Originally posted 2017-09-09 04:52:04.
Desert Safari Dubai
Desert Safari Dubai should be a must-visit place on your Dubai tour itinerary. Especially, If you want to view another side of Dubai, the Dubai Desert should be your priority. Located between Dubai & Sharjah border, this place gives a real feeling of the desert. Tripadvisor includes this place in the top ten attractions to see on the Dubai list. By Booking a Dubai desert safari tour with a right and best desert safari Dubai tour operator, you will surely know some new things about UAE culture like Arabic food, belly dance, camel ride, Arabic shisha & Arabic tea, etc.
How to get there?
Although you can reach the Dubai desert yourself by car, however, to go inside of the desert to perform dune bashing in 4×4, you have to book your desert safari Dubai trip from an authorized UAE based tour operator. If you plan to rent a 4×4 from a car rental company to drive in the desert, you should call off your plan right away. As per my knowledge, only certified drivers and specific vehicles ( Approved by the Dubai tourism department) can go inside the desert for dune bashing purposes. However, for transportation purposes, you can use your own car. Booking a Dubai desert safari tour is very easy these days. Many companies offer this tour. I secured my booking from a Discover Desert Safari Tourism LLC, and I highly recommend you to book through this desert safari tour operator.
How was my Experience?
I enjoyed this tour much. I was very pleased with Discover Desert Safari Tourism LLC desert safari Dubai tour. These guys are not only offering Dune bashing in Lahbab desert (Only a few companies go there because it’s a premium desert and 30 minutes more driver require from the Al Awir desert (which is a primary desert of most of the other companies for Dune bashing)). I booked with them a few hours before the tour departure time, and these guys arranged everything for me in a concise time. The driver picked me at 3:35 from my hotel, and after around an hour’s drive, we reached in the desert at 5:00 PM, I guess. Right after arriving in the desert, the driver gave dune bashing that Lasted for 30 minutes. Dune bashing was superb and an entirely new thing for me. After that, we reached the highway, where the driver again gave us 15 minutes dune bashing, but that was less enjoyable than the first one. However, It was still good for me, and I was satisfied with it because, as per their claim, it’s a bonus dune bashing for everyone.
I always dreamt of taking dinner in the desert because I belong to a mountain area, and I never visited any desert before this tour. By getting this tour, I learned lots of things related to UAE culture. Personally, I liked the Dubai safari tour more than any other Dubai tours because of the below-mentioned reasons.
- Having dinner in the Desert
- Camel Riding
- HIGH dune bashing in a 4×4 in the desert
- Watching live belly dance with background music
- Opportunities to see the sunset in the desert
- Traditional Arabic foods & Tea
How much does it cost?
Depending on the tour operator and tour type, it cost could be 65 AED to 250 AED on regular days. I was a single person, and I booked in July, So I paid 125 AED with pick up from my given location by a 4×4 car. Typically, With a 4×4 car, most reliable tour operators charge no less than 125 AED unless you are more than four person’s and with pick up from their giving points by a bus, it cost could be 60- 75 AED. However, I’ll not recommend you to go with the bus service because, as per my research, most of the companies offer less than 10 minutes of dune bashing with this option. If you want to enjoy the Dubai safari tour properly, you should book with a 4×4 car, and if you can afford, you can book quad biking at an extra cost (price starting 125-150 for 20 minutes driving), which gives you a chance to drive quad bike by yourself in the desert.
Pro tips: If you are at least six persons, I’d suggest book a private car from the tour operator. If you have a friend in Dubai, who has a car, directly go with him to desert point and ask tour operator pick and drop you at that location. You can save a few bucks with these tips.
Activities to do in the evening safari tour
Depending on your tour operator, the evening safari Dubai tour has a lot of things to offer. Let me explain them as per my own experience.
- Dune Bashing
Most important and most demanding activity of this tour. You will NEVER forget it. Make sure your tour operator offers this for at least 25 minutes in the middle of the desert.
- Camel Riding
Camel riding would be a new thing for foreign countries tourists. I got two circles of the camel ride, and I made this activity rememberable by taking a selfie with Camel .:)p
SandBoarding is a good alternative to Snowboarding. You will get the equipment to perform this activity. There are no limits to perform this activity; take your gear, and perform it as long as you want.
- Selfie Sunset
I’m not a selfie person, but sometimes I take it seriously. With the evening desert safari tour, you have a chance to capture your moments by taking a selfie during sunset.
- Selfie with Falcon
Falcon is a National bird of the UAE. It is another thing that can make your safari tour unforgettable. Its cost is only 10 Dirham ($3), and you can take a selfie in different ways.
- Quad biking
Have your dreams to drive something yourself in the Arabian desert. Quad biking allows you to achieve your goal with a small budget. By paying an extra 125 Dirham ($35), you get an opportunity to drive three wheels 100 CC quad bike for 20 minutes. I’d differently suggest you book quad biking with your safari tour.
Let me answers some most asked questions about this tour.
What to wear?
I’ve seen many people asking this question, and I did myself before booking with my tour operator. There is no particular dress code for this trip. You can wear just the usual dress. However, during winter, I’d suggest you to a carry jacket because the desert temperature goes down at night. Another thing is you should wear shoes during this trip instead of sandals.
What is the best time to go?
On average, the temperature in Dubai extremely hot from May to August. September to April is the best time to desert safari Dubai because it is quite well in Dubai.
Are there any restrictions?
Unfortunately, this tour is not suggested for disabled peoples unless your tour operator has a wheelchair facility. You can also customize your tour before your booking. If you are pregnant, have a newborn baby under 3 years and 65+ old, then should SKIP DUNE BASHING & CAMEL RIDING.
Wrapping it Up
As I said earlier, this is a must to do activity in Dubai. So if you are planning to visit the UAE, make sure you Do not miss it.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post by any means. I’ve nothing to do with the operator, and I paid the full money.. I’ve nothing to do with the operator and I paid the full money.
Updated on 5, October 2020.