The excursion you have to do in the desert of Dubai


We have already talked about the emirate of Dubai on multiple occasions and we have always stayed in its main attraction, thedubai city. This metropolis of incredible skyscrapers and huge shopping centers can get tired of its high monotony. That is why the visit to this corner of the United Arab Emirates It is not understood if we do not do an excursion in the desert of Dubai.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

Dubai desert tour

There are only three things we can observe from the tallest building in the world, the Burk khalifa. The main financial area of ​​Dubai, the Arabian Sea and the immense desert. We all have them at first hand but the desert, that landscape of sand and scarce vegetation, it is better that we enjoy it through one of the numerous Dubai desert excursions. The reason is very simple, the dunes are more than an hour away and what we have in the surroundings of the city are plains of land without any importance and where the only thing we can see is the occasional dromedary after catching an easy sunstroke .

Dubai desert routes for all tastes

As the star excursion in Dubai is the visit to the desert, there is quite a variety and we can choose modalities according to our preferences. We were examining all the options and finally by time issues we decided to make the first one we named in the following list:

  • Dunes and some sandboarding: our chosen circuit although we were given the opportunity to try Quads when stopping in a closed circuit. The dunes simply spectacular but the experience in sandboarding was not very good. Snowboards in bad conditions and with loose fixings. Suitable for a couple of laughs and little else.

  • Dunes and Quad ride: The Quad is a real tease. Unless you hire a specific excursion to ride a Quad, the circuits that take you to the dunes in 4 × 4 are limited to 30 minutes in a closed field where the law of the jungle proliferates. Neither dunes nor anything, just massification. You will taste the dunes in the 4 × 4 later.

  • Dunes, Quad ride and sandboarding: a combination of the two previous excursions.

  • Dunes and dinner in the desert: is combined with the previous options ending in a Jaima where they will give you dinner with some typical show.

An important detail are the schedules. Most can only be done in the afternoon although there are some that leave at 8 in the morning upon express request. Ideally, go out in the afternoon to enjoy the to become night.

Our experience in the desert of Dubai

From Spain, although we can hire you from Dubai directly, we contact a Dubai agency to undertake the excursion. The price around 55/60€ It was a bit dribble and depended on how many people would go in the 4 × 4.

Once in Dubai and on the day agreed with the agency, they came to pick us up at 2:00 pm in a couple of 4 × 4 model vehicles Toyota Land Cruiser, he all terrain par excellence in Arabian countries. From the hotel we would have about an hour and a half on good quality roads to the entrance to the dunes.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

From the beginning we knew that despite hiring the excursions during the week the number of tourists (like us) that we were going to find would be quite high. Moreover, on the road we saw more than one hundred vehicles similar to ours and driving to the same destination (see below).

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

You can see the destination in the image above, where Dubai is on the left and the dune area on the right, very close to the mountainous Oman. Below is the route we made, from the South to the North.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

After an hour, we stopped at a parking lot in the desert where we paid for the excursion in cash or by credit card since the cars carried dataphone. There was a closed circuit of Quads right there, or rather an open field where you could rent one of those fun vehicles and drive for about half an hour among dozens of other vehicles. NOT RECOMMENDED.

After the stop we went to the section of the dunes that was quite close to the parking lot. Our car stopped right at the entrance and waited some time not to be accompanied by several vehicles marching in procession. It was also the time to take advantage of deflating part of the wheels to make driving through the desert easier. After the process, the excursion through the desert dunes of the emirate of Dubai began.

As is normal for this type of excursions, it is best to forget the camera while the vehicle is running. But you will catch a care sickness and that is why we will only show photos of when we were standing.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

I, who was marching in the passenger seat, the dizziness was very mild, but those who were sitting behind had a much worse time. Especially when we started to take speed to climb some dune of great proportions without seeing what was behind it. Surprise!! But of course, these drivers seek to raise the adrenaline of their customers and each corner of the desert is known as the palm of their hand. Everything is for a well-deserved tip although some were stuck in the sand….

After approximately 30/45 minutes of strong sensations, the 4 × 4 headed to the top of a dune for the practice of sandboarding and where there were 10 more vehicles. From our point of view it was late, it was beginning to get dark and you almost had to choose between enjoying that warm moment or sliding down the dune down a snowboard in conditions that could be improved.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

Personally I chose to enjoy the sunset, the best we can do in the desert without a doubt. The colors of the desert sand change at times and the landscape becomes truly spectacular.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

However, once the sun went down at the height of the Persian Gulf, there was still enough light to practice some sandboarding…. I have some experience with Snowboarding, the feeling with the sand was not satisfactory. Perhaps because the fixings of the boards were broken and you couldn't fix them to your boots, so any attempt to turn meant letting go of the board. One m ...

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

And the night gained ground a day and I had to return to Dubai. Instead of returning on the outward road, the SUV followed another route through the desert dunes until we stopped at the top of one of them to take advantage of inflating the wheels again. The road was very close and this point was very good to wait and enjoy the night in the desert.

The desert tour of Dubai that you should not miss

Practical data

How to get to Dubai?

Airplane is the main means of transport unless we arrive by Oman or Abu Dhabi by road. Emirates It is the main airline company in the country. Another possibility is to fly with a low cost company like FlyDubai, but today it does not operate with flights from Spain.

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How much does a trip through the desert of Dubai cost?

Since the 55€ approximately onwards.

Is Dubai safe?

The Emirates and therefore Dubai, can be considered one of the safest countries in the world where walking almost anywhere and time one feels really safe. In fact little police are seen and one tends to think that they will do with thieves in this country.

Where to stay in Dubai?

In Dubai we can sleep from a hotel where the mattress is lying on the floor until you find gold inlays in the headboard of the bed. Everything will depend on the money accumulated in your checking account.

Luxury hotels

  • Madinat Jumeirah: luxury hotel in the middle of Venice of the desert. It has a private beach, swimming pools and all kinds of services.
  • Atlantis Hotel: if you have money and want to impress someone ... do not hesitate.

Affordable Hotels

  • Rose Garden Hotel: Close to the Mall of the Emirates, it is a budget hotel, with a rooftop pool, internet access and apartments with well-kept kitchen.
  • Comfort Inn Hotel Deira: located in the old part of the city and near Dubai Creek.
  • Al Jawhara Metro Hotel: another comfortable and economical hotel in the old part of the city.

Desert excursions from Dubai

We cannot leave Dubai without going to the desert. An excursion that we have to go yes or yes and that we can find for less than 60€.

 See tours in Dubai

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