Desert Safari

Price guide: Expensive

The Desert, Dubai

Price guide: Expensive

Desert Safari
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expert-rated things to do in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Sporty types, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Desert Safari

Experience the rolling dunes of the vast desert in style.

The Desert Safari is the classic Dubai adventure and certainly not one to be missed. Just a few minutes drive out of the main skyscraper-laden hub of the city sits the vast expanse of the desert, which rolls on as far as the eye can see and is a somewhat incredible sight. To experience this with the minimum of hassle, take a Desert Safari. There are several tour companies offering such experiences, but, generally speaking, they offer the same activities, namely a 'dune bashing' ride in a 4x4 up and down the sand (which is somewhat stomach-churning affair), a stop to try 'sand boarding' (like surfing but without any water), a stop at a camel farm and finally an Arabic feast in a mock bedouin village out in the desert. From there you can have a short camel riding experience and even pay a bit extra to try quad biking in the dunes. There's also sometimes a falcon to get your photograph with, plus belly dancing. Most companies can tailor your experience for you, depending on what you want, including allowing you to stay overnight in the desert if you wish.

The Desert Safaris are a great way to spend one afternoon. Almost all the companies will pick you up from anywhere in the city and drop you off in the evening. One favoured company is www.arabian-adventures.com. 

Price advice: 

Prices vary between companies, but generally a desert safari will cost between 350-500 dirhams per person. Hiring a quad bike in the desert is extra, usually around 100 dirhams for 15 minutes.  

Expert tips: 
Avoid the safaris in July and August as it's simply too hot to stay outdoors.

More information on Desert Safari:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
National park / nature reserve, Natural wonder, Viewpoint
Address:
The Desert, Dubai
Telephone:
04 303 4888
Website:
http://www.arabian-adventures.com/
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Desert Safari tours usually start around 2pm-4pm and finish around 9pm-10pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Wildlife / Nature

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