No holiday in Dubai is complete without a desert safari.
Next to visiting Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s most popular tourist activity is going on a desert safari.
All tour operators offer endless variations of the experience, so the price of desert safari in Dubai varies over a wide range.
A well-rated safari tour starts from AED 125 ($35) onwards, while a private desert safari can even go up to AED 2,000 ($540) per person.
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Why the price of Desert Safari varies
The cost of your desert safari in Dubai will depend on three factors – its timing, tour inclusions, and seasonal variation.
Duration of desert safari
Tour companies take tourists into the desert for safaris all through the day.
Morning desert safaris are customized for extreme adventure and usually last only four hours.
Evening desert safaris last seven to eight hours, including a BBQ dinner.
That’s why evening desert safaris are costlier than morning safaris.
Depending on the desert safari you book, you will experience some or all of the below activities –
- Dune Bashing
- Quad Biking
- Sand Boarding
- BBQ Dinner
- Camel Riding
- Watching Sunrise
- Watching Sunset
- Photos wearing Arabic costume
- Photos with Falcon
- Henna Painting
- Shisha Smoking
- Belly Dance
- Tanoura Dance
The other activities are included with all safari tours.
As with other tourist activities, desert safaris tend to be cheaper on weekdays and lean seasons.
However, the discounts on safaris come at a price because the weather can be scorching during lean tourist seasons.
Cost of morning safaris from Dubai
Morning safaris which include extreme Dune Bashing and other regular activities cost AED 170 ($45) per person.
Dubai desert safaris that include Dune Bashing and Quad Bike Ride (35 minutes) cost AED 290 ($90) per person.
Morning desert safaris are best for visitors who prefer to start their day early, want to be back before it gets too hot, or have something else planned for the evening.
A private morning desert safari with a pick up from your hotel in Dubai will cost approximately AED 900 ($245) for a group of six tourists.
Cost of evening safaris from Dubai
Evening Dubai safaris are costlier than morning safaris.
A regular safari costs AED 390 ($98), but if you want to include the adrenalin-pumping Red Dunes Bashing, its price goes up to AED 420 ($115) per person.
If you also want to include VIP food service in your desert experience, you must shell out AED 450 ($122) per traveler.
A seven-hour long private evening desert safari with a pick up from your Dubai hotel costs approximately AED 2300 ($625) for a group of six travelers.
Price of overnight desert safaris
The overnight desert safaris, which involves sleeping in a Bedouin tent followed by a sunrise camel trek & breakfast, are priced at AED 600 ($165) per person.
Despite the cost, tourists love it because it helps them experience real desert life.
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