A Dubai desert safari is a quintessential part of the Dubai experience. Getting beyond the skyscrapers, feeling the sand beneath your toes, and being introduced to Bedouin traditions combined with modern Emirati past-times.

Just one look for a desert safari in Dubai though and I’m sure you’ve already encountered just how overwhelming the decision is when it comes to picking a reliable tour operator.

Whilst the tour descriptions might feel similar, prices can vary vastly. What exactly are you paying for?

We’re going to talk you through here what to expect from your Desert Safari Dubai Tickets prices operator, then compare the pricing and service you’ll get from each. Let’s cut through the sales pitch and help you choose the right sort of safari for you and your traveling group.

In this guide to Dubai Desert Safari prices, we’ll take you through

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When should you book a Desert Safari for – Morning, Afternoon, or Overnight safari?

Whether to spend just a few hours in the desert or stay overnight is really up to you as there are a variety of options on offer. Afternoon desert safaris tend to take off after the heat of the day has gone, whereas morning safaris have a greater focus on the desert itself than on entertainment.

 

You may prefer a morning desert safari if you’re on a tight schedule and already have an action-packed evening in the city. Families may also find morning’s preferable to late nights with small children, you will find once your transport has you back in town it can be close to 10-11:00 PM.

If you have time within your schedule, an overnight stay in the desert is highly recommended as you get to see the desert in all of its glory, at sunset and sunrise; it also gives you a greater chance of encountering wildlife as the creatures of the desert are more active during twilight and nighttime hours.

Overnight safaris in Dubai also give you the opportunity to stargaze over the unpolluted night skies. If camping isn’t quite your thing we can also recommend several Dubai glamping sites, including those offering coveted dome tents to see the desert in all its glory.

What activities do you do on a Dubai Desert Safari?

Each of the desert safaris we will list below has a slightly different agenda and activities on offer, but generally speaking, these are the sorts of experiences, and cultural and sporting opportunities you can enjoy on a Dubai desert sand and safari.

Hotel pick-ups

All of the desert safaris we recommend below include a hotel pick up and drop back service in Dubai so it’s all door-to-door service in an airconditioned vehicle.

Depending on what sort of tour you have booked (and prevailing COVID rules at the time of your visit), this may be a shared vehicle with other tour participants, or your group could have a vehicle to themselves, up to 7 passengers.

Experience the thrills of dune bashing

Not for the faint-hearted, dune bashing – literally driving up and down sand dunes at speed – is something that many desert safaris offer as part of their itinerary.

Is dune bashing safe? Dune bashing is usually done in specially adapted four-wheel-drive vehicles fitted with seat belts. Drivers are usually highly skilled, trained, and stick to designated routes through the desert – if you book with a reputable company.

Dune bashing is not recommended for pregnant women, children, or anyone with any sort of medical problem. If you suffer from motion sickness we recommend you look for tours where this part of the day’s entertainment can be avoided.

Surf the great sand sea on a sandboard

Grab your board and let the dunes take you! Sandboarding is an extreme sport similar to snowboarding and does demand some skill as well as a good sense of balance – but there’s certainly no harm for amateurs to give it a shot! Participants can stand, sit or lie on their boards and move across or directly down the dunes.

Speed across the desert on a quad bike or dune buggy

Another way to get to grips with the desert is by quad bike or dune buggy. Some packages include this, in fact, some tours specialize in desert dune buggy tours. Others, you may find this is an added specializes are offered once you arrive at camp.

Remember to check your itinerary closely before booking if this is something that you really want to do as it’s not an automatic inclusion.

Make sure you’re dressed appropriately – cotton trousers or jeans recommended as well as closed-toe shoes and something to tie back long hair.

Have a henna tattoo

Henna tattoos have been worn by the woman of the region for centuries and are offered to visitors at most desert camps and on many desert safaris. Tattoos are traditionally painted on the hands, arms, and feet of brides and are thought to bring good fortune.

In the past, designs would differ from tribe to tribe but nowadays henna artists usually carry a portfolio of designs for customers to choose from. The henna will last about two weeks before fading – always a fun souvenir of your time in Abu Dhabi.

Enjoy a Camel Ride

Riding into the desert sunset on a camel is a dream for many whilst for others it can be a complete nightmare! Just remember to follow your guide’s instructions and lean backward when the camel stands up or sits down to avoid any injuries.

Most desert safaris offer short camel treks of 10-20 minutes as well as longer treks for the more adventurous often for an additional fee.

Camel riding is not for everyone and is not recommended for pregnant women or people with serious musculoskeletal injuries as well as very young children.

You are bound to get plenty of opportunities to interact with the camels and take some photos even if you’re not too keen on taking a ride.

Indulge in some belly dancing

Some camps and desert safaris offer belly dancing as entertainment. Belly dancing has its origins in ancient Egypt but was practiced widely throughout the Middle East until the rise of Islam.

Nowadays, belly dancing is performed for tourists in the UAE but many conservative Muslims still consider it haram (against the teachings of Islam).

Be mesmerized by a Tanoura Dance

Sometimes as an alternative to belly dancing and sometimes to complement it, a captivating tanoura dance might be offered. Another dance originating in Egypt, tanoura gets its name from the characteristic skirt worn by the dancer. Dancers are rather uniquely, always male, and spin around allowing for their elaborate skirts to extend outwards like a hypnotic parachute.