add into their bucket list. Your guide will take you through the deserts of Dubai, and take you to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where you will be able to witness the sunrise, accompanied by a breakfast with coffee or a glass of bubbly after which you will head out for more explorations. This is one of the conservation-based and educational desert safaris in Dubai, where you can explore the Arabic flora, fauna and wildlife.
Dune Buggy Desert Safari
This desert safari in Dubai lets you explore the mighty dunes through an entirely off-road experience. You will be riding a twin-seater dune buggy, which will take you through the Dubai desert, over high peaks and valleys made of dunes. Your guide, fluent in Urdu, English, Hindi and Arabic will take you on the best routes depending on what you prefer. Each dune buggy is equipped with a full roll cage, bucket seats and a full safety harness for your utmost safety.
Dubai Private Night Safari and Astronomy
This Dubai desert safari is made for nature and animal enthusiasts. This night safari will show you the variety of animals that start to awaken as the sunsets. You will be exploring the sandy desert at night, escaping the heat during the day time and exploring all sorts of creatures with night vision binoculars. You will be provided with a scenic tour by vintage Land Rover, desert camp and relax under a canopy of stars. Finally, you’ll be able to experience an open-air camp belonging to a local royal family with a three-course dinner, drinks and shisha.
Helicopter and Desert Safari Combo Tour
This is one of the more unique desert safaris in Dubai, which takes you from the sand to the sky. You will ride a helicopter, from which you will see the magnificent sights of the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Al Arab after which you will be escorted towards the Red Dunes. You can experience dune bashing and camel riding in the desert, followed by a BBQ dinner at a desert Bedouin camp.