Dubai Desert Safari

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Time Required : 3 - 6 hours

Entry Fee : It varies from tour operator to tour operators, but the average range is from AED 55-220.

Timings : 8:30 AM to 10.00 PM
Morning Safari - 8.30 AM to 11.30 AM
Evening Safari - Starts around 3.00 PM with pick up from the hotel and drop back at around 10:00 PM.

Dubai Desert Safari, Dubai Overview

Dubai, mainly renowned for its great infrastructure, is also known for its adventurous streak. At the heart of Dubai is still its desolated desert. And so, to enjoy the desert a bit more effectively, the city presents various Desert Safari options. The experience is one of its kind and worth every penny spent! Visitors can experience desert camping with a delicious Arabian dinner, belly dancers and other traditional performers. Day safaris hold you in for an adventure as you get to try out Dune Bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, camel rides and more.

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Vehicles Used In Dubai Desert Safari

Dune bashing is one of the most popular extreme adventure tours with several vehicle options of 4X4 Safari Jeeps, Sand Boards, Quad Bikes and Dune Buggies. SUVs with specialist drivers are available that will take you on these thrilling sand dunes ride while enjoying the gorgeous sunset from a vantage point. The new addition to the list of vehicles is Hummer H3, which might cost a bit more but is a worthwhile experience.

Dune Bashing Experience

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The Desert Safari trip starts with a driver of a 4*4 car, arriving at your pick-up point and taking you to a standard stop. This is where you'll meet everyone else going to the safari from your tour operator. Most of these stops also have a farm where you'd be able to catch a glimpse of a falcon, the national bird of the U.A.E, and other domestic desert animals.

Then the guide will take you to the dunes, where you start your dune bashing adventure. Feel your adrenaline coursing through, as you plunge from one dune to another with a professional driver. The duration of this activity is about 20-30 minutes with one stopover on top of a dune.

Other Experiences

After the dune bashing, it is time to relax and enjoy. So, as the sun sets, you are taken to a central camp where entertainment awaits you. Most of the tour operators also offer you a camel riding experience; although it is advisable to check this beforehand.

For an additional price, you can also experience sandboarding or quad biking for extra thrills. The entrance of the camp welcomes you with complimentary Arabic coffee, tea and dates. You can enjoy the rest of your time doing sheesha, applying henna tattoos from experienced women or even taking pictures in traditional dresses. While you eat your typical Arabian-cuisine-dinner under the stars, enjoy the Belly dance and the Tanoura dance as well

Belly Dancing & Tanoura Performance

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The belly dance is usually performed by a professional dancer and is perhaps the most awaited performance. The Tanoura dance is an awe-inspiring dance, which is usually done by a male professional and constitutes of the entire dance done while the dancer spins around the same place.

In the final part of this dance, the lights of the camp are turned off as the Tanoura dancer's attire lights up with LEDs and is a fantastic sight. These two traditional dances are often the highlights of the latter part of the safari. This unique and equally enthralling experience ends with you being dropped to your suggested drop-up point.

Tour Operators

Numerous tour operators offer Dubai Desert tours.

1. Rayna Tours

They offer almost everything listed above and guarantee a wonderful experience. Though the price of their safari tours is AED 220, however, there are several other inclusive packages that are listed on their site.

2. Desert Safari Tours
They offer an unforgettable experience with hospitable service. For their rates, you’ll have to personally contact them.

3. City One tours
They have impeccable service and excellent hospitability. Arabian Nights Tours It is one of the favourites here due to the compassionate staff that work here. They make you feel warm and welcome and offer one of the most splendid services.

Some more notable tour operators include North Tours and Dubai Dune Buggy.

Tips

  • It isn't advisable for pregnant women, extremely elderly people and toddlers to go for a desert safari, because of dune bashing.
  • If you have motion sickness, it is advisable to carry the proper medications and warn your driver beforehand.
  • Have good quality sunscreen and sunglasses during the daytime. Check with your tour operator for all the warnings in detail.
  • If you get carsick easily, you might want to skip dune - bashing.

Best Time To Go For a Desert Safari

Though this experience can be availed throughout the year, the best time for this is from October to March.

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Nehad Zein 1 year ago
The Dubai desert safari is an experience which one must try atleast once in their lifetime. The sheer adrenaline when the driver drives and jumps across the sand dunes is exhilarating. The most enthralling is especially when they race the vehicle down the really steep sand hills. The post safari, belly dance and tanoura dance are mesmerising. And unwinding finally with the sheesha is another experience altogether.

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