Dubai is often seen as an urban space, but going on a camel ride in Dubai totally changes that perception. As you drive into the desert, the city gives way to a breathtaking landscape - a shockingly different change of scenery!
Camels are known to be able to travel far distances for a long time without food and water, making these wonderful creatures an indelible part of the Arabic tradition. This also made them an indispensable form of transport back in the day. One way of experiencing this tradition is to partake in the Camel ride in Dubai. This unforgettable experience, usually a part of Dubai desert safari, takes you back in time as you ride the ship of the desert and experience how the Bedouin people traveled in the old days.
Relax as you enjoy the camel’s slow gait across the golden sand dunes, and look unto the desert from your elevated perch.
Why You Should Try A Camel Ride In Dubai
A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a desert safari, accompanied with a camel ride experience. While the desert safari offers you the thrill of riding in a 4x4 vehicle, a camel ride offers you a completely different exhilarating experience. This activity will dazzle you like no other. Take a journey through the windswept desert on the back of a camel, and enjoy the view.
Camel riding is an activity that isn’t just restricted to adults - even kids can ride these magnificent beasts, and will find it fascinating to be so high off the ground! While most people are of the notion that deserts are completely barren, you might be able to see some rare wildlife like Arabian oryxes and gazelle species.
You can experience how the Bedouin traveled across the desert in ancient times, and afterwards, indulge in traditional activities like henna painting, hookah, traditional falconry, and belly dancing. You also get to have a traditional dinner. With both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, be prepared to go on a gastronomic journey.
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A Typical Camel Safari Ride In Dubai
Your typical Camel ride in Dubai consists of a pick up from your hotel in a 4x4 vehicle. You then drive into the desert and commence your desert safari, where you can experience the adrenalin rush that comes from dune bashing.
Post that, you are taken to a Bedouin camp, where you can pick from a range of activities to try out. While some of the more adventurous activities include quad biking and sandboarding, you can also try your hand at a camel safari.
When at the venue, your expert guides will teach you the do's and don't's of camel riding. They will also ensure that your ride is smooth and carefree. There is nothing to fear, as camels are calm animals. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view.
After the activities, you can return to the camp and check out how the traditional Bedouin people entertained themselves, by smoking hookah and applying henna. You can also indulge in a traditional Arabic feast, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, as you enjoy a tanoura dance and belly dancing performances, before you are dropped back to your hotel.
Tips For Your Camel Ride & Safari In Dubai
- Casual, light, comfortable clothes are the best choice when going for a camel safari in Dubai
- Carrying a thin jacket or a stole is advisable as deserts tend to get a bit chilly at night.
- Have lunch early as the desert safari and camel ride in particular involves a lot of sudden movements.
- Listen to your instructor carefully while performing the activities.
- Most importantly, be kind to the camels during your safari.
How do I book a camel ride in Dubai?
You can opt for a camel ride in Dubai by booking a desert safari experience. Along with a camel ride, you can also participate in several activities like dune-bashing, sandboarding, and quad biking.
Where can I ride a camel in Dubai?
One of the best and most scenic ways to enjoy a camel ride in Dubai is to sign up for a desert safari tour. Though these camel rides only lasts for all of 5 minutes, it's a great experience to ride the ship of the desert in the actual desert!
Is it safe to go for a camel ride in Dubai?
Yes. Camels are generally calm and easy to control, allowing you to enjoy a safe and comfortable camel riding experience.
What should I wear for a camel ride in Dubai?
Stick to loose, comfortable clothing for a camel riding activity. Remember to carry a light jacket if you take a camel ride during the evenings, and plenty of sunscreens if you take one during the day.
What should I eat before a camel ride in Dubai?
It is recommended that you eat light, healthy food before a camel ride to avoid nausea in case of any sudden movements.
How much does it cost to ride camels in Dubai?
For a camel ride in Dubai, it costs around AED 50-70. However, it's best recommended to buy a desert safari ticket that is inclusive of a camel ride experience.
How long is the camel ride in Dubai?
A camel ride in Dubai can last anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes.
Can kids ride camels in Dubai?
Yes! However, Camel rides are recommended only for children aged 5 years and above.
Can you be too heavy to ride a camel in Dubai?
Camels can easily carry 900-1000 pounds at a time. If the cumulative weight riding a camel is over 1000 pounds, then we recommend you go on two separate camels.