Desert adventures in Dubai

The cosmopolitan, glittering Dubai cityscape is surrounded by a terracotta desert landscape, the same ground on which the sprawling metropolis, world-renowned for its mega skyscrapers, was originally built. Extending out for miles of epic sand dunes, lush palm groves and dotted with traditional villages and local wildlife, there is much to see and do on an Arabian day or night in the desert – a must-see for all travellers to Dubai whether from near or far. The Arabian Adventures’ desert camps are located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the landscape which we cherish as part of our authentic Dubai desert experience and work tirelessly to conserve. Find out more about your options for desert adventures in Dubai with Arabian Adventures that you simply cannot miss…

For a day in the desert sun…

Book a Sunrise Desert Safari in Dubai for the chance to experience the wonder of the glowing sun emerging from the sand dunes to mark the start of a new day. Before sunrise, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you out to a picturesque star-tent venue in the dunes to watch the sunrise in the tranquillity of the desert with a light breakfast and refreshments. Take a wildlife drive and look out for the local, majestic Arabian oryx and sand gazelles, then arrive back at your hotel around mid-morning. With a pick-up time of around 8am, a Morning Desert Safari in Dubai offers an action-packed morning in the desert with lots to see and do. An expert guide from the team at Arabian Adventures will collect you from your chosen location. Leave the city behind and explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Take an exciting morning dune drive and look out for the diverse local wildlife, try ‘sandboarding’ in the dunes (just like snowboarding – but on sand, weather permitting), relax at our traditional campsite, and enjoy a light breakfast. We’ll return to you to your preferred location around noon after a morning in the desert you won’t soon forget.

Sandboarding in the dunes on a Morning Desert Safari in Dubai

For a thrilling desert ride…

Thrill-seekers, assemble! Make the most of the outdoors as the weather starts to cool with a ride atop the Dubai desert sand dunes on an action-packed adventure with a Desert Dune Buggy Experience. For a ride in the latest four-seater Cam-am desert dune buggies, the team at Arabian Adventures has everything that you need – the appropriate safety gear, a buggy-driving tutorial, and refreshments for the desert heat, plus pick-up and drop-off from your desired location. Simply select your preferred experience from the following three options: ride as a passenger in the lead buggy driven by our expert guide to best take in the incredible landscapes; take turns at the wheel in a shared buggy with our guide; or choose a private buggy for yourself and up to three friends (or the maximum according to the latest city guidelines). You’ll be in the buggies for around two hours to explore the dunes in the early morning or at sunset. Whatever your preference, both options provide amazing opportunities to ride the wide-open desert dunes. Don’t forget your driver’s license – and your camera!

Desert Dune Buggies in Dubai
Latest four-seater Cam-am desert dune buggies

For an unforgettable desert sunset…

Opt for an Evening Desert Safari in Dubai for the iconic experience of a Dubai desert dinner by moonlight. With a 3pm pick up, an Arabian Adventures expert guide can take up to five family members out to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The experience begins with an exciting dune drive and the opportunity for incredible desert experiences. Watch a world-renowned desert sunset as part of a scheduled stop, right on time, at a picturesque star tent with endless, open views of the majestic sky. Watch in awe as orange hues transcend to pink or purple. Arrive at the camp and take a short camel ride or try sandboarding. Against the backdrop of the dunes, this is a magical experience. As evening falls, watch traditional and modern entertainment, henna hand-painting and a regional BBQ menu to enjoy with a backdrop of the clearest Dubai evening sky. For a premium and truly exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience, a Private Dubai Desert Safari includes a dune drive, camel ride to a private star-tent campsite with a beautiful campfire at sunset, a personal waiter, delicious three-course BBQ dinner and unlimited premium beverages.

Sunset Desert Safari in Dubai
Enjoy an iconic desert dinner in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

All of our desert safaris have restarted with the SafeTravels hygiene and safety protocols in place for your peace of mind. All of our partner attractions are open at limited capacity, abiding by the latest health and safety precautions set by Dubai Tourism. Book at arabian-adventures.com, call us on 800-ARABIAN (2722426) or email tours@arabian-adventures.com.