While Dubai may be most known for its soaring skyscrapers, you don’t have to travel far to reach its vast desert. Whether you head out on a camel’s back for an overnight desert safari, or spend the afternoon engaging in some intense dune bashing, there are so many ways to have an unforgettable desert adventure in Dubai.
A camel safari is the best way to step back in time and experience life in Dubai fifty years ago. A camel convoy is the traditional form of transportation for the Bedouin nomads, and this is the most authentic way to trace their steps. There are a variety of different camel safaris to choose from, such as an overnight adventure or a one hour trek. In addition to riding on a camel, visitors are also able to learn about these mysterious animals, and there are many operators that also provide the opportunity to have a taste of camel milk. The camels are equipped with saddles, and each trusty camel has their own handler, ensuring that your safety and enjoyment is always the top priority.
Dune bashing is an adrenaline-filled activity that involves guiding an off-road vehicle over Dubai’s dramatic sand dunes. Usually on quad bikes, dune bashing in Dubai is always thrilling, as you are able to make the most of the expansive trackless desert, as well as the variety of both high and low sand dunes. Every dune bashing adventure begins with some rules on off-road driving, as well as a safety talk, so this is a great activity that everybody can try.
While a camel safari appeals to a wide range of tourists, any equestrians that visit Dubai will no doubt be excited to see its stunning Arabian horses, who have been a part of Arab history for thousands of years. Choose from a variety of beautiful Arab and Thoroughbred horses, and enjoy a horseback ride through the golden desert. Since horses are not able to cope with the heat in the same way that camels are, desert horseback rides are normally limited to the mornings and evenings, when the air is cooler and the sun less intense.
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
Having to coax yourself out of bed extra early is definitely worth it for a sunrise hot air balloon adventure. After being picked up from the city, you will be taken to the balloon launch site in the desert. The balloon’s take-off time intentionally coincides with the sunrise, so that as you are rising into the air, it feels as though you will be meeting the sun in the sky as it rises over the Arabian desert. The views are breathtaking, featuring everything from the endless sand dunes to towering mountains to glistening oases and, of course, plenty of camels.
A visit to Dubai is not complete without heading out for a desert adventure. Whether you take in the views from above as the sunlight first hits the sand, or indulge in an exhilarating horseback gallop over the dunes on a magnificent Arabian, adventure enthusiasts will love all that Dubai’s deserts have to offer.