Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma
- Transportation included
- Duration: 7 hours
These days Dubai might be better known for its jaw-dropping skylines and lavish attractions, but its golden desert remains as unmissable as ever. Here's how to make the most of your safari visit.
With gazelles, wildcats, monitor lizards to be seen, the Dubai desert can match any savannah for wildlife sightings. Try a falconry experience for the ultimate in animal close-ups.
Camel rides make for a great hands-on Dubai Desert Tour. Most desert safaris include a short ride, but you can definitely opt for a tour with extended riding time.
Budget safaris (meals included) are available, but it's worth it to spend a little more if possible. You'll get authentic, local cuisine and hospitality that makes you feel like a VIP.
Thrill-seekers are spoilt for choice with the dune-bashing, quad-biking, sand-skiing, and dune-buggy rides offered on various safari tours. Not for the faint-hearted!
Can't handle the heat? Experience the desert by night. The evening tours offer breathtaking beauty and a unique stargazing experience.
With Dubai's rapid expansion, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve was founded to protect the natural landscape and endemic wildlife from overspill. It is located in the southeastern corner of the Emirate of Dubai and covers 87 squared miles of land. Some safaris are allowed to take you out to these pristine dunes.
Dubai summer temperatures average at 106ºF (41ºC), and often get a lot higher than that. Temperatures are more comfortable between December and March, but you might have to contend with irregular spurts of rain.
In some places it's possible to camp, but unless you're extremely experienced, we wouldn't recommend it without being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Fortunately, there are several overnight camping safaris available.
What can you really expect on a safari tour? More than you may realize! This is your chance to drive over dunes and participate in a variety of traditional desert activities: camel riding, sandboarding, trying shisha, authentic cuisine, henna tattoos, and local entertainment.
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This was a lovely trip. Our guide, Naveed, was wonderful: friendly, warm, good sense of humour, encouraging and informative. The fire show was really mesmerising. Sleeping over in the tent was quite special... but, unfortunately, I would recommend against it. The inside of the tent is just beautiful. Very rustic and visually rich interior. It was, however, difficult to sleep through the night for two reasons. First, it was quite cold throughout the night, so bring very warm layers. Second, it was very noisy as our neighbours were very loud tourists. Some of the staff were also speaking rather loudly as they passed our tent. I would recommend in the future that the camp organisers spread out the guests so that their tents are not right next to each other while they sleep, if it's possible. I'd also recommend that the staff are quite around the tents after 10pm. Since we had to wake up at 6am for sunrise camel rides, 10pm seems like a fair curfew for "quiet time".
Our Tourguide Sharaf was awesome, he picked and droped us on/off at our place. He had a lot of great informations about Dubai and told us about the life in the UAE. Everything was very good organized. We noticed that Sharaf really loves his job and he is a really good guide.
Incredible expérience on désert was really Nice ans the guide Bash was always trying to help and accommodâtes our day. He negotiate to make kids doing more kart really very good asset for get your guide.
It was the best activity which i had in Dubai! The local partner Sir Abdul was very tolerant, helpful and caring person. He told us all the tips about the tour and helped to do best of everything.
It was great! They picked us up on time. The safari ATV was super fun. The guide was very nice and took tons of pictures for us. The fire show and dinner were both great. Great time!