Whether you are a family touring Dubai, a group of friends looking for adventure sports or a couple on a honeymoon, the Desert Safari Dubai serves all sorts. The adrenaline junkies can get high on dune bashing and lovers can rekindle old romance of the Arabian nights by camping on the desert and indulging in luxuries of choice. Stargaze with your loved one or just have some quiet time together, there can be no place more apt than a desert that has buried millions of untold stories from civilisations past.
If you want to surf the sandy ocean, then morning desert safari will suit you. You can get high on dune bashing, quad biking, sand skiing and camel rides. Quad biking comes at an added price of AED 30 in most plans.
You will be entertained in a 4WD vehicle through most of the trip. Some tour operators offer vintage drives as old as 60 years for those who appreciate a classic touch while others boast of late models of land cruisers.
Other activities include henna painting and camel rides. After 20-30 minutes of dune bashing, you will be taken to your camp where you can unwind. You may want to get traditional henna tattooed on your hands or travel the desert the bedouin way- that is on camels.
You will be picked up from your hotel in a large, air conditioned 4WD with a capacity to accommodate 6-8 passengers. So if you are a group of 6, then you have the entire ride to yourself without the presence of strangers. After the trip is over, the drop-off will be available as well.
Also known as Sunset Safari, this one happens as dusk falls. If you want a cooler atmosphere, then an Evening Desert Safari might suit you.
The basic features of the package remain the same though. You will be picked up in a 4WD along with other passengers. Upon reaching the destination, you will be entertained with the Emiratis’ favourite pastime -that is dune bashing. This involves dashing through the mighty sand dunes at full throttle as your vehicle bumps and drifts spraying sand in its wake.
Thrill aside, the dunes look magnificent at sunset and are a sight to marvel. Your driver will probably stop at a viewpoint where you can take in the majestic beauty of the desert. Don’t forget to make some memories here.
Some tour operators also offer sand-skiing and you might want to take up on the opportunity. You will then be driven off to your enclosure which basically comprises of bedouin camps pegged up. Here you can enjoy the rest of your tour package which entails, henna painting, camel rides and belly dancing. You can pose in the traditional Arab costume, sit back and smoke Sheesha or have a picture taken with a Falcon perched on your arm. The last on the list is of course an Emirati buffet cuisine which you will be served on site.
Soft glow of the lamps lighting up the golden desert sand, warm lights in the tent as you cozy up for the night, an overnight safari conjures up sweet nostalgia of old days. Extending Sunset Safari further, you have an overnight desert safari tour which is a much better way to enjoy the grandeur of the desert and contemplate upon life’s finer points.
You probably like your coffee in cafe or on a wooden bench under the tree or in a winter night on your patio— but here you enjoy a steaming cup of Arabic Coffee (Qahwa) in the midst of a desert sitting by an antique lamp with your companions.
Some tour operators also offer stargazing with a professional astronomer as part of the package. The luxury level is of course dependent on the price you pay. You get what you pay for in the desert safari experience and it's all worth it.
Falconry is a hunting art. A falcon is used as a bird of prey to hunt down wild animals and then return to captivity. Being an imperative part of desert life, falconry has been practiced in the Arabian lands for centuries and is a skill that most bedouins are armed with.
In this safari, your tour guide will walk you through modern and ancient techniques of falconry training. The experience will be interactive as you will get to observe the world’s best trained falcons and even try a hand at calling a falcon to perch on your arm.
If you are one of those who dread the idea of speeding through sand and would prefer a quieter and a refined activity, then a Conservation or Wildlife Desert Safari is for you. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enter into the habitat of diverse species that reside in the dry terrain.
Only a select few safari agencies are authorised to operate in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Peek into the desert eco-system and discover birdlife, Arabian Oryx, the rare Gordons Wildcat and exotic flora and fauna of the area. Feast your eyes on the carefully preserved and maintained desert wildlife of UAE. Enjoy the ride with juices and snacks that will be provided to you.
Note: Children under 10 are not allowed in the resort