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Things to do in Dubai’s desert

Dune driving, desert wildlife safaris and more in Dubai
There's a reason why they call Dubai the desert city. Make the most of our serene sandy landscape with a range of fun activities, whether you’re looking to raise the adrenaline with quad-biking or relax on a luxury overnight escape.
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Embark on a desert safari

Ride the dunes

Embark on a desert safari

Ride the dunes

Your Adventure Starts Here

There are few experiences that are as ‘Dubai’ as the desert safari. Take a backseat (unless you prefer to sit at the front of your four-wheeled drive) and hold on tight as an experienced driver whips you around the sand dunes, teetering on the edge of seemingly sheer drops, before dipping down sandy slopes and back up again. There's a couple of stops for sunset photos before you're safely whisked away to a traditional-style Bedouin camp, where an Arabic buffet dinner awaits.

Contact Details:
  Arabian Adventures, Emirates Holidays Building, Sheikh Zayed Road. 

  +971 800 272 2426 

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Rev up for quad biking

An offroad adventure

Rev up for quad biking

An offroad adventure

Get An Adrenaline Rush

Direct your taxi driver to Dubai's most famous sand dune, Big Red, where you can hop on a quad bike and navigate the sandy landscape yourself. Available to hire by the half hour, the quad bikes are speedy and a helmet must be worn while riding. Follow the natural trail of the dunes, kicking sand in the face of your fellow riders as you hurtle and bounce over Dubai’s most iconic patch of sand. Big Red, or Al Hamar as it's locally known, is easy to spot along the Dubai-Hatta (E44) highway. Ask your driver to wait, or hire one for the day.

Contact Details:
  Golden Desert Motorcycles Rental, Dubai-Hatta highway (E44)

  +971 529 484 616 

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Go sandboarding

Sandy slippery slides

Go sandboarding

Sandy slippery slides

Take On The Dunes

This is one for true adrenaline-seekers. Strap this snowboard-like contraption to your feet and glide down the dunes just like you would at the slopes of Ski Dubai. While it's possible to rent a sand board at Big Red, there are a number of companies – such as Dream Explorer Dubai – that offer the full experience. The five-hour morning safari and sandboarding package starts off with a desert safari in a Hummer and ends with a sandboarding session, where you'll learn all the tips for making it down the dune smoothly.

Contact Details:
  Dream Explorer Dubai, Dubai Marina

  +971 4 456 3390
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A royal desert experience

Hit the sand in style

A royal desert experience

Hit the sand in style

Vintage Landrover Safari

Dubai-based luxe tour operators Platinum Heritage offers a number of desert safaris in Series 1 Landrovers through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where you can spot native wildlife and Arabian Oryx. Onboard this vintage vehicle, guests are taken through an authentic desert experience dating back to the 1950s. Choose the morning wildlife safari and finish off with a traditional Emirati breakfast and storytelling by a local Bedouin, or opt for the night safari, where you’ll stop for stunning sunsets and cap it off with a scrumptious meal at a royal desert retreat. For a truly exclusive treat, embark on the private astronomy tour, which will enlighten you on Arabian astronomy and bring you up-close-and-personal with nocturnal desert creatures (aided by a professional guide of course).

Contact Details:
  Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours & Safaris
  
  +971 4 388 4044
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Stay overnight in the desert

An oasis of comfort

Stay overnight in the desert

An oasis of comfort

When You Need To Relax

If camping is not really your thing, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve takes glamping to another level, with luxury tented-style villas, each featuring its own private infinity pool.

It's a place for relaxation rather than risk-taking, with a number of chilled activities on offer, the highlight being the sunset camel rides over the rolling dunes, where you can enjoy a beverage as you take in the uninterrupted views. Ask for a villa overlooking one of the natural oases, where you can watch gazelles and Arabian oryx stop in for a drink.

Contact Details:
  Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

  +971 4 832 9900 

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