Complete Guide to Desert Safari Tours: Dubai’s Best Options

Desert Safari Tour

While Dubai offers many exciting and family-friendly activities for visitors and it continues to add more day by day, still nothing comes close to the fun and thrill you can enjoy on a Desert Safari Tour. These tours consist of many adventure and cultural activities that make the whole experience, in fact, the whole visit to Dubai, a memorable one.

So, those who are new to the city and looking to try something new and unique with their friends and families should definitely consider safari tours an ideal option. Here is a brief guide and everything you need to remember about Dubai desert adventures. Let’s get started.

Main Desert Safari Tours Offered in Dubai

Here is a complete list of desert safari tours offered in Dubai:

Morning Desert Safari

The morning desert safari tours are done during the early part of the day. These tours start around 8:00 AM with a pick-up service from the hotel to the desert. The timing might vary according to the sunset time. Upon reaching the deserts, the guests can relax at the campsite and start preparing for the first set of adventures, which is 4×4 dune bashing. The tour guides provide safety briefings and other important details that must be followed.

After a dune bashing ride of 20-30 minutes the guests can return back to the campsite to relax and get ready for the next activity. Depending upon the inclusions in the package, this can be quad biking, sandboarding, and camel rides. After these activities, the guests can feast on a delicious Arabian breakfast along with other local refreshments like coffee, tea, and shisha.

Morning tours are perfect for those who are busy during the evening and night and would very much prefer to enjoy the Dubai Desert Safari Experience during the cooler parts of the day with little to no crowds.  

Evening Desert Safari

The evening desert safari is the most popular safari tour you can book in Dubai. These tours offer a complete blend of adventure and culture that makes the whole visit very memorable. Evening safaris start around 4-5:00 PM with a pick up from the hotel to the desert. The tour starts with an exciting 4×4 dune bashing ride, and afterward, guests can participate in quad biking, camel riding, and sandboarding.

The evening tours are famous for sunset views that should not be missed at all. Hire a professional photographer and capture some breathtaking shots in the desert. As the sun goes, the guests can head back to the campsite, where they can enjoy and witness mesmerizing dance and cultural shows like Tanoura, Belly, and Fire, along with henna painting and Arabic photography sessions.

The evening tours end with delicious BBQ dishes that include many vegetarian options as well. The tours usually last 6-7 hours.

Overnight Desert Safari

The overnight safaris are somewhat of an extended part of evening tours. The timing and activities are all the same, but here, the guests can sleep and spend a night in the desert camps as well as

explore the surroundings in moonlit skies. After sleeping at the, the guests can wake up to a beautiful sunrise view and enjoy a delicious breakfast before departing back to the city. This is an ideal activity for those who like adventure and daring activities at night and dark.

The main activities here include dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding, sandboarding, cultural shows (same as evening safari), BBQ dinner, stargazing, night camping, and morning breakfast. You have the choice to enjoy the adventure activities at nighttime if you want and see what the deserts look like in the dark.

Private Desert Safari

Private Desert Safari

If someone wants to enjoy a private tour where they don’t have to share any vehicle or service with other guests, then they can book the Private Desert Safari package. Here, they will have a complete 6-person 4×4 vehicle for their group, along with a dedicated guide/driver. The guide can also assist with other safari activities like quad biking, sandboarding, and camel riding.

In other packages, you might have to wait for your turn to ride a vehicle because of huge crowds. However, on private safari the vehicle is ready just for your group along with the driver. You can even ask the driver to follow a specific route or go at the desired speed as you wish.

These are the four main safari packages tourists and locals usually book in Dubai. They have the option to upgrade to the Premium package, where they can enjoy a luxury camping experience with table dining and master-size beds. They cost more, but it is surely worth it.

Helpful Tips for Desert Safari Tours

Follow these three helpful tips on a desert safari tour to enjoy a fun and relaxing experience:

  • Dress in comfortable clothing that is lightweight and made from silk or cotton. Don’t wear anything synthetic because it is not a good absorber of heat. Wear full-sleeved shirts with shorts or trousers.
  • When going on adventure rides like dune bashing and quad biking, remember to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and refreshed. The scorching heat of the desert will definitely make you feel thirsty.
  • To protect your skin from harmful sun rays, remember to pack a sunscreen lotion, a hat and a pair of sunglasses as well. Further, you can also pack other essential items like medications and a camera to capture the beautiful desert scenery and memorable moments.

For more helpful tips, please read our Ultimate Guide to Desert Safari Dubai tours.


While visiting Dubai, the desert safari adventure tours are a must-have. These tours are family-friendly and done under safety guidelines, so you don’t have to worry too much. We hope you found this guide helpful for safari tours. If you have any more questions or queries, please contact Desert Planet Tourism

Bilal Mohsin

Bilal Mohsin

Senior Content Writer at Desert Planet Tourism LLC
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