Couple at desert safari camp in Dubai
Couple at desert safari camp in Dubai

Desert Safari Dream: Memorable Experience in Dubai

Introduction to Desert Safari

Desert Safari in Dubai is one of the most popular adventure tourist attractions in the United Arab Emirates. Participants usually embark on thrilling rides in four-by-four vehicles across the desert, known as sand dune bashing, before reaching a campsite. Here, they enjoy live entertainment while dining under the stars.

A man observing a quad bike rider in the desert safari
Nathaniel at the quad bike rental

Our Desert Safari Adventure

We opted for an evening desert safari experience in the United Arab Emirates, and our booking included the following:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Dubai via Land cruiser.
  • Buffet dinner featuring a variety of Arabic foods, along with complimentary refreshments such as soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Camel riding and complimentary henna tattoos for hands and feet.
  • OPTIONAL: Choice of different henna painting designs, free of charge.
  • Opportunity to wear traditional Arabic dress for both men and women.
  • Live entertainment at the desert camp.

Quad Bike Rental Experience

Tourist riding a quad bike during Dubai desert safari
Tourist riding a quad bike during Dubai desert safari

The initial destination on the tour is the quad bike rental area, where visitors have the chance to rent a four-wheel vehicle for desert driving. Typically, guests can spend around fifteen to twenty minutes at this location, enjoying the exhilarating experience of navigating the desert terrain on a quad bike.

Sand Dune Bashing Thrills

A couple enjoying dune bashing inside a 4x4 vehicle during desert safari in Dubai
Joanna and Nathaniel enjoying dune bashing inside a 4×4 vehicle during desert safari in Dubai

Next up is the thrilling and adrenaline-pumping activity of dune bashing. Your vehicle will traverse through the sand dunes of the desert, providing an exhilarating experience akin to a roller coaster ride.

Dune bashing adventure

Remember to fasten your seat belt for a safer desert safari experience.

Couples at sand dunes in Dubai
Joanna and Nathaniel at sand dunes in Dubai

Live Shows at the Desert Safari Camp

Following the thrilling dune bashing adventure, our tour operator escorted us to the designated desert camp where we savored the breathtaking sunset and soaked in the enchanting ambiance amidst the golden sands of Dubai.

Couples at sand dunes in Dubai
Nathaniel and Joanna at sand dunes
.Joanna and Nathaniel in front of Royal Adventure camp in Dubai
.Joanna and Nathaniel in front of Royal Adventure camp in Dubai

Besides our camp, guests can enjoy a close encounter with camels and even try riding one for free. Inside the camp, complimentary henna tattoos are available, and guests can also request custom designs for a small fee.

Joanna displaying a flower henna tattoo in desert safari camp
Joanna showcasing a flower henna tattoo
Nathaniel and Joanna enjoying dinner at desert safari camp
Nathaniel and Joanna enjoying dinner at a desert safari camp

The dinner experience at the camp features a delightful buffet spread of delicious Arabic cuisine. As guests dine, they are treated to captivating live performances by talented dancers. The entertainment lineup includes a mesmerizing belly dance, followed by the traditional Tanura dance. In this dance, dancers spin gracefully in colorful skirts to the rhythm of the music. The evening concludes with a thrilling fire dance, showcasing impressive fire-eating, fire-dancing, and fire-breathing skills.

Visitors observing a belly dancer at a desert safari camp
Visitors enjoying a Tanoura dancer performance
Visitors witnessing a fire dancer performance

Belly dance, originating in Egypt, focuses on torso movements, while Tanura dance is a vibrant Egyptian folk dance known for its spinning motions.


As we wrap up our desert safari escapade in Dubai, I’m filled with gratitude for the extraordinary experiences we’ve shared amidst the golden sands. From the heart-pounding dune bashing to the serene moments under the starry sky, each moment was a treasure to behold. Whether you’ve journeyed through the desert before or are yearning for your first taste of Arabian adventure, I hope this post has ignited a spark of excitement within you. Share your desert safari dreams or cherished memories in the comments below, and let’s keep the spirit of exploration alive!

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Nathaniel Amoyen is co-founder of Joanathx. Full-time ex-pat worker at day and writer at night.

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2 Responses

  1. WanderWoMom says:

    This is a fun and one of a kind experience. Ive never really been to the middle east. I enjoyed reading your blog!

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