Things to do in Dubai



Let’s explore the 17 best ways to enjoy the desert of Dubai! Find out all about the best desert safaris in Dubai, including the activities you can do, if there are combined tickets and other important things to keep in mind. Have fun and don’t forget your sunglasses 

Safaris in the desert of Dubai during the day 

1 – Go on a Jeep safari.

Travel through the desert in a 4 × 4 so you can explore the desert comfortably and accompanied by a driver. The desert jeep safari costs around AED 150. Usually, these excursions are combined with many other activities such as “Dune Bashing” and sandboarding, so consider seeing these excursions that include everything.

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2 – Be brave and try the “Dune Bashing”

Get on a 4 × 4 so you can experience the “dune bashing” with a professional driver. This activity is perfect for adrenaline lovers; You will feel the emotion in the jeep going up and down the dunes. This type of activity is included in Jeep tours, so check Adventure in Dubai for the best deals.

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3 – Sunrise View Desert Safari

Go on a 4×4 desert adventure at the dawn. Observe a wonderful view of sunrise at the highest dune in the desert. Driver shall pick you from your hotel before dawn and after a 40 minutes drive, you’ll reach into the desert. Right before the sunset, we shall take you to the highest dune in Lahbab Desert. You’ll watch the sunrise right before you.

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4 – VIP Desert Safari Dubai

Feel like a celebrity, Book our VIP desert Safari and join our services specially designed for celebrities. We shall take you to the desert in the new model 4×4 Land Cruisers. In the camp, You’ll have your own separate table and a number of waiters/waitresses will be there to serve you everything on your table. Stage will be right in front of your eyes.

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5 – Get on a hot air balloon and see the desert from the sky

Experience the desert safari with a different perspective embarking on a hot air balloon. These excursions usually start early in the morning to get an even more beautiful view as the sun begins to rise. If you have the courage, get on board a hot air balloon and don’t forget your camera to capture this unique moment!

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6 – Become an expert in falconry

Watch the hawks fly up to 1000 meters. To make the experience even better, combine the splendor of the falcon demonstration with a hot air balloon ride and a gourmet breakfast

7 – Surf on sand waves (sandboarding)

Try sandboarding, a popular activity in the desert. It is fun to glide through the dunes on a surfboard, an activity that is absolutely necessary to include in your trip through the dunes of Dubai!

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8 – Camel excursion and desert exploration

You are likely to see camels in the desert in Dubai, why not experience riding one? They are known for being quiet animals and the owners of camels will give you instructions on how to ride the camel. You should definitely include the camel ride to your desert safari in Dubai.

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9 – Ride a horse

Similar to camel excursions, you also have the option of riding through the desert. These kinds of experiences are very unique and perfect for relaxing. The duration of the excursions is around 90 minutes and they will be accompanied by a guide

10 – Driving a quad or a buggy

Tour the desert on a quad bike, which will undoubtedly be an exciting experience. They will give you instructions on how to use the quad and provide you with all the protective equipment.

Or if you prefer, you can also ride a buggy that can be more comfortable.

Both are a bit expensive, but you can search Adventure in Dubai for the best deals that usually include other activities to do in the desert.

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12 – Discover the town of Hatta Heritage 

Explore the town of Hatta Heritage, a restored mountain town where stone and mud houses demonstrate the life of centuries ago. Combine your visit to this town with a 4 × 4 ride to maximize your experience, although most excursions already have transportation included

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13 – Discover the local fauna in Bab Al Shams Resort

Explore the culture and heritage of local Arabia. Go for a desert safari with dinner in Bab Al Sham Resort. The dinner will be served in a typical Arabian style with a number of live stations. There will be a number of entertainment programs as well.

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14 – Spend a night in a desert camp.

Spend the night in the desert to have an even more unique experience. You can sleep in a luxurious refuge in the desert of Dubai and relax after all the activities throughout the day. Check Adventure in Dubai to get the best deals for the night, as many may vary depending on the level of luxury you want.

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BONUS – Consult the combinations and do not miss any good offer.

Make the most of your stay in Dubai and combine your desert safari in Dubai with other attractions. For example, there are combined tickets to take a tour of the city of Dubai, go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, enjoy a dhow dinner or go to the Dubai aquarium. If you don’t have much time, a combo could be a great idea to consider. Go to Adventure in Dubai to compare the different combos.

Travel tips

  • The best time to do a desert safari in Dubai is between November and March. Temperatures may rise moderately, but during this period of time, it should be fine.
  • “Dune bashing” can be a difficult journey. Pregnant women are not advised to climb the dunes. It is also not suitable for people with neck or back problems or for those who suffer from nausea or vertigo.
  • Don’t forget to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun, which is quite strong.
  • Temperatures are low at night in the desert, so be sure to bring warm clothes to wear later at night. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, preferably sandals to easily remove sand.
  • Listen to your guide before riding a camel, as it is not the same as doing it on a horse.
  • Do not forget to take your camera: there are many wild animals and reptiles that you will surely want to capture with your camera.

We hope this complete guide will help you plan your itinerary for your trip to Dubai! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to comment below. We wish you much fun in the desert! 


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