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10 Amazing Desert Experiences in Dubai

 
  • Desert experiences in Dubai aren’t hard to come by, and what emirate holiday is complete without a mandatory trip to the iconic deserts. Dubai’s deserts offer you so much more than just endless bronze sands as far as the eye can see. Scattered with numerous sand dunes and plenty of open space, these deserts provide the perfect playground for adrenaline sport junkies.

    Indulge in the cool night breeze while you dine after a desert safari, if you’re looking for something more upbeat try your hand at some exhilarating dune bashing or some quad biking. Marvel at the magnificent animals of the desert as you engage in a camel safari or learn a little about falconry.

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    Morning evening or night the Dubai desert experience is an un-missable one and will always leave you craving for more.  

    Here are some of the amazing desert experiences in Dubai:

  • 01Falconry Experience in Dubai

    Image Credit : John Karwoski - Flickr

    Indulge in an extreme and majesty of the UAE’s falconry experience, know more about the ancient tradition old falconry in this desert land. Learn about the history of an age-old practice that employs trained birds to hunt their prey. Grab the opportunity of admiring these birds’ natural agility and strength. Feel your heart racing as you mount these stunning falcons on your hand to have a go at swinging a lure. Enjoy this amazing experience for 5 hours. 

    Image Credits : Yutaka Fujii - Flickr


    Highlights: The best thing about this is that you be interacting with the falcons and learn more about the age-old tradition of falconry. If you are worried about the transfers then don’t as you will be driven in legendary vehicles and also get a chance to spotting some wildlife. 

    Location: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1395 AED


  • 02Camping with Barbeque Dinner and Belly Dancing

    There is no better way of exploring Dubai than indulging in a traditional Desert Safari. Enjoy a spectacular camping experience at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve once you pitch the luxury tents gear up for a mouth-watering barbeque dinner. Relish the lip-smacking charcoal cooked Middle- Eastern cuisine while enjoying a delightful belly dance performed by the trained artists and dancers. Sleep under the star decked sky while enthralling in this amazing activity that provides you with true flavours of Dubai. You will be transferred for the exotic camping activity via legendary 4*4 vehicles. Your entire desert camping will be led by a trained guide who will ensure that you have the best and the finest experience. 

    Image Credits : Andreas Hunziker

    Highlights: Enjoy a dune bashing session while exploring the desert. Satiate your adventure thirst by embarking on quad biking or sand skiing session led by trained instructors and guides. For those who wish to know more about the traditional desert, lifestyle can indulge in henna painting, sheesha and exciting camel rides. End the day with Middle-Eastern cuisine and the traditional Arabian Coffee. 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 252.455 AED

    Desert Safari along with Stay in Dubai

    Desert Safari along with Stay in Dubai

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  • 03Fat Biking

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    Fat bikes are considered to be the new innovative avatar of all-terrain mountain bikes. The fat bikes are specifically designed for sand dunes. Fat biking in Dubai is indeed a thrilling experience that enables you to traverse the calm rolling dunes while exploring the desert flora and fauna accompanying you throughout this adventure. You will be biking for 5 hours. 


    Highlights: Feel the thrill as you try this satiating activity. You will be transferred in legendary vehicles and also get a chance to spot some wildlife. Location: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai 

    Things to Remember: The minimum height required for the fat biking is 130 cm. The activity demands high level of fitness. In case, of back injuries or any other ailment prior notice to the tour operator must be provided. Approximate seat for an individual is 2 hours for half a day activity.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 595 AED 

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  • 04Ride a Quad Bike Like You Stole it

    Image Credit :  Naeem Ebrahimjee

    If riding the waves is not your cup of tea, here is another enthralling adventurous activity to pump the adrenaline in you, the Quad Biking. Drift on the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert in Dubai with a quad bike.

     


    Location: The best place in Dubai to head for quad biking includes the most famous sand dunes called the Big Red, which is a just half hour drive from Dubai. 

    Price: It varies from operator to operator but on an average it will cost around 360 AED to 450 AED per person, depending on the package. 

    Difficulty Level: In the beginning, it can be a bit difficult to drive on the dunes. But after a little practice, it gets easier. 

    Evening Desert Safari Tour With Quad Biking

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  • 05Ride the Ship of the Middle East

    A must for everyone who is visiting UAE. Camels are known as old Royce of the desert. Camel safaris in Dubai are always done in groups, otherwise known as caravans. Camels endure the strong winds in the desert thus referred to as the 'ship of the desert'. 

    Highlights: Enjoy the views as your camel lumbers across the sands. Stroll into the dunes for to view beautiful sunset and enjoy a range of traditional desert activities inside a rustic-style Arabian tent.

    Price: The price approximately ranges from 180 AED to 1100 AED

    Things to Keep in Mind: In summer you are recommended to wear lightweight clothing. We recommended guests to carry their own camera for souvenir photos.

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    Dune Desert Safari in Dubai

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  • 06Adrenaline Fueled Dune Bashing

    Image Credit : Land Rover MENA - Flickr
    Dune Bashing is one of the best things and iconic activities in Dubai that one can engage oneself in all year round. The deserts of Dubai are it’s most prized destinations and include a wide array of adrenaline pumping activities, Dune Bashing being the main one. Experience the deserts of Dubai in a 4x4 vehicle that is more than up to the duty. On this thrilling ride, there are plenty stops for photos so that you can capture memories to take home with you. The climax of your photo opportunities comes at sunset when the desert changes from day into night in with a stunning show of warm orange and red hues. 

    Image Credits : Land Rover MENA - Flickr


    Price: The prices for Dune Bashing can fluctuate from 150 - 300 AED depending on the type of package you avail, various companies offer exciting packages including camel rides, lavish dinners and much more. 

    Timings:
    Operates daily between 9 AM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 12 midnight.
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    Dune Bashing in Dubai

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  • 07Quintessential Arabian Safari

    Desert Safari Dubai is undoubtedly the only and best safari provider in Dubai. A must for everyone who is visiting UAE. A memory to share with your family and friends back home, we recommend it highly and it will be worth every penny spent. This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination, a camel farm. Stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching the campsite where you will have the opportunity to camelback ride, sand boarding and trying out a henna design. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and Shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe). 

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    Highlights: Belly dancing shows and lavish buffet dinner with veg and non-veg options.

    Operational Hours: Daily from 3.30 PM to 9.30 PM.

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 150 AED to 300 AED

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  • 08Adventure in a Hummer

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    No trip to Dubai is complete without a Desert Safari and what better way to tour the beautiful deserts other than in a monstrous hummer. Get a whiff of the ultimate adventure while you maneuver through the exciting and panoramic deserts of Dubai. There are a favorite few who offer amazing hummer desert safari’s in Dubai. Board an H2 Hummer off-roader with an expert driver, and take an exciting drive across the sands, tackling rugged terrain and rolling dunes. Stop to snap photos of a glowing desert sunset, and then return to camp for a scrumptious barbecue dinner of Arabic dishes as you’re entertained by spinning ‘tanoura’ dancers and a sparkling belly dancing show.

    Image Credits : Suny Schmidt - Flickr

    Timings: This is an activity that can be availed all year around and can be done both in the night and day. 

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 350 to 500 AED

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  • 09Take a Spin on a Dune Buggy

    Ride over the majestic dunes of Dubai in possibly the most inventive ways to off-road in the desert! The powerful Dune Buggy is a customized vehicle to tread the desert, and is compulsory on the trip to Dubai and to add to the exciting mix. The activity is up for grabs throughout the year, and can vary according to persisting weather conditions. Backed with safety convoys, off-roading here is an uninterrupted experience. All Dune Buggies include roll cages, seat belts, bucket seats, night lights, fire extinguisher, and constant mechanical support during the drive.


    Price: Dune Buggies can be availed from 545 AED onwards, with both single-seater and twin-seater vehicles offered to suit all preferences.

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  • 10Slide with the Sand Board

    It is a commonly-held belief that sand-boarding is relatively easier than snowboarding.To experience the majesty of the dunes first-hand, sand-boarding is an activity tailored for that very purpose. Steer through sand, and learn to control the board before trying out new ways to glide effortlessly. Once you master sand-boarding, a race with fellow sand-boarders might be on the cards. Hop into a Hummer and drive through the sandy acres before unleashing an adrenaline blitz! Generally held on all days of the year, unless the weather decides to play a spoilsport.

    Price: This scintillating experience can be availed from 275 AED onwards, while rates vary for children.

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  • 11Daylight Desert Safari

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    For those crunched for time in the evenings, the morning desert safari is a boon. Allowing the traveler to explore the desert in one of the most thrilling ways, a few desert safaris even allow for a camel ride and sand-boarding! Many operators offer an array of tours in and around Dubai, while the safari in the morning begins the day on a whirlwind ride.The activity is open on all days of the year if the weather permits. It also includes more than a few things to satiate the adventurer's heart. For those wishing to give the dining and camping experience a miss, to just enjoy the thrill of a desert safari, this is it.

    Image Credits : Shahnawaz Sid - Flickr


    Price: The exciting activity kicks off from AED 250, where one can indulge in dune bashing, quad biking, camel ride, and sand-boarding.

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  • 12Private Night Safari and Star Gazing

    Image Credit : Kyle Taylor - Flickr

    Dubai provides you with the best night beauty in all possible forms, once the sun drops get ready for a delightful night safari under the supervision of a trained guide who will ensure you are safe as well you the relish your night exploration of the desert and the nocturnal species that you are most likely to see during this trip.

    Enjoy a spectacular telescope views of the mesmerizing night sky decked with billions of stars in a star gazing experience like never before. 

    Timings: The duration is likely to vary with different tour operators. However, the average time of the activity is approximately 5 hours and begins in the evening. The experience can be availed on request via tour operators in Dubai.

    Highlights: This delightful activity is conducted on ever-so-stylish legendary vintage Land Rover. Enjoy the spectacular views with night-vision binoculars and head lamps.

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  • 13Luxury Dinner in Desert

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    This luxury dinner date provides its guest with a true experience of ‘Living life king size’. The guests will be transferred to the specific location via legendary Mercedes/ Land Rover – the vehicle that onsets your luxurious experience.The entire activity will be supervision by a trained guide who will ensure that you have the best of your private moments along with enjoy the real flavors of desert life. Explore the exotic wildlife as you will make your way through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Finally, reach your scheduled private set-up adorned inside the exclusive land of the Royal desert.

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    Duration: Afternoon until early evening.

    Price: The approximate price starts from 1,500 AED per couple


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  • 14Overnight Desert Safari

    Spending one night in desert under moon light is a wonderful experience that will be imprinted in your mind for a long time. Deserts of Dubai are world’s renowned deserts that have great attraction of visitors. In fact Dubai Overnight Desert Safari is a way through which you can see the Arabian Desert culture and their unique way of living! If you are a nature lover, then night safari is the best way to connect with the nature.

    What to Expect: Most packages offer BBQ dinner, folk and belly-dancing show, a chance to get henna tattoo. Accommodation is usually in a campsite equipped with traditional tents furnished with carpets and pillows; however this could vary depending on the tour operators.

    Price: The tour package approximately starts from 143 USD

     

  • 15Al Maha Desert Resort

    Nestled amidst the beautiful palm oasis, the Al Maha Resort is located in the beautiful and magical dunes of Dubai. It highlights the heritage and architecture of Bedouins, offering the enthralling desert adventure. For the animal lovers, this resort is a double treat for you as it is surrounded by the Dubai Desert Reserve. The best part of your stay is that you get to enjoy a complimentary desert activities as part of your stay. 


    Amenities: With world class restaurants, bar and lounges like Hajar Terrace Bar, Al Diwaan you can experience the fine dining in the desert and in the comfort of your own secluded space. The resort also has a big boardroom, which can accommodate around 120 guests, temperature controlled infinity pools. 

    Highlights: The Arabian Oryx & the Gazelles are the main attractions of the place. You can also behold the beautiful Arabian wildlife from the temperature of the infinity pools that are temperature-controlled. 

    Timings: Check-in from 2:00 PM and Check-out at 12:00 noon

    Price: The approximate price of a room starts from 3200 AED per night