Desert Safari

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Desert Safari

With the many man-made lakes and fountains, and the Persian Gulf always in sight, it is quite easy to forget that the metropolis of Dubai is located close to the desert, but even in the sand there is plenty to see and enjoy. Deserts are magical places, and there really is nothing like seeing a red sun set across the overlapping dunes, or enjoying a range of sports and pastimes that you really can’t experience anywhere else in the world.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, the majesty and tranquillity of the desert can be enjoyed with a choice of exciting half-day, full-day or overnight safaris that are packed with fun activities and sightseeing opportunities, including:

  • camel rides
  • traditional meals
  • musical entertainment
  • sand skiing and boarding
  • dune bashing

Thrilling activities

Those with a love of speed can try sand skiing or boarding, or go dune bashing down the ever-changing desert dunes. Sand skiing is a fun version of the usually freezing sport, and an even more interesting experience if you have recently visited Ski Dubai!

Dune bashing, on the other hand, is a lot like enjoying a rollercoaster ride through the dunes. Ploughing up and down the sands in a four-by-four with dust flying past the windows – this extreme ride is unforgettable!

Interesting culture

Desert safaris, particularly full-day and overnight trips, regularly include a wonderful insight into ancient Arabic and Bedouin traditions. As well as sampling delicious traditional cuisine and enjoying communal desert dining, you can enjoy Arabic coffee and shisha before taking in a traditional show – dancing and music, for example. Some tours even offer henna designs, giving you a lasting memento of your time in the desert.

Camel rides are also available depending on the package booked. Riding atop the iconic animals is the ideal way to take in the spectacular sunsets as you gently sway with the rhythm of the camel's footsteps.

Tours can be arranged for as few or as many people as required, with prices differing depending on the length and number of activities enjoyed during the tour. For more information on organising a tour, the various activities available, pricing or the best times to visit, please contact our expert concierge team by calling +971 4 341 0000 or emailing

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