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 also 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 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 back in the desert after dark, you enjoy the breezy wind and the cool climate under a blanket of stars.
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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 get dropped back at their hotels by 8.30 am.
If you prefer a longer safari, check out the 20-hour overnight safari Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours offers.
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 600 ($165) for adults.
Kids aged 3 to 11 years get an AED 100 discount and pay only AED 500 ($136).
Despite the relatively higher cost, tourists love it because it helps them experience real desert life.
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 Arabian Desert 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 Lahbab desert, which is 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 gets a chance to sit together and chat and share stories.
You can split whenever you want and head to the coziness of your bed and tent, both of which are included with the safari tickets.
Your tent will have a Nawar bed (Bedouin style bed), pillows, blankets, restroom, and 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 600 ($163)
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): AED 500 ($136)
Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours offers a 20-hour overnight safari followed by a gourmet breakfast. It costs AED 1000 ($270) per person.
Orient Tours offers a 17-hour overnight safari, which is best suitable for large groups. It costs AED 1750 ($475) for four guests.
What to wear for an overnight desert safari
During your desert safari, you must be comfortable, which is why 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.
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 are sure to 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), and the coldest time is usually 3 am to 5 am.
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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