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Morning desert safaris in Dubai – prices, activities, timings

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A morning desert safari is a perfect way to start your day during a Dubai holiday

Spending the morning amidst the golden desert on the city’s outskirts helps you enjoy the original beauty of Dubai in its vast stretch of desert.

Morning desert safaris are suitable for all age groups, group sizes, and interests and offer an authentic experience that will linger in your memory long after the vacation.

This article explains everything you must know about the exciting mix of morning desert safaris in Dubai.

Morning desert safari in Dubai

Morning safari vs evening safari

Both morning and evening safaris have their appeal, and what’s best for you depends on your interests. 

If you love the adrenaline rush and adventure and are an early bird, opt for the morning desert safari because you can leave at 8 am, indulge in extreme dune bashing, quad biking, snowboarding, etc., and get back by 11 am.

Besides the adventure, if you also want to experience Emirati culture, opt for the evening desert safari, which starts around 2.30 pm and lasts six to eight hours.

During the evening safaris, tourists can enjoy BBQ Dinner, Belly dance, Tanoura dance, Henna painting, Shisha smoking, Falconry, and local costumes.

Evening safaris are costlier because they last longer and include more activities. 

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What to expect on a morning safari

All morning desert safaris start at 8 am or 9 am. 

Your driver picks you up from your hotel in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, or the Port Rashid cruise terminal and drives you to the desert. 

Once you reach the red dunes, the adventures unveil.

The driver flattens the tire of your 4×4 Land Cruiser and gets ready for Dune Bashing, the most thrilling activity of the day.

After you have slipped and slid on the massive dunes, you try out sandboarding, quad biking, and camel riding. 

By the time you are done with all the adventures, the sun gets scorching, and it is time to get into your vehicles and return to your hotel. 

Morning safarisCost
Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, SandboardingAED 115 ($31)
Dune Bashing, Sandboarding in Lahbab desertAED 117 ($32)
Desert Safari, Quad Bike, & Al Khayma CampAED 279 ($76)
Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and SandboardingAED 259 ($71)
Half-day desert safari with BrunchAED 288 ($78)

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Why morning desert safaris are better

Most tourists believe that morning desert safaris in Dubai are better than evening safaris. 

We list some reasons tourists prefer Dubai desert safaris that start early in the day. 

Explore more of Dubai

Dubai has many attractions, such as the Burj KhalifaDubai Fountain ShowSheikh Zayed MosqueDubai AquariumSki Dubai, etc. As a result, tourists always need more time during their vacation.

This is why dedicating six to eight hours to an evening safari doesn’t seem feasible, and many prefer the 4-hour-long morning safaris. 

Tourists who opt for the morning safari can return to their hotel rooms by 11 am or noon and plan a post-lunch or evening activity. 

Avoid the crowd

Morning desert safari isn’t usually crowded, so tourists who want a more intimate experience opt for the early-morning tour.

Tourists who find being in the afternoon desert sun too hot to handle opt for evening safaris.

You see Dubai desert in its full glory

The Dubai desert looks the best when the morning sun hits the dunes. 

The shining dunes and the fantastic morning visuals will stay in your memory forever.

Those who want to go further opt for the overnight desert safari and watch the sunrise the next day before returning to their hotel.

High on Adrenalin Rush

The morning desert safari in Dubai packs more adventure per hour than the evening safari.

Visitors enjoy red dune bashing for an extended period, sandboarding, quad biking, dune buggy riding, and camel rides. 

Some activities may be outside the standard package, so read up thoroughly before booking your experience. 

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Best morning safaris in Dubai

There are hundreds of morning desert safaris in Dubai, of which we have presented below the best five.

All these highly rated safaris start between 8 am to 10 am and get you back to your hotel much before lunch. 

Note: When it comes to desert safaris, you get what you pay for. The safaris we have listed below may be a tad costlier than you may find elsewhere, but you are guaranteed a fantastic experience.

Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time: 8 am, 9 am & 10 am
Pick up: Available from all hotels or locations within Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and the Port Rashid Cruise Terminal.
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: Ammar Tours

This tour is an opportunity to explore the Dubai desert in the best ways possible. 

It is one of the best desert safaris in Dubai if you want a thrilling adventure with family and friends. 

You will experience dune bashing, sandboarding, camel ride, etc., and then take photos of the vast expanse of the Dubai desert. 

*On the booking page, opt for the 4-hour-long safaris

Cost of desert safari

Shared Safari: AED 115 ($31) per person
Private Safari: AED 756 ($206) for a group of 5

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Red Dune Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboard

Rating: 4.8/5
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time: 8 am, 9 am and 10 am
Pick up: Available from all hotels or locations within Dubai city and Port Rashid cruise terminal
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: Dream Journey Tourism

Depending on how early you can start, you can select from the 8 am, 9 am, and 10 am slots to get picked up from your hotel.

You drive to the unforgiving Lahbab desert for 30 to 45 minutes of dune bashing. 

Dune bashing is followed by sandboarding, camel rides, and stops for photos, after which you head back to your hotel.

*On the booking page, opt for the 4-hour-long safaris

Cost of desert safari

Shared safari: AED 117 ($32) for a person
Private safari: AED 756 ($206) for a group of six

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Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time: 7.45 am, 9 am and 10 am
Pick up: Available from Dubai, Sharjah, Dubai Cruise Terminal (Port Rashid), and Dubai Airport
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: OceanAir Travels

This guided dune-bashing safari is one of the best ways to discover the desert outside Dubai. 

You will be picked up from your hotel or selected location by your tour guide and then drive to the Dubai desert.

You will start with popular desert sports, including dune bashing and sandboarding.

And then, head to Al Khayma Camp for the camel ride and optional quad bike experience. 

If you opt for the quad bike ride, you can ride on the dunes for 35 minutes. 

*On the booking page, opt for the 4-hour-long safaris

Cost of desert safari

Without Quad Bike: AED 129 ($35) for a person
With Quad Bike: AED 279 ($76) for a person

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Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time: 8 am, 9 am and 10 am
Pick up: Available from any hotel or location within Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and the Port Rashid cruise terminal. 
Type of tour: Small Group 
Tour Operator: Ammar Tours

On this fantastic desert safari, you will escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai and experience the calm of the surrounding desert.

For four hours, you will enjoy legendary Arabian hospitality and satisfy your sense of adventure in Lehbab, approximately 50 kilometers from Dubai city center.

After your 4WD Land Cruiser slips and slides like a roller-coaster across the dunes, you can try the camel ride, sandboarding, or quad bike experience. 

With quad bike ride: AED 259 ($71)
Without quad bike ride: AED 126 ($34)

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Half-day Desert Safari with Sandboarding, Camels & Brunch

Rating: 4.8/5
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time: 7.30 am, 8 am, 9 am and 10 am
Pick up: Available from hotels or apartments in Dubai as well as from the cruise port of Port Rashid
Type of tour: Small Group 
Tour Operator: OceanAir Travels

Depending on your choice, this highly-rated desert safari can start at 8 am, 9 am, or 10 am and goes on for four hours. 

A 4×4 Land Cruiser takes you to Lahbab Red Dunes desert, 45 minutes from Dubai.

You will indulge in dune bashing and sandboarding before you head to Al Khayma camp.

You will be served a light brunch at the camp, after which you will return home.

You can also upgrade and include ‘Quad bike riding’ or a ‘private car’ for your group on the ticket booking page.

Desert Safari price

Shared safari: AED 115 ($31) for a person
Safari with Quad Bike: AED 288 ($78) for a person

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What you don’t get in morning safari

When you opt for the desert morning safari in Dubai, you miss a few experiences, such as the fantastic sunset, BBQ dinner, and Emirati cultural activities at the Bedouin camp.

If you want to try out activities such as Falconry, Arabic costume, Henna Painting, Shisha Smoking, Belly Dance, Tanoura Dance, etc., you can book the best evening safari in Dubai.

Tourists with elderly or kids opt for the evening safari because it is slow-paced and includes entertainment.  

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