Planning a Desert Tour in Dubai: Top Attractions and Tips

Desert Tour Dubai

The Desert Tour Dubai offers many exciting and fun activities that everyone needs to try when visiting the city. These adventurous excursions offer visitors a chance to explore the beautiful deserts of the region as well as experience the rich culture of Bedouins. There are tons of different places to explore here.

So if you are new and never been to the city, before, then be sure to read this guide as we list the top attractions to visit along with a few helpful tips.

Top Desert Attractions to Visit in Dubai

Here are top 5 desert attractions and locations to check out on your Best Desert Safari Dubai tour:

Al Awir Desert

The Al Awir Desert is approximately 35 kilometers from Dubai’s. It is known for being one of the largest centers for the breeding of camels and agriculture in the region. The Al Awir Desert is one of the best places in the world for dune-bashing and quad-biking, both of these are the most popular safari activities. Other than that, you can also try sand boarding here and spend some quality time at the camps that are set up just for the tourists.

As one of the most popular desert safari locations in Dubai, it experiences an increase in foot traffic during the weekends in peak season.

Al-Bidayer Desert

Al-Bidayer is also known as the ‘Big Red’ desert because of the unique color of its sand, which gives off a red shade compared to normal yellow we see in the evenings. Although, it is a little far away from Dubai and is located near Sharjah, but it is by far the most popular safari location and one of many Wonders of The Dubai Desert Adventure. Many adventure lovers come here to try exciting activities like dune bashing, quad biking and also to witness the beautiful natural scenery that is not found anywhere else.

Don’t miss out on the sunrise and sunset views while you are here, and come with your camera ready.  

Jebel Maleihah

A visit to this site is highly recommended if you are interested in discovering ancient marine fossils. This rock is popularly known as the ‘Fossil Rock’ due to the large number of marine fossils found here.

Also nearby is the camel rock, which is a fascinating structure. These camel impressions we see today were made over million years ago during the time of dinosaurs during prehistory era. The Dubai Desert Safari is a popular spot for tourists and photographers who can take photographs and learn about the history of these breathtaking sights.

Al-Qudra Lakes

If you want to spend some quality time with family on desert safari tour or looking for an ideal honeymoon spot then Al-Qudra lakes is the place to visit. These are man-made lakes where one can relax for picnic, enjoy the beautiful desert views and enjoy wildlife spotting. Also, the nearby surrounding area is the best ideal for dune bashing, camel rides and quad biking if you are interested.

The area is covered by trees and lakes, where many birds and animals reside. Some of the popular ones include swans, lapwings, ducks and flamingo. Bring your camera along the tour to capture the beautiful sights of the area and also of your loved ones.

Al-Faya Desert

If you truly want to enjoy a thrilling and heart-pounding experience on a desert safari tour, then visit the Al-Faya desert. This desert has bigger dunes and challenging areas where driving 4×4 Land cruisers and quad bikes requires great skills. Plan a tour with your friends and go visit this if they are into adventure themselves. The best time to visit here is evening, when you get to see the stunning sunset views.

This is also an ideal spot for overnight safari camping, where you can enjoy stargazing and relax in a peaceful atmosphere.

Preparation Tips for Desert Safari Dubai Tours

Preparation Tips for Desert Safari Dubai Tours

Here are some important tips to remember when preparing for your desert safari adventure in Dubai:

Avoid Eating Heavy Meals

When planning for desert safari, remember not to eat a heavy meal on the day of the tour. The reason is that it might upset your stomach when participating in the dune bashing and quad bike rides. Instead, eat something light or bring on the tour.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

The sun in the desert is unforgiving, there it’s best to come prepared and protect yourself from harmful rays. Bring a sunscreen lotion, a hat and a pair of glasses.

Bring a Water Bottle

Some of the desert safari activities are quite exhausting and make you thirsty, plus when you combine it with hot temperatures the situation becomes even more challenging. Therefore, it’s best to bring a water bottle on the tour and drink it regularly throughout the tour. If you don’t have one, ask your tour guide to give you, but it’s an essential thing to have.

Bring Medications if Required

If someone in the group has been prescribed any medicines by a doctor, then please bring them on the safari tour. Especially if they are asthma or heart patient, because in desert a lot of dust blows, which is not good for their health.

For more tips and safety information, do read our Ultimate Guide to Desert Safari.


If someone wants to see the natural beauty of Dubai, and its surrounding areas, then they should book desert safari tours and go for off-road exploration with their family and friends. There are many locations to visit, which we have highlighted above. Besides, all the tours take place under expert guidance, so you don’t need to worry too much.

For best and affordable evening, morning and private safari tours please contact Desert Planet Tourism and get a discount on 6 or more persons.

Bilal Mohsin

Bilal Mohsin

Senior Content Writer at Desert Planet Tourism LLC
Bilal Mohsin, an accomplished writer, has crafted over 1000 articles that delve into the realms of travel, Tourism, lifestyle, education, and pets. His captivating narratives transport readers to far-off destinations, inspire them to embrace a fulfilling lifestyle, equip them with personal and academic growth knowledge, and celebrate the bond between humans and their beloved pets. Bilal's concise and evocative writing style leaves a lasting impression on his audience, making him a trusted source of inspiration and expertise.
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