The Ultimate Guide to Desert Safari in Dubai: A Journey into the Dunes

Private Desert Safari Dubai

One of the most impressive landmarks of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, as well as a variety of one-of-a-kind and modern attractions, stunning beaches, and many more wonders. However, these are just part of the city; there is more thing you’ll find right outside the city, its vast and uncharted desert landscape.  A desert safari activity in these landscapes is truly memorable and makes up for long-lasting memories. 

Must-do visit of Desert Safari Dubai: you will enjoy thrilling rides through the beautiful Arabian desert while learning about rich Emirati culture at the same time. Read on to discover all the details regarding a Dubai desert safari if you are planning to go for the first time:

Due to its red, sandy desert, Dubai has a different landscape than the rest of the UAE. Consequently, it is an ideal location for an exciting desert safari, including dune bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, and much more. Moreover, you will be provided roundtrip transportation to and from your accommodation, so you will have nothing to worry about except enjoying your vacation. A desert safari tour will include the following activities.

  • Dune Bashing

Dubai’s desert safari is undoubtedly highlighted by dune bashing, during which you will travel across the giant dunes in a jeep for 30 minutes. There will be thrilling twists and turns as you navigate uneven, ever-changing terrain at thrilling speeds! This tour offers an exciting taste of adventure and is an excellent escape from the bustle of Dubai’s metropolitan area.

  • Quad Biking

A quad bike or sand bike can also be rented after dune bashing to allow you to feel the open air while driving your 350cc machine through the dunes. This activity is as exciting as dune bashing and even more fun if you can maneuver quad bikes in the desert terrain. 

You can admire the Arabian sand sea in the background as you ride through the uneven terrain. During the excursion, professionals will guide you and provide you with safety equipment.

  • Sandboarding

Sandboarding is another way to explore the sand besides motorized sand exploration. You can compare it to the desert variant of snowboarding, but it is just as exciting and fun. Using the captivating desert landscape, test your surfing, skating, and snowboarding skills with a new activity.

  • Camel Riding

Take a break from the more sporty and exciting activities and ride camels into the desert for a traditional desert experience. A bumpy camel ride highlights Dubai’s adventurous desert excursion. On a 45-minute camel ride in Dubai, you will explore the desert wildlife while traveling across the lonesome desert. 

An evening camel ride is among the best Dubai safari activities because it provides a spectacular view of the sunset and falcon displays while taking you down the massive dunes. Sunsets feature golden sand hues, which make for a picturesque background for tourists, offering many opportunities to take photographs.

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride

It is a truly unique experience to ride in a hot air balloon in Dubai. The Arabian Desert is a spectacular backdrop for hot air balloon rides on Dubai Honeymoon packages. As the golden dunes of the sand transform into different shades of color as the hours of the day progress, you will be treated to a stunning view of Dubai’s pristine landscape framed by the Hajar Mountains. 

The experience of flying 4000 feet above the desert provides a 360-degree panorama of Dubai. A journey of such splendor ensures that the best photographs will be taken during the trip. A hot air balloon expedition may be described as an adventure and an activity filled with peace and tranquility.

  • Cultural Activities

The adventure of a desert safari does not have to be all about adrenaline-pumping activities. Many activities included in the expedition will allow you to gain a broader understanding of the region’s fascinating traditions and cultural heritage. The Dubai desert safari is a perfect place to get your hands tattooed with stunning henna designs, experience Shisha smoking, see falconry, and take some pictures wearing traditional clothing as a keepsake.

  • Shows of Belly Dancing and Tanoura

The belly dancing show during the desert safari is another cultural experience that enriches the experience. A folkloric dance from Islamic countries known as the tanoura, or skirt in English, is also featured in the show. The Tanoura costume symbolizes praising nature through a vibrant range of colors and movements.

  • BBQ Dinners Camping Activites

While the Dubai desert is filled with adventure during the day, at night, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained, making it a popular tourist destination in Dubai. An evening desert safari Dubai experience in the Arabian deserts will make your trip even more enjoyable, featuring fire eating, dancing on stilts, swirling, and belly dancing. 

Indulge yourself in the most traditional cultures of the desert by enjoying exotic barbeque dinners and mouth-watering Middle Eastern cuisine in luxury tents. Amid a star-studded sky, the most accomplished belly dancers present a delightful performance that adds to the scenery’s magnificence. Dubai Desert Camping offers tourists one of the most unique camping experiences. It is one of the most exotic camping experiences in the world.

  • Observing the Stars

A Private Desert Safari Dubai offers the most incredible night experience in all possible ways. The Arabian Desert is one of the best places to see spectacular displays of the stars after sunset. You can enjoy stargazing while you enjoy complimentary Arabian coffee and treats at your desert camps. 

As you relax in the desert under cover of stars, you will forget all the stress of your adventure-filled day. Once the day’s heat settles down, you can also glimpse various animal species here. Compared to Dubai’s extravagant lifestyle, the desert provides serenity in its quiet atmosphere at night.

How Many Types of Desert Safaris Are There?

Dubai Desert Safaris are divided into many types; let us tell you about some of the most famous ones.

  • Morning Desert Safari

Whether you are limited in time or wish to learn about desert plants and animals, this is the most suitable desert safari. Safaris in the early dusk hours is the best way to discover and enjoy the desert in the early dusk hours before the city awakens. During your stay in the desert camp, enjoy Arabic coffee and dates to begin your day in the Bedouin style. This desert safari includes various exciting adventure activities, such as dune bash, camel rides, sandboarding, quad biking, etc.

Some tour operators may also offer hot air balloon rides and wildlife explorations that can be more fun. Desert Planet Tourism offers all the mentioned activities under the Premium Morning Desert Safari package at a very reasonable price, so you check it out. 

  • Evening Desert Safari

Taking place in the late afternoon and lasting well into the evening, this is ideal for those seeking an unforgettable desert safari in Dubai. The package includes all the benefits of a morning desert safari, barbeque dining, and cultural activities, such as belly dancing, Tanura shows, etc.

And not to forget dune bashing, quad biking, and sandboarding. Check out our fantastic Evening desert safari packages here and book a tour now. 

  • Overnight Desert Safari

Those who love the night will enjoy the night desert safari experiences. Safaris at night allow you to explore the desert under the stars in the dark. A dune-bashing adventure will lead you into the desert camp, where we will showcase traditional performances while serving a delicious meal.

With the onset of darkness, you can observe and learn more about the skies through astrological charts. You can enjoy an evening safari from evening to night and return to the city afterward. In addition to overnight safaris, you can camp in the desert, explore the stars, and view sunrises over the dunes from your tent.

  • Private Desert Safari 

In private Desert Safari Dubai, you get an all-exclusive and customized package per your group’s requirements with more intimate settings. Unlike other desert safaris, we explained above, which often involve larger groups of tourists, a private desert safari provides a more tailored and customizable adventure.

In a private desert safari, you and your companions have the luxury of having a dedicated vehicle and guide solely for your group. All the safari activities we mentioned, including dune bashing, quad biking, and camel riding, are designed according to your preferences and interests. Even a private tent and customized buffer dinner are arranged only for you. You can choose vegetarian or non-vegetarian options. Please learn more about our Private Desert Safari deals and book a tour on your preferred date and time.

When is the Best Time to Book Dubai's Desert Safari Tour?

The Dubai Desert Safaris are offered at various times, allowing you to choose when is most convenient. You may choose from morning or evening safaris, depending on your schedule. Something is enchanting about heading out to the dunes in the morning as the city sleeps; desert sunrises are truly spectacular, and if you want to splurge, you should do it at sunrise. 

It is also cooler in the early morning due to the lack of light. However, in the mid-afternoon, children and elderly companions may be fatigued by the sun’s glare. A morning desert safari is recommended if you visit the city’s other sights in the afternoon. This arrangement will give you plenty of time to explore the rest of the town at your leisure. 

On the other hand, a desert safari conducted in the late afternoon has several advantages, not least because it begins later in the day. Still, also it has more activities that are more fun and exciting. Evening safaris start around 3 PM with dune bashing excursions, follow up with the rest of the activities, and conclude at night in the desert with BBQ dinner and entertainment shows. 

Regardless of your choice, these packages are nonetheless exciting; the desert charm will remain unchanged no matter the time of day, and there will be no inconveniences. Moreover, the best time to travel on a desert safari in Dubai is from November to April, when the weather is cooler and the afternoons are more pleasant. 

Helpful Tips To Enjoy Desert Safari to The Fullest ​

The following are some helpful tips for enjoying a desert safari and for safety purposes. 

  • Taking Precautions

Whenever you travel in the desert, it is essential to bring plenty of water, especially before embarking on an adventure such as dune bashing. The desert temperatures are very hot and unbearable, and water keeps you hydrated and energized during your safari tour. 

  • Make Yourself Comfortable

Wear appropriate desert clothes that make you comfortable and relaxed during the safari. A loose dress suit that does not irk you through your adventurous journey is the ideal dress code for the climate and surroundings. The evening breeze will make you crave a jacket, so carry one.

  • Capture Your Memories

Take a high-definition camera with a suitable hat and sunscreen to capture all the memorable moments. You should avoid bringing drones on desert trips as they are not permitted. 

  • Physical Caution

For individuals suffering from cardiac or back conditions, dune bashing is not ideal. A bumpy safari is prohibited for pregnant women, including dune bashing, quad biking, and sandboarding.  

Instead, they can go directly to the desert camp and participate in the desert safari exercises there. You may book a desert safari without dune bashing in that case.

  • Camel Ride Tips

During your camel ride trip, you should avoid a few things. First, you should not attempt to go off on your own. Remember that it is important to stay with the group and follow the guide’s instructions. Protect yourself from the sun’s rays by wearing sunglasses and a hat while on a camel. 

Book Your Desert Safari Tour With Us

Booking a Private Desert Safari in Dubai is relatively easy. We at Desert Planet Tourism llc have 10+ years of experience in the UAE. and surrounding areas providing desert safari tours. With all tours, we also offer pickup and drop-off services.

Book your tour today and try to participate in entertaining activities like henna painting, traditional clothing, shisha smoking, and Arabic foods. And capture your outbound memories. Finally, remember to pay attention to the beauty of the desert. We hope this guide helps you prepare for your private desert safari tour, and we wish you the best adventure experience while you are in Dubai. 

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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