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Sift Through the Sand, Not Reviews: Here Are the Top 5 Desert Safaris in Dubai
by Lydia Medeiros 2-minute read July 26, 2023

Escape Dubai's glitz for wild desert beauty. We've sifted through the options to bring you the best luxury desert safaris. No need to dig through the sand; we've got you covered.

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Nestled beyond the glittering skyline and opulent cityscape of Dubai lies a secret realm of untamed beauty – desert safari experiences. An enchanting world of diverse landscapes and captivating wildlife awaits, offering travelers an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature.

From the mesmerizing expanse of desert dunes and the call of the wilderness to the thrill of adventure, Dubai's best safaris promise a rare encounter with the region's most iconic and elusive creatures. But with this much excitement at our fingertips, it feels as if there are an overwhelming number of tour companies offering similar experiences. This is exactly why we've laid out our favorite desert safaris – that blend luxury and authenticity – for your next foray into the desert so the only thing you have to sift through is sand.


Al Khayma

The desert safari experience offered by Al Khayma is a true immersion into the essence of Arabian culture, with a focus on sustainable tourism and preserving the desert ecosystem and heritage. At the Al Khayma Camp in the Al Aweer Desert, guests can step back in time to experience traditional Bedouin life, complete with camel rides, falconry, henna tattoos, and delectable Emirati, Arabian, and Moroccan cuisine from the Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant. The Al Marmoom Oasis, situated within the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve, offers a vibrant Bedouin camp with authentic local cuisine and traditional entertainment while embodying our commitment to eco-tourism and promoting cultural awareness and nature appreciation. Al Khayma inspires responsible tourism and cultural diversity, sharing the richness of Arabian culture and a profound connection with nature. Plus, a ride in the vintage Mercedes 'G Class' doesn't hurt either.

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OceanAir Travel

OceanAir Travel offers several different tours through conservations and camps, but we love a thrilling start with an exhilarating quad bike ride across the undulating dunes of the Lahbab Desert, followed by an adrenaline-pumping session of sandboarding down the sandy slopes. Embrace the timeless traditions of riding out into the sunset on a camel at Al Khayma desert camp with a camel safari, venturing deep into the desert like the ancient Bedouin people. Arriving at the Al Khayma desert camp, experience Emirati hospitality with Arabic coffee and sweet treats, and indulge in traditional activities like shisha, henna-painting, and an Arabian makeover. As night falls, savor a delightful BBQ dinner accompanied by Tanoura and Khaliji dances, immersing in the rich local history and culture.

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Orient Tours

Unwind from the chaos of daily life and ignite your romance with an intimate desert getaway for two in this private safari by Orient Tours. Kickstart the adventure in an exclusive Jeep, traversing the enchanting dunes with photo stops to capture your cherished moments. Embrace the charm of the 'Ships of the Desert' up close at a camel farm. As the sun sets, bask in the mesmerizing hues and embark on a short camel ride, creating unforgettable memories in the Arabian twilight. Culminate the evening with a delectable barbecue dinner, savoring the flavors of love before departing with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

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Platinum Heritage

Platinum Heritage is probably our favorite luxury desert safari in Dubai. It's an unforgettable journey that immerses you in the rich history and natural wonders of the region. Delight in a 60-minute nature drive aboard your private, open-air Range Rover, exploring the pristine landscapes and visiting a remote bird sanctuary. You can even hop off at various moments to explore the hidden treasure of the preserve's flora and fauna under the sharp and observant eyes of your very knowledgeable guide. Immerse yourself in the ancient art of falconry during a stunning falcon show, accompanied by delectable canapés, and embrace the desert's allure as you embark on a camel ride into the glorious sunset, leading to a lantern-lit oasis where your private dining cabana awaits. Savor a six-course fine dining dinner, indulging in exquisite flavors under the stars. Complete the evening with aromatic shisha, captivating entertainment, and a dreamy stargazing session, making this desert safari an enchanting journey beyond imagination.

Platinum Heritage also offers an overnight experience as well as a sunrise desert tour, and an incomparable bird's eye view from within a hot air balloon.

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Rayna Tours

If it's the ride of your life via a 4x4 dune bash that takes you on an adrenaline-pumping ride through the golden sands of Dubai's untouched desert wilderness, then Rayna Tours is your go-to company. Experience the serenity of the desert as you plummet low in deep ditches and soar high on the summit of the dunes, all while capturing enchanting desert sunset views. After the adventure, immerse yourself in the authentic Bedouin culture at our traditional Arabic campsite, where you can savor sumptuous BBQ dining, enjoy captivating traditional performances, and indulge in a variety of cultural experiences like camel rides, henna designs, and falcon interactions. It's the perfect escape from the dazzling city to discover a different side of Dubai's pristine desert landscape.

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