You haven’t been to Dubai until you’ve experienced a desert safari. There are lots of companies offering the adventure with packages including dune bashing, camel rides, henna painting, sand surfing, dune buggies, photo opportunities in Emirati outfits and magnificent displays from a local falconer.
The day safaris end at a traditional Bedouin camp where guests can indulge in a barbecue meal and sip Arabic coffee or alcoholic beverages (Bedouin camps are licensed), while a belly dancer provides authentic entertainment. There’s shisha too. Some companies offer overnight stays where you can explore the desert night sky in all its glory and watch the sun rise over the sand dunes in a private tent.
- Some safairs may not be suitable for young children and the elderly as you can get thrown around.
- Wear comfortable and light clothing as it can get quite hot during the day.
- Wear loose footwear (e.g. sandals) as sand can collect in your shoes.
- Weekends can get busy therefore weekdays are recommended.
- Pack light as you’ll be moving around a lot.
- During winter months, take a jacket or wrap as the desert can get cold at night.