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How to enjoy Desert Safari to the fullest

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

A visit to Dubai is never complete without an adventure in the wide sprawling sand dunes of Dubai. Experience the beauty and magnificence of the golden sands with an exhilarating . Onboard strong and fierce 4x4 Land Cruiser SUVs, drivers who are expert in desert driving will take you dune bashing against the rolling sandy hills in an afternoon of extreme thrill and excitement. Afterwards, you can rest and relax as you immerse yourself in Bedouin culture at a desert camp where more amazing activities await you and your friends. 

The popular desert safari happens from 3 PM to 9 PM. You driver will pick you up from your hotel or at a designated meeting place before taking you on a 45-minute drive to the deserts. Once in the dunes, simply enjoy the roller coaster rides and enjoy the wide open desert views. 

Here are some general tips to help you properly prepare for your desert safari adventure in glorious Dubai: 

Have a light and early lunch. Do not eat anything that will upset your stomach when your 4x4s roll up and down the sand dunes. The ride can get very bumpy and can make you feel nauseous.

Wear comfortable yet decent clothing. Shorts, shirts, or lightweight tops are acceptable. You can bring extra shawls or jackets for when the weather temperature cools down at night.

Since you will have the opportunity to frolic in the sands during breaks, it is preferable to wear open shoes, flip flops, or sandals. Sand can get anywhere inside your shoes.

As with any outdoor outing, don’t forget to wear sunblock. Bring a hat and sunglasses, too.

Bring a camera or a video camera to capture the exciting experience and the mesmerizing beauty of the desert.

Bring some cash or credit card. On the way to the desert, there will be comfort stops where you can buy some light refreshments although there will be free refreshments and food served at the camp side.

At the camp, you can buy photos and videos taken by the official tour photographer as well as souvenirs from shops. 

During the dune bashing, don’t forget to strap yourself in. The safari vehicles are equipped with proper safety features, and approved safe by the government. The drivers are trained experts in desert driving as well, so there is no need to worry. If time permits, you can catch the beautiful sunset across the horizon just as you enjoy sliding down the sandy hills while sand boarding. 

Due to the rough nature of the activity, dune bashing is not recommended for pregnant women, babies, and those with back and heart problems. However, they can still enjoy the activities at the desert camp, and tour companies would be happy to take them directly there. 

At the desert camp, everybody can enjoy an exciting selection of offerings. Take a short camel ride. Enjoy Arabic coffee and dates. Get henna tattoos. Try out traditional Arabic costumes. Smoke flavored shisha. Check out some souvenir items. At dinner time, a sumptuous BBQ buffet is served while you are entertained by amazing Tanoura Dance and Belly Dance performances. 

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