The city of Dubai sits within the Arabian Desert along the coast of the Persian Golf. The desert area surrounding Dubai, often called the Dubai Desert, is characterized by endless vistas of rolling sand dunes -- quite different from the gravelly desert further south.

For many travelers, the Dubai Desert offers an escape from the manmade extravagance of the city and a way to enjoy nature at her most extreme. Four by fours and all-terrain vehicles carry passengers out into the dunes for sand boarding, camel treks, picnics, balloon rides or starlit barbecues without any other signs of human habitation in sight.

If you’re planning a visit to the Dubai Desert, try to avoid the period between June and September, when average daily highs top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius). December, January and February are the coolest months, with daily averages in the high 60s.

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Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Revservation! After traveling from your central Dubai hotel to Margham by minibus, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $273.00

Luxury Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities with Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Ride a camel through the desert and enjoy dinner at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this exciting 7-hour experience! Leave Dubai in an air-conditioned minivan and ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00

Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4x4 Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding and Camel Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Experience four thrilling desert experiences on an exciting 4-hour morning tour from Dubai! After heading into the desert bright and early in a comfortable 4x4 ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Dubai Shore Excursion: Private 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks at the Port of Dubai, head out to discover the Dubai desert with a private driver/guide! The exciting 5-hour shore excursion ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.25

Conservation Drive With Refreshments at Al Maha Desert Resort and Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the fauna and flora of the UAE desert on this fascinating 5-hour conservation drive tour from Dubai. Traveling in a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon with a ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.50

4x4 Dubai Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1090 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 5-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, take a camel ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.37

Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 194 Reviews

See the highlights of Dubai and its surrounding desert on this Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days! Enjoy a city sightseeing tour by ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $109.45

Private Tour: 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari from Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Spend a day in the desert with a private guide, and enjoy a camel ride and sandboarding session as well as a BBQ dinner and show under the stars! After leaving ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.05

4x4 Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Dinner and Belly Dancing Performance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Take a 4x4 adventure across the sands on an afternoon and evening safari, where you’ll catch a spectacular desert sunset and enjoy dinner around a campfire. ...  Read more

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.68

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