Desert safari is a must-do activity during your holiday in the United Arab Emirates.
Besides Ras Al Khaimah, these desert tours are also available from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Hatta, etc.
On a desert safari from the city of Ras Al Khaimah, you will indulge in adventurous activities such as dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding, etc., and see majestic sunsets as well.
You will also experience the vast dunes, stunning views, rich Arabic culture, and the traditional cuisine of the Middle East.
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Evening Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner
This six-hour evening desert safari starts with a 3 pm pick-up from your hotel in Ras Al Khaimah.
Your driver for the day picks you up in an air-conditioned off-road vehicle and drives you to the desert dunes surrounding the city.
You will stop at a traditional camel farm to see and learn about the different species found in the desert around Ras Al Khaimah.
The next adventure on the agenda is the adrenalin-pumping dune bashing, after which you try your hand at sandboarding as well.
Then you reach a campsite and taste the Arabic coffee and dates offered as part of the traditional welcome.
After climbing on a camel for an optional guided tour around the camp, you can try out various cultural activities such as the henna tattoo, Arabic dressing, shisha smoking (Arabic water pipe), etc.
As it gets a bit dark, you will enjoy the traditional Tanourah folk dance and feast on a delicious barbecue dinner.
After dinner, you watch a live belly-dance performance.
The last activity of the day is when the camp lights get switched off, and you sit back and admire the star-lit sky.
After a peaceful moment of contemplation, you return to the bright city lights of Ras Al Khaimah.
Cost of Safari
Adult ticket (12+ years): AED 253 ($69)
Child ticket (4 to 11 years): AED 220 ($60)
*Alcoholic drinks are not included in this price and will cost extra.
What to wear for Ras Al Khaimah desert safari
During your desert safari just outside of Ras Al Khaimah, you must wear light clothes made out of linen or cotton.
Light colors don’t absorb the heat so much, thus keeping you cool even during high temperatures.
It is better to wear long sleeve top and full-length trousers so that your skin is not exposed.
If you wear shorts, you are sure to accumulate sand in uncomfortable places.
Bring along lots of sunscreens, and keep applying them on your exposed skin all through the trip.
Flip flops or sandals work better than shoes because sand gets into closed footwear, making walking uncomfortable.
Shades are an absolute must.
If you want to keep the sun at bay, get a wide-brimmed hat as well.
If you are booked for an evening or overnight desert safari, carry warm wear like sweaters, cardigans, etc., to manage the temperature drop as the sun goes down.
Desert Safari FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions by tourists planning a desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah.
- How long does the Ras Al Khaimah desert safari take?
The most popular desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah starts at 3 pm, and you are dropped back at your hotel around 10 pm.
- Are children allowed on desert safaris?
Children are allowed on desert safaris starting from Ras Al Khaimah. Most safaris have child-friendly activities such as camel riding, sandboarding, holding the falcon, dances, local performances, etc. However, if you have a child under four years, you must book a private car.
- Will I get water during the desert safari?
Many tour companies include bottled water and soft drinks as part of the package. However, it is always better to carry a water bottle with you.
- Is vegetarian food available on desert safaris?
Most desert safari companies cater to a diverse international audience, providing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. If you have special dietary requirements, you can always inform them after booking your tour.
Overnight Premium Chalet Camping
If you are holidaying in Ras Al Khaimah and want to spend a night in the desert, this camping trip is perfect for you.
Bedouin Oasis Camp is a 5-star chalet made of natural and traditional materials and offers a memorable overnight stay.
As part of the experience, you will participate in adventure activities, witness the desert sunset, eat a delicious BBQ dinner, and enjoy a bonfire.
You will then go to sleep, wake up to the beautiful sounds of the desert birds and watch the magnificent sunrise.
Before you get dropped at your hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, you will have a light breakfast at the camp.
Cost of an overnight stay
Adult ticket (12+ years): AED 400 ($110)
Child ticket (4 to 11 years): AED 100 ($27)
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