You don’t want to miss Dubai’s awesome Desert Safari

Expect to see luxury cars wheezing down Dubai’s roads.

Dubai may be reputed for being a vacation playground for the rich and famous, but it has so much more to offer than just luxury goods, fast cars, and ritzy hotels.

Dubai is a state-of-the-art city located directly within the Arabian desert.

Do be aware that Dubai summers are unsurprisingly hot, so you have to be prepared for 44°C temperatures every single day that you are there. Overnight lows are around 30°C, which is the average temperature in Malaysia.

The vast and empty desert of Dubai.

There is absolutely no way of escaping the heat, but you could make the most of it by indulging in some fun.

After days of endless shopping sprees, you ought to pay its renowned desert a visit.

All the Desert Safari tours that you may find online will lead you to this very part of the dust bowl.

What to expect

The tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel after lunch hours and the journey from Dubai Marina takes a little more than half an hour. Once you are at the desert, the driver will take you on a wild and crazy spin on his 4WD, and the ride will not stop until someone in the car threatens to puke. This form of “activity” is called dune bashing.

Never heard of it? Here’s what to expect:

After the ride, you will proceed to an area where permanent tents have been set up for a hearty feast.

A welcoming feast after a long day in the desert.

A 10-minute camel ride is complimentary, but you can choose to pay for longer ones if the experience appeals to you. You can also ride on horses at a cost.

Fancy a camel ride?

There will be performances lined up while you dine and soak in the warm evening breeze, including the ever amazing Tanoura dance, along with belly dancing.

Other activities include:

  • Henna painting
  • Shisha
  • Photography in traditional costumes
  • Sand-skiing

The desert safari tour is a perfect one-day activity if your stay in Dubai is short. If you are up for more adventures, why not sign up for the three-day camel trekking package?

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Grace Ng is a serial wanderluster, solo female traveller, award-winning recipe developer and travel writer.