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Overnight desert safari in Dubai – prices, discounts, what to expect

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Overnight desert safari in Dubai is for those who want to ‘live’ the real desert.

Besides the regular desert activities such as dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding, camel riding, etc., guests enjoy a barbecue dinner and stay overnight in a typical Bedouin tent.

The next day, they get up early to see the desert sunrise, have an Arabian breakfast, and then get dropped off at their hotel.

The overnight Dubai safari is an extension of the evening desert safari and commences once the guests of the evening safari have left the campsite.

Overnight desert safari in Dubai is an entirely different experience from a day safari. 

When you stay in the desert after dark, you enjoy the breezy wind and the cool climate under a blanket of stars.

This article shares everything you must know before booking your overnight desert safari in Dubai.

Overnight desert safari in Dubai

Duration of overnight desert safaris

Most overnight desert safaris in Dubai start at around 2.30 pm and last approximately 18 hours. 

After spending the night in the desert and seeing the next day’s sunrise, guests return to their hotels by 8.30 am.

If you prefer a longer safari, check out the 20-hour overnight safari Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours offers.

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Price of overnight desert safaris

The overnight safaris, which involves sleeping in a Bedouin tent followed by a sunrise camel trek & breakfast, are priced at AED 609 ($166) for adults.

Kids aged 3 to 11 years get an AED 91 discount and pay only AED 518 ($142).

Despite the relatively higher cost, tourists love it because it helps them experience real desert life.

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What to expect on an overnight safari camp

The overnight desert safari in Dubai is a superior experience and a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Arabian Desert at night in the company of mesmerizing stars.

The experience starts at 2.30 pm when you get picked up in an SUV and driven to the Lahbab desert, 60 minutes from Dubai.

You experience desert delights like dune bashing, camel riding, a barbecue dinner & dance shows and, above all, stay overnight in a Bedouin tent at Al Khayma camp. 

After dinner, everybody can sit together and chat and share stories. 

You can split whenever you want and head to the coziness of your bed and tent, which are included with the safari tickets. 

Your tent will have a Nawar bed (Bedouin style bed), pillows, blankets, a restroom, and a shower.

You go on a sunrise camel trek and have an Arabian breakfast the following day before getting dropped back at your hotel.

Safari inclusions – 

  • Pick-up and drop
  • Dune Bashing
  • Camel Riding
  • Quad Biking
  • Sand Boarding
  • Watching Sunset
  • BBQ Dinner
  • Photos wearing Arabic costume
  • Photos with Falcon
  • Henna Painting
  • Shisha Smoking
  • Belly Dance
  • Tanoura Dance
  • Watching Sunrise
  • Arabian Breakfast

Cost of VIP overnight safari

Adult ticket (12+ years): AED 609 ($166)
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): AED 518 ($142)

Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours offers a 20-hour overnight safari followed by a gourmet breakfast. It costs AED 1120 ($305) per person.

Orient Tours offers a 17-hour overnight safari, which is best suitable for large groups. It costs AED 1885 ($513) for four guests.

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What to wear for an overnight desert safari

During your desert safari, you must be comfortable, so you must wear light clothes made of linen or cotton. 

Light colors don’t absorb the heat so much, thus keeping you cool even during high temperatures.

Since your safari starts at 2.30 pm, it is still better to wear long sleeve top and full-length trousers so that your skin is not exposed. 

If you wear shorts, you will accumulate sand in uncomfortable places.

Flip flops or sandals work better than shoes because sand gets into closed footwear, making walking uncomfortable.

You will need the shades till the sun loses its bite just before it goes down the horizon. 

Carry warm wear like sweaters, cardigans, etc., to manage the temperature drop as the sun goes down. 

Nighttime temperatures in the desert can drop to 5 °C (41 °F); the coldest time is usually 3 am to 5 am. 

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Tips for overnight Dubai safari

Here are a few tips to make your nighttime safari in Dubai memorable – 

  • If you have a camera, get a tripod because the night sky and the sunrise make for beautiful photographs
  • Carry a small bag with towels and basic toiletries
  • Except for your mobile, leave all the electronics at your hotel as there are no electrical points at the camp
  • Pack your prescription medicine, if you have any

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