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What to Wear on a Dubai Desert Safari

Balancing cultural sensitivity with practicality; how to prepare for your first Dubai desert safari

Got your Dubai tour tickets booked? Waiting for your pick-up driver for your first Dubai desert experience then suddenly realised you’ve got absolutely no idea what to wear?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

What to wear in Dubai

Dressing for Dubai can be a prickly subject; on the one hand, the headline dress code advice is to always dress with modesty, you’re going to a Muslim country.

Then, on the other hand, your Instagram feed is full of half-dressed models showing off in the sun. Add in conflicting travel forum advice about what is and isn’t appropriate in different situations. It IS confusing!!

We try and tackle as many of these different scenarios as possible in our “ what to wear in Dubai ” guide over here. However, the important thing to note is you are likely going to want a few different outfits when packing for Dubai!

Even on a short stopover, you could change outfits half a dozen times; what may be practical and appropriate for the beach , most certainly isn’t for a museum or a mosque . A Dubai Desert Safari brings a whole new set of wardrobe dilemmas!

As the desert safari is one of the most popular activities to try when you’re visiting Dubai. We’re going to take a deep dive into exactly what you should expect, what you’ll be doing on a desert safari, and therefore, how to dress appropriately.

Take all this advice with a grain of salt and do whatever feels right for YOU and your situation. Just keep modesty and cultural sensitivity in mind, ahead of fashion.

Emirati man in kandura walking a camel through the desert

What should I consider when dressing for the desert in Dubai?

Dressing for the weather.

Even a short distance from the skyscrapers the temperature changes. In winter this change can be as much as 10 degrees celsius cooler once you’re away from the city. Whilst you may have been in bathers at the beach during the day, a nighttime desert safari in Dubai you’ll want long jeans and a pullover or cardigan.

It’s very unlikely it will rain or you’ll need a thicker down coat, a light, long sleeve top should be fine.

Conversely, in summer it’s hot. Sometimes there just aren’t enough superlatives to describe hot to the first-timer!

You will want to consider breathable materials that work well with profuse sweating; think cotton, linen, and rayon material. Accept whatever you are wearing will sweat through even if you are not normally a heavy perspirer!

Dressing for Desert Activities in Dubai

Your desert safari is likely to include a variety of activities from sedate to adrenaline pumping! Think about scenarios such as:

  • Dune Bashing – the 4×4 that picks you up from the city will no doubt choose the rugged dune entry to the camp in order to impress! Ladies particularly you may want to consider you’re well supported as you will get thrown around in the car (NB not recommend for under 5’s, pregnant ladies or those with back, heart conditions etc)
  • Camel Riding – almost a must for your first desert experience so do thing practically how you will ride. Camel riding is not the most elegant of activities so definitely consider shorts and trousers over skirts, and hold on to any lose items!
  • Sand boarding – the thrill of hitting the dunes comes with a lot of sand! Think practically about proper closed toe footwear and where that sand will end up when you inevitably come crashing down! Trousers are a recommendation over skirts or shorts.
  • Quad Biking/Fat Tire Bikes – these are normally optional extra desert sports. Some camps may have strict rules that only closed toe footwear can be worn. Again, when you’re straddling something a short skirt is impratical. You’ll want something to tie back long hair and sports-wear clothing would be best.
  • BBQ Dinner & Entertainment – your evening camps will end on a meal most likely taken seated on rugs on the floor. Think practically how you will comfortably sit on the ground, and the evening may be finished with a little light dancing. If you’ve partaken in a desert sport beforehand, you may want a fresh shirt with you and a litte something to freshen up (antipersperient) before you dine.

We cover more on the exact activities you can participate in on a Dubai desert safari here .

Dressing for Cultural Sensitivity

It’s important for tourists to remain culturally sensitive when they’re visiting the UAE, but also dress for the weather. There’s a balance that can be easily struck when preparing for a trip to Dubai between being culturally sensitive and practical – none more so than when you’re on a desert safari.

The Dubai dress code does not require women to be fully covered at all times. Nor is the wearing of shorts forbidden. As a very standard rule of thumb, men and women should be looking to be covering their shoulders and knees, but there’s flexibility in this.

Dubai Desert Safari Dresscode

So summing it all up from this advice, what you actually wear is whatever will make you feel most comfortable. Rather than a packing list, these are our top tips.

  • Wear loose clothing made from natural fibers to best deal with the sand and heat. Think materials such as cotton, linen and rayon, which work well in the heat.
  • Ladies should avoid short skirts as they are not very practical and meals are often eaten on the floor.
  • Culottes and loose cotton trousers or shirts are better than clingy clothing in summer. In winter, jeans or leggings will be fine, but suggested you wear a shirt covering your bottom.
  • Shorts above your knees are OK, but avoid your shorty shorts with your bottom clearly visible, try to keep to at least mid-thigh length.
  • A sleeveless shirt or tank top may be OK in some situations, but overtly tight, clingy clothes that show excessive cleavage and leave nothing to the imagination are definitely NOT OK.
  • Ladies may want a sports bra or something more structured if taking on desert sports and dune bashing.
  • You may want two sets of shoes with you; closed-toe trainers for sandboarding and any desert motorsports, plus a spare pair of flip flops for other activities and around the desert camp.
  • Something to wrap around your head and face to protect you from the sand and dust – especially during quad biking and camel riding.
  • A sweater or a cardigan if visiting in the coolest months of winter.

And what to pack on a Dubai desert safari other than clothing

Your tour will most likely take care of food and water but we recommend you also pack:

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if any portion of your trip is during the day.
  • Sanitizer for before eating and after touching camels.
  • Take tissues and wet wipes especially if you’re travelling with children.
  • Anti-persperiant wipes in the peak of summer, or a hanky, sweat towel of some sort.
  • You may find coating everyone’s legs in a talc/beach powder before you go helpful for reducing some (never all!) of the sand.
  • Extra cash if you will be partaking in add on activities not included in your general tour (eg fat bikes, quad biking, dune buggies may be paid extras)
  • A spare battery pack for your phone/camera – you’ll be taking a lot of photos!
  • A sand proof bag to keep all this gear in
  • Leave your accessories and other valuables in the hotel safe – losing a favourite watch or earring in the sand, we promise you, it will be almost impossible to find again.

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We hope you enjoy your first Dubai desert safari experience. If you’re looking for more advice on heading beyond the city in Dubai, we also recommend your check out:

  • Sensational Glamping Spots in Dubai
  • Overnight Camping in the Dubai Desert
  • Dubai’s Best Luxury Desert Resorts & Retreats
  • Where to Find the Best Dune Buggy Experiences in Dubai
  • The Best Morning Desert Safari’s in Dubai

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Your A-Z guide on what to wear for Dubai Desert Safari

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Dubai is home to some of the most spectacular golden sand dunes in the world. On a safari, you'll have the opportunity to see sand dunes that are hundreds of feet tall, as well as exotic wildlife. If you're looking for a true blue adventure, a desert safari in Dubai is the one for you! For the perfect adventure, wearing the right clothes makes a world of difference.

Here’s all the tea on what to wear on a desert safari in Dubai, what to AVOID wearing and quick hacks and tips that’ll come handy.

What to AVOID wearing on a Desert Safari in Dubai

A desert safari is a great way to experience the diverse landscapes of Dubai, from the towering sand dunes to the endless stretches of empty coastline. However, there are a few things to completely avoid when going for a desert safari -

  • Tight body-hugging clothing
  • Leaving your head exposed to the sun
  • Dark colours or heavy fabrics that will absorb the sun's rays.
  • Loose-fitting clothes as they could get caught on things or blown around in the wind.
  • Wearing heels/footwear that make it impossible to walk in the sand.

Dubai Desert Safari Dresscode

No matter what the weather is, wearing comfortable clothing and eliminating potential risks to avoid health issues from the extreme weather remains ultimate. Respecting the local norms is also as important as the former.

By following these simple guidelines, you'll be sure to have a comfortable and safe experience on your desert safari.

  • Lightweight fabrics are best, as it can get quite hot during the day. Wear breathable materials like cotton or linen over synthetic ones.
  • The temperature can drop quickly in the evening, so it's a good idea to bring a light jacket or a sweater.
  • It's a good idea to wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from the sun and from any potential desert creatures.
  • Try to wear at least mid-thigh length shorts or pants. Shorts exposing your bottom are not appreciated by the locals.
  • For ladies, it is better to skip outfits showing excessive cleavage. Sleeveless tops are acceptable as long as they are not skimpy.
  • Short skirts must be avoided, as meals are often eaten on the floor and can seem uncomfortable, especially with the breeze.
  • Closed-toe shoes are essential, as you'll be doing a lot of walking.
  • A hat or scarf can help keep your head cool.
  • Don't forget to pack sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.

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Dressing for the Desert - Season wise

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Ideally, winter is the best time to go for your desert safari. The weather tends to be cooler from November to February, especially in the desert after sunset and until early morning. Make sure to dress in layers, so you easily remove your outer layers off once the sun's out. Long jeans with Cardigans or Jumpers would be ideal. Be sure to carry a snug-fitting hat with ear flaps or earmuffs to protect against the cool breeze. Carrying a scarf or pashmina shawl is recommended. Lip balms and moisturising creams can be carried to avoid dry skin. .

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From March to May, the weather is pleasant and comfortable. Layered clothing can be skipped, and casual clothing can be worn during these months. Make sure to carry a jacket, as temperatures drop at night.

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From April onwards the temperature is scorching and is humid until September. Lightweight and breathable material is the key to surviving the summer in Dubai. Though the temperature may decrease a bit at night, it is advised to wear loose clothing. Tights, bombers, and sweatshirts can be swapped for cotton t-shirts and pants. And do not skip sunscreen, especially during these months.

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Towards the end of September to early November, the heat tends to decrease, however it is still best to wear light clothing until winter starts.

Dressing for Desert Activities in Dubai

Desert Safari is a unique experience that offers the chance to explore the desert landscape and learn about the traditional way of life in the UAE.

The safari typically begins with a 4x4 pick-up from your hotel, followed by an exciting drive into the desert. Once at the camp, you can try your hand at sandboarding, ride a camel, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning sunset. After dark, there will be a delicious barbecue dinner under the stars, followed by traditional entertainment such as belly dancing and henna painting. Dressing appropriately for all the activities makes it easier to have a fun-filled experience.

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Dune Bashing

  • The rugged ride in the sand is not for the faint-hearted. Make sure to wear clothes that hold on to their place.
  • Skirts, Sarees, or similar free-flowing clothes must be avoided to handle the tussle of the ride safely.
  • Outfits and accessories with spikes or pointy details should be avoided for the safety of yourself and others in the vehicle.

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Camel Riding

Camel Riding is a fun experience and a chance to relive the desert backdrop shown in the movies. However, it may not always be the most comfortable experience, especially if it is your first time riding a camel. Choose shorts over skirts, and pants over dresses. Make sure the outfit is not made or course material or has sharp details on it, as it can potentially hurt the camel.

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Sandboarding

Comfortable footwear is the key when it comes to a comfortable sand experience. Choose closed-toe footwear to avoid the sand entering between your toes and creating a gritty base. Again, shorts over skirts and free-flowing outfits to get better traction while sandboarding.

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Quad Biking

You’ll want something to tie back long hair and sports-wear clothing would be best.

For the sport-loving squad, there is no better adventure than Quad Biking in the desert. Avoid heels, short skirts, and loose hair to avoid potential risks while biking. Closed-toe footwear should be worn at all costs.

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BBQ Dinner & Entertainment

BBQ Dinners are typically served on rugs on the floor. Hence, choosing outfits that are comfortable while sitting on the floor is ideal. The tanoura show and belly dancing also happens while everyone is seated. Short skirts are best avoided. Carrying extra tops is recommended, so you can change into a fresh pair after all the activities during the day. Sandals or flip-flops can be used while sitting down.

Dubai Desert Safari Outfit Ideas

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Footwear for your Desert Safari

When planning a desert safari, it is important to choose the right footwear. The last thing you want is to end up with blisters or worse, injured feet. While there are many types of shoes on the market, not all of them are suitable for walking in sandy, often uneven terrain. The key is to find shoes that will keep your feet cool while also providing adequate protection from the hot sand and sharp rocks.

Closed-toe shoes are a must to protect your feet from scorpions and other desert creatures. A good pair of desert boots made of breathable material with a sturdy sole can provide traction on loose sand. In addition, you should choose those desert boots that are both comfortable and lightweight, as you will likely be doing a lot of walking during your safari. Sandals or light hiking shoes are a good choice for keeping your feet cool, but make sure they have a good grip to prevent slipping. And if you're planning on doing any camel riding, be sure to wear shoes that won't fall off easily.

With the right footwear, you'll be able to enjoy your desert safari experience to the fullest.

Accessories for your Desert Safari

  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh rays.
  • A sand proof bag to keep all your devices.
  • Hats to protect you from the sun.
  • Binoculars can come in handy for spotting wildlife.
  • Plenty of sunscreen for all the UV rays in the desert (minimum SPF 50).
  • Lip balm with a minimum SPF of 30.
  • Deodorants and antiperspirant wipes to stay fresh throughout the safari.
  • A spacious backpack to store all your belongings.
  • A sturdy waist bag that stays in place to store tissues, mobile, etc.

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Your Guide to the Best Desert Safari Spots in Dubai

Traditional desert safari clothing in dubai.

Desert safari Dubai Clothing

The traditional clothing of Emiratis is light and comfortable. Men generally tend to wear the kandurah, usually white coloured with no collars, a distinct feature of the Emirati kandurah. They are light on the body with full sleeves to protect against the sun.

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The kandurah is paired with a Gutra, the headdress. It is a white square scarf, which protects the face and head from the heat.

Desert safari Dubai Clothing

The Shemagh is also used instead of the Gutra. Just like Gutras, these are square scarves but have white and red checks on them. Young men tend to wear the Shemagh more over the Gutra, often tying them onto their heads without the Agal; the style is known as Hamdaniyya.

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The Agal is a band made of black rope, placed on the head to hold the scarf in place. Agal is the suit of the Arabs, commonly used in formal settings. The number of cords at the end (Tarbousha) differ between countries, with the Emirati version having two. They are often perfumed and are used for its aesthetic value.

Desert safari Dubai Clothing

The Bisht is used throughout the Arab world. It’s the black/beige cloak-like cloth with golden/silver embroidery at the end that you see the Sheikhs wearing! It is worn on top of the Kandurah and is worn for ceremonies, Eid, weddings, or royal events, the Bisht is luxurious and is pretty expensive.

Desert safari Dubai Clothing

Emirati women wear the abaya, primarily in black, though other colours like maroon, brown, etc are trending nowadays. The loose-fitting black cloak is worn on top of western or traditional clothes. Popular throughout the Arab world, the abaya is a symbol of Arab women.

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The Abaya is paired with a Sheila, a black scarf to go with the outfit that covers the head.

Desert safari Dubai Clothing

Inside the abaya or during events with women only, Emirati women wear the Jalaabiya. The gown-like Kaftan comes in a variety of colours and with embroidery on the. The Jalaabiya is the female equivalent of the Kandurah, just in different colours.

Desert safari Dubai Clothing

The Emirati Burqas are worn like a mask, unlike their South Asian counterparts. They look like they’re made of metal, but it is in fact a lightweight sweat-absorbing fabric with a piece of wood over the nose to keep the fabric in place. It is found in golden yellow, red, and green colours.

Dubai Desert Safari Outfit Tips

  • When planning a desert safari in Dubai, be sure to pack appropriately.
  • The desert can be extremely hot during the day, so it is important to wear airy clothing.
  • Closed-toe shoes are a must, as the desert can be full of sand and rocks.
  • If possible, avoid wearing jeans, as they can be uncomfortable in the heat.
  • Opt for lightweight trousers or at least knee-length shorts.

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What to wear to a desert safari: complete dress code

You’ve finally booked that long-awaited trip to the land of the sand and can’t wait to see all the cloud-scraping towers, gold-dipped attractions and record-breaking wonders of Dubai for yourself. However, as most travellers would probably agree, one of the biggest challenges involved in the art of wanderlust starts with an empty suitcase and no idea what to fill it with. Since your impressive Dubai itinerary surely includes an epic adventure in the majestic desert dunes, we’re here to help you out a bit. So grab a pen and your packing list and keep reading to find out how to dress for a desert safari to enjoy your exceptional escapade to the fullest.

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Keep things light and bright

An action-packed desert safari is guaranteed to be one of the biggest highlights of your trip. But choosing the perfect dress code for a desert safari in Dubai, can make or break your time in the dunes. Although you’ll most likely be accompanied by other tourists on your sand-filled adventure, it’s still important to take both weather conditions and the local dress code into consideration when choosing your fit for the day.

Our number one recommendation on how to dress for a desert safari, is to opt for lightweight and breathable clothing, since daytime temperatures can definitely have the mercury shooting for the skies. Your best bet is to go for natural materials like cotton and linen and steer clear of synthetics. As most desert activities require strolling the sands in direct sunlight, it’s important to keep yourself covered. If you’re trying to figure out what to wear to a desert safari during the summer, we suggest making sure you pack a long-sleeved shirt and preferably a pair of lightweight long trousers. You can, of course, show up in a pair of shorts, but bear in mind that you’ll be spending quite a bit of your time in an air-conditioned 4x4 and as soon as the sun drops in the desert, so will the temperature. When choosing their preferred pair of bottoms, women should also be cautious of overly revealing clothing, to avoid coming off as offensive in the United Arab Emirates.

As mentioned, depending on the season, the desert can be pretty cold (we’re talking freezing) in the early sunrise hours and in the evening. So if you’re thinking about what to wear on a desert safari during the winter, this is where layers come in. You won’t go wrong with bringing a comfortable hoodie, light jacket, poncho or big shawl with you. It will keep you warm on both an early morning safari as well as during the legendary evening safari.

When it comes to figuring out your perfect colour scheme to dress up for a desert safari, we’d suggest keeping things on the bright side. If you’re looking to pop on those Insta-worthy shots you’ll be sharing with your friends, go for vibrant colours or classic whites. To avoid attracting any additional sunrays, it’s best to leave the darker tones for your next ski trip.

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If the shoe fits…

…make sure it’s comfortable and preferably closed-toe when aiming for that winning dress code for a desert safari in Dubai. When it comes to choosing how to dress for a desert safari, picking the right kicks is almost as important as everything north of it. Though you can of course slip into your favourite sandals or flip flops, you’ll probably be most comfortable in a pair of sneakers or light boots. Strolling through the sand can be quite the balancing act at times, so sturdy footwear will be your best friend. Closed-toe shoes will also ensure you won’t have sand sticking to your toes at all times.

In case you were wondering what to avoid wearing on a desert safari in Dubai, it probably goes without saying that stilettos and all high-heeled shoes for that matter are best reserved for a fabulous dinner you’ll surely be attending while in the magical city.

Accessories and other add-ons

There’s quite a few things to carry on a desert safari to elevate your experience. You may have your perfect headgear picked out for your visit to the horse race, but don’t forget to pack a hat for the day in the desert. A suitable hat will offer you much-needed protection from the sun and the winds that can sometimes pick up at a moment’s notice. You can also opt for a scarf that’ll cover both the head and face and shield you from the sand.

Make sure you bring a pair of sunglasses, procure some high-SPF sunscreen, and smack on a generous layer of lip balm. If you want to look like a true desert pro, stock up on some wet wipes to freshen up as needed.

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Outfit for any occasion

Your desert safari in Dubai will most likely consist of a number of action-packed activities. When trying to hit the mark with what to wear on a desert safari during the summer and what to wear on a desert safari during the winter, there are some non-negotiables. To make the most of every experience and not miss out on any fun because of a style slip-up, here’s a few tips to keep in mind when assembling your outfit of the day.

Your time in the desert will most likely start with a thrilling dune drive. Although your clothing should be flowy and breathable, something to avoid wearing on a desert safari in Dubai, are clothes that are too loose-fitting as they can get caught in things. For the sake of you and your fellow adventurers, don’t wear any sharp or pointy accessories that could injure anyone as your tackling the dunes.

There’s a good chance you’ll be channelling your inner Emirati strolling through the sand on the back of a camel. The dinner and entertainment portion of your adventure will also have you sitting down on the ground, so the dress code for a desert safari in Dubai leaves no room for a short skirt, dress or shorts. Go for stretchy pieces that’ll keep you covered and comfortable throughout the day.

If you’ve decided to treat your thrill-seeking side to an exhilarating dune buggy experience , opting for sporty and not too loose-fitting clothing is the best idea when thinking about how to dress for a desert safari. For the ladies with flowy locks, a hair-tie is a must.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – make sure you bring warm clothes. Especially when faced with a question of what to wear on a desert safari during the winter. There’s nothing worse than having your sumptuous barbeque dinner ruined by shivering in the sand. Once the sun has set, wrap yourself up in a cosy shawl, sweater or hoodie, so the fun can continue without any inconveniencies.

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What to Wear on a Desert Safari in Dubai: Your Go-To Guide

  • Post author: Ilyas
  • Post published: October 3, 2023
  • Post category: Desert Safari

Hello there, traveller! Considering a trip to the famous golden dunes of Dubai? Are you wondering what to wear for a desert safari in Dubai ?  We’ve got you covered!  A desert safari is more than simply a day trip; it’s an adventure that takes you deep into the desert. Like any journey, choosing the appropriate clothing may make a huge impact.

What NOT to Wear on a Desert Safari

  • Tight Clothing: Picture climbing a dune while wearing extremely tight pants. It’s hardly the best plan, is it? Choose a breathable option.
  • Unprotected Headgear : The sun in the desert is no joke. The best buddy you can have is a hat or scarf.
  • Dark or thick fabrics : These may appear stylish, but the heat of the desert may fry you.
  • Flowy, loose clothing : These are best since you don’t want your favourite scarf to get tangled in a shrub.
  • Impractical Footwear : Refrain from wearing those high heels out of the hotel. Trust us on this. You’ll thank us later!

Dressing Properly for Your Dubai Desert Safari 

Maintain Your Cool

Whenever deciding what to wear in Dubai desert safari, choose airy materials like cotton or linen. They’re your best bet against the scorching sun. 

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Chilly Nights

The desert has a funny way of turning cold when the sun goes down. A cosy sweater or jacket will keep you snug. 

Stay Protected

Long sleeves and trousers aren’t just stylish; they’ll protect you from the sun and the occasional desert critter. 

Respect Local Culture

Dubai is modern but rooted in tradition. Knee-length shorts or trousers and modest tops are the way to go. 

Shoes Matter

Closed-toe shoes will keep that pesky sand out and protect your feet. 

Seasonal Tips for Your Desert Adventure

Spring (march to may):.

Daytime : When Dubai welcomes the warmth, think lightweight and breathable. Cotton or linen are your best friends. And lighter shades? They’re like your personal sun reflectors. 

Evening :Evenings are still quite lovely, with a hint of a breeze. Maybe carry along a light jacket or a pashmina, just in case.

Summer (June to August):

Daytime : Ah, the Dubai summer! It’s sizzling out there. Loose, light-coloured attire is a must. And if you find fabrics that wick away sweat? Jackpot! Don’t forget your hat, sunnies, and a good sunscreen. 

Evening:   Warm nights ahead! But if you’re chilling indoors, a light wrap or jacket might come in handy.

Autumn (September to November): 

Daytime: The scorching days start to mellow down. Stick to airy fabrics, but feel free to play around with sleeve lengths. 

Evening : As autumn deepens, evenings get a tad cooler. A snug jacket or cardigan is a smart choice.

Winter (December to February):

Daytime: Winter here is like a gentle hug. Layer up a bit – maybe a tee with a sweater on top. – 

Evening : It can get a bit nippy, especially if you’re out in the open desert. A cozy jacket, a scarf, and even a beanie could be great additions.

A little heart-to-heart, Dubai is a beautiful blend of modern and traditional. So, no matter the season, dressing modestly is key. Especially when you’re exploring traditional spots, it’s good to cover up those shoulders and knees. 

Dressing for Desert Activities

Dune Bashing : It’s as thrilling as it sounds. Wear something practical and avoid flowy outfits.

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Quad Biking: Tie up that hair and gear up in sporty attire. Sandboarding: Think snowboarding but warmer. Closed-toe shoes are a must. Camel Riding : It’s like riding a horse, but… lumpier. Comfort is key.

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BBQ Dinner & Entertainment: You’ll be seated on rugs, so think comfort. After a day of activities, relaxing in sandals or flip-flops feels heavenly.

Outfit Ideas for Your Desert Day Out:

For the Men : How about khaki linen shirts paired with comfy trousers? Throw in a waist bag and sturdy boots, and you’re all set. 

For the Ladies : Wide-leg culottes with a modest beige top sound chic yet comfy. Add a birch bag, a snazzy leather belt, and white flip-flops, and you’re ready to rock the desert. 

Footwear Tips

Protective footwear should be your first priority when choosing shoes for your desert adventure. You’ll realise why closed-toe shoes are so important once you’re out there, so make sure you wear them. 

If you have a pair of desert boots, this is the perfect opportunity to show them off as they are created specifically for this type of terrain. However, don’t worry if you don’t have desert boots in your closet. You can navigate the sandy portions just as effectively with sandals that have decent traction or even lightweight hiking shoes.

Accessories  Your Desert Look

There are a few key considerations to keep in mind while accessorizing for your desert excursion. Sunglasses are a good place to start. A sand-proof bag is a great investment if you want to keep your electronics protected. Remember the power of a decent hat as well; the larger, the better for protecting you from the sun.

 If you enjoy viewing wildlife, binoculars will be useful for those unanticipated “I spy a camel” moments. 

Furthermore, sunburn is not the type of memento you want to bring home, so always bring sunscreen. Don’t forget to take some deodorants and wipes so that you may stay fresh during your travels. 

Additionally, a roomy rucksack with a waist pouch for goods you need to grab quickly is great for carrying all of your necessities.

Traditional Desert Attire in Dubai

For the Men: The elegant Kandurah, Gutra, Shemagh, Agal, and Bisht. 

For the Women : The graceful Abaya, Sheila, Jalaabiya, and Burqa.

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Final Words of Wisdom:  

To conclude, It takes careful planning to navigate the peculiar environment of the desert. It is advisable to prepare an extra layer for warmth because the high midday heat gives way to unexpectedly cold evenings. Closed-toe shoes are extremely advised for navigating the sandy terrains since they provide both protection and comfort. While wearing jeans may seem like a no-brainer, you may discover that knee-length shorts or light-weight pants work better in the desert climate. 

There you have it! Your ultimate guide on what to wear desert safari Dubai . Now, go out there and make some sandy memories! 

Safe travels!

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The Ultimate Desert Safari Outfit Guide

The fascinating golden dunes are an integral part of Dubai’s culture and traditions. The desert safari provides a great opportunity to explore the heart of the grand dunes, exotic desert wildlife, unique experiences, and high-octane adventures. As you look to indulge in the perfect desert expedition, we bring you the right dress code for a desert safari in Dubai  that you should follow.

Parameters to consider when finalizing your outfit for the desert safari

It is essential to first understand the obstacles that desert surroundings provide. There are some factors to consider when planning your trip through the desert.

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Deserts are well-known for their significant temperature changes. The temperature may reach to scorching heights during the day and drop to freezing lows at night. Dressing in layers is vital for adapting to these changes.

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The desert weather is harsh and unforgiving, mainly during the day, and is just the opposite at night. When you are finalizing your outfit, it is necessary to consider which time of the day you want to go on a desert safari. Humidity, wind speed, and climatic conditions play a key role. If light and breathable attire is required during the day, warm and cosy clothes are apt for the night.  The desert sun may be harsh, and UV radiation levels are high. It is critical to protect your skin and eyes from sunburn and injury. Choosing sun-safe clothing and accessories is vital. Fine sand and dust are prevalent in desert environments and can get into every nook and cranny, including your clothes. Opt for clothing that helps keep these irritants at bay.  Desert weather can be unpredictable. Dust storms, sudden rain, and strong winds are all possibilities. Be prepared for anything.

Cultural Sensitivity

Even though Dubai is a modern metropolis, it still maintains the essence and charm of its glorious past, culture, and traditions. Maintaining cultural sensitivity and respecting the local culture, especially the dress code for women, is an absolute must. Avoid wearing revealing or transparent clothes.  Prefer to cover your shoulders and knees .

Different Types of Indulgence

The Desert Safari Dubai offers different adventures and activities as part of its indulgence. For participating in sport adventures such as camel riding, sandboarding, or desert camping activities during the  evening desert safari , you should dress modestly and smartly so that it does not interrupt your fun ventures. For example, wear comfortable and shoes or sandals that have a good grip and keeps your feet cool while providing adequate protection from the sand, grit, and rock.

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Essentials to Consider for Your Desert Safari Outfit

The desert environment is dusty, rough, and harsh for travellers. Whenever you are indulging in a unique experience such as the Dubai desert safari, you should always consider your comfort and safety from the sun’s rays and be ready for the changes in weather and temperature in the harsh and rough desert terrain.

Fabric of the Clothing

Always wear light and breathable natural fabrics, such as cotton or linen. Loose-fitting clothes are comfortable and keep you cool all through the day. Lightweight and breathable natural fabrics help regulate body temperature, which is essential in a hot and relentless environment such as the desert. Your attire should be comfortable and give you the much-needed flexibility while navigating the sandy terrain.

Long-Sleeved Shirts, T-Shirts and Pants

Long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, along with full-sleeve pants, are ideal for the safari day trip, as they will shield you from the hot sun rays and also keep you cosy and warm during the nights. In addition, these clothes are breathable and lightweight, and protect you from sunburns while being out in the desert. It is better to avoid wearing jeans for your desert excursion, as you can feel uncomfortable in them. You must choose to wear light weight trousers or shorts. Trousers are convenient if you plan to participate in sand activities such as, sandboarding, dune bashing, camel riding, etc.

Light Weight Jacket

A light weight breathable jacket is essential to carry for your desert safari trip. Choose the one that offers protection against the wind and dust, while allowing ventilation.

Invest in a Nice Set of Sunscreen, Shades, and a Hat

As you must have realized by now, the sun in the desert is relentless and unforgiving, especially during the daytime.  Hence, you must take appropriate measures to safeguard your eyes and skin by using a good pair of shades and a good SPF-rated sunscreen. Taking the right precautions is essential to safeguard yourself from the blazing rays of the sun. The relentless sun rays can cause discomfort to your eyes and skin during the journey, especially when travelling during the afternoons or early evenings. In addition to this, wearing a hat can also help in keeping your head cool during the desert expedition.

Sturdy and Comfortable Footwear

The right footwear is crucial for your journey as the fine sands can easily get between your shoes, causing skin irritation and allergies. Always wear close-footed shoes with a good grip when embarking on your desert adventure. Using open-footed shoes can expose your feet to the hot desert terrain, which can be disastrous for your expedition.

Shemagh or Scarf

This fabric will serve as your trusted desert buddy, as it multitasks well, shielding your face and neck and helping to keep the desert dust away from your skin. Coughing and sneezing while inhaling the dust is something that you can be totally avoided with this head cover. In addition, you can also shield yourself from the blazing sun’s rays.

Essential Accessories

You should think about bringing a few extra items with you on your desert safari excursion. If you want to see exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, a decent set of binoculars might be quite helpful. Lip balm, a lightweight bag to hold water, medications, food and other necessities, and a deodorant to help you keep fresh throughout your safari.

What You Should Completely Avoid in your Outfit?

As you look forward to this thrilling desert expedition, you should also note what you should completely avoid in your outfit. Thereby, ensuring that your delightful desert journey goes off without a hiccup in terms of outfit.

Synthetic and Tight-Fitted Clothing

Avoid using synthetic and tight-fitted clothing during your desert safari journey. The flexibility and breathability factor of your outfit is very important when moving through the harsh desert terrain. Tight-fitted clothes retain and trap the sweat, and expose your skin to heat, which can eventually lead to extreme heat-related issues.

Dark Coloured Outfit

Dark colours absorb more heat, eventually heating your body in many ways. When you are in the middle of the hot sun’s rays and the harsh desert terrain, you need your body to stay cool so that your body temperature remains regulated.

Heavy Accessories or Fancy Jewellery

If you have a habit of wearing heavy accessories or fancy jewellery, we recommend leaving them at your hotel. Accessories or jewellery are quite delicate, and considering the ups and downs you will face in your desert journey, avoid them as much as possible. Accessories or jewellery can be easily damaged or lost in the rough sandy environment. You also do not want to garner unnecessary attention in an unknown desert territory. Your safety and comfort should be of paramount importance than your style statements.

Tips for Desert Safety

While your outfit is a crucial part of your desert safari preparations, there are other considerations to keep in mind for a safe and enjoyable experience:

Inform Others:  Let someone know your plans and expected return time before heading into the desert. In case of emergencies, this information is invaluable.

Tools for Navigation:  To help you navigate the desert environment and prevent getting lost, carry a map, compass, or GPS device.

First Aid Kit:  Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and personal medications that you may need.

Respect Local Regulations:  Ensure you know and adhere to any rules or permits required for desert exploration in your chosen location.

Staying hydrated:  Desert environments can leave you dehydrated due to the high temperatures and dry air. Staying hydrated is essential to ensure your safety and comfort during a desert safari. Consider bringing electrolyte tablets or powder to add to your water. They can help replenish lost minerals through sweat.

Conclusion –

The desert safari is one of the most spectacular ways to explore the diverse desert landscape in Dubai. When planning this impeccable desert adventure, following the appropriate attire and quick hacks will be handy during your trip. When choosing specific clothing brands for your desert safari outfit, it is essential to look for those that prioritize quality, functionality, and durability. When going on a desert safari in Dubai, follow the appropriate dress code, enjoy the overall experience, and take back unforgettable moments from your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Are there any specific fabrics recommended for desert safari outfits?

Fabrics such as cotton and linen are best suited to wear on your desert safari tour.

2. What footwear is ideal for a desert safari?

Sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good ankle support are ideal for a desert safari. Boots or hiking shoes protect your feet from the heat, sand, and any uneven terrain you may encounter.

3. How can I protect myself from the sand and wind during a desert safari?

Consider wearing a lightweight jacket or windbreaker to shield against sand and wind. Goggles or sunglasses with side shields can protect your eyes, and a scarf or bandana can be wrapped around your face to guard against blowing sand.

4. Are there any cultural considerations for desert safari attire?

Respect local customs by dressing modestly. Keep your shoulders and knees covered.

5. What are some additional tips for a successful desert safari outfit?

Dress in layers to adapt to temperature changes throughout the day. Choose convertible clothing that can be adjusted based on conditions. A wide-brimmed hat with a chin strap can be practical in windy conditions. Always check for some specific requirements and recommendations of your desert safari tour operator or local guides.

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A Complete Guide For What To Wear In Desert Safari Dubai Trip

Dubai is home to the absolute most dumbfounding brilliant sand hills in the world. All the adequate for your duration own energetically Dubai Tour Package . On a safari, you'll get the opportunity to see sand hills that are numerous feet tall, as well as captivating natural life. In case you're looking for a true blue encounter, a desert Safari in Dubai is an optimal one for you! For the ideal experience, wearing the right pieces of clothing further develops things fundamentally. Here is all the tea on what to wear the on a desert Safari in Dubai, what to Make an action not to wear and quickly and hacks and tips on that will come helpful.

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Fantastic Clothing Standard For Dubai Desert Safari

Fantastic Clothing Standard For Dubai Desert Safari

Notwithstanding what the weather patterns is, wearing open to clothing and discarding possible threats to avoid clinical problems from the very weather patterns stays outrageous. It is the broadly excellent specimen occupation term to be restricted for at a Dubai Tour Package . It is moreover generally around as huge as the past to Respect the neighborhood norms.

  • By keeping these clear guidelines, you'll make sure to have an agreeable and safe experience on your private desert safari .
  • Weightless surfaces are great, as it can get incredibly hot during the day. Wear breathable materials like cotton or material over fabricated ones.
  • The temperature can diminish quickly around evening time, so bringing a sweater or coat is truly shrewd.
  • It's truly savvy to wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from the sun and from any potential desert creatures.
  • Endeavor to wear basically mid-thigh length shorts or pants. Shorts uncovering your central command are not esteemed by local individuals.
  • For ladies, it is more intelligent to skip outfits showing superfluous cleavage. Sleeveless tops are sufficient for whatever length of time they are not sparse.
  • Short skirts ought to be avoided, as galas are a significant part of the time eaten on the floor and can give off an impression of being abnormal, especially with the breeze.
  • Close toe shoes are key, as you'll do a lot of walking.
  • Remember to pack sunscreen, and shades to protect your skin and eyes.

Entranced Clothing For Winter In Desert Safari 2023

Entranced Clothing For Winter In Desert Safari 2023

In a brilliant world, winter is the best opportunity to go for your desert safari. Stimulate up Dubai Holiday Packages currently and terrorize at a lot. The climate circumstances will in everyday be cooler from November to February, especially in the desert after nightfall and until before morning. Long jeans and with Pullovers or Jumpers would be tremendous. Make sure to convey a comfortable fitting cap with ear folds or ear covers to safeguard against the cool breeze. Conveying a scarf or pashmina wrapping is recommended. Lip demulcents and soaking to creams can be conveyed to avoid drying skin.

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Delightful Bar-b-que Dinner

Bar-b-que Dinners are consistently served on mats on the floor. Afterward, picking outfits that are agreeable while seating on the floor is gigantic. The Tanoura exhibit and hip whirling also happens bit everybody is arranged. Immense Interestingly,  letterhead are evolved in Dubai Holidays Packages . Short skirts are best avoided. Imparting extract tops is demonstrated, so you can transform into another pair after all of the practices during this the day. Shoes or flip-disappointments can used for while plunk down.

  • Select Intentionally Staggering Footwear For Your Safari Outing
  • While coordinating a desert safari, it is substantial to pick the right footwear.
  • The last thing you want is to end up with irritates or all the more terrible, hurt feet.
  • While there are numerous sorts of shoes available, few out of every odd one of them are proper for walking an around sandy, frequently disproportionate area.
  • Desert Safari arrangement Dune Buggy and Quad Biking home.
  • The key is to find shoes that will keep your feet cool while in like manner giving good protection from the hot sand and sharp shakes.
  • Close toe shoes are an unquestionable need to protect your feet from scorpions and other desert creatures.
  • A fair arrangements of desert boots made of breathable material with a strong underside can give traction on free sand.
  • Moreover, you should pick those desert boots that are both agreeable and lightweight, as you will probably be doing a lot of walking around your safari.
  • Shoes or light climbing shoes are a respectable choice for keeping up your feet cool, but guarantee they have a decentralized hold to prevent slipping.
  • Additionally, accepting for the time being that you're expecting to do any camel riding, make sure to wear shoes that won't tumble off easily.

Respect Camel Ride At Desert Safari Dubai

Respect Camel Ride At Desert Safari Dubai

Camel Riding is a tomfoolery experience and an opportunity to remember the Dubai desert Safari setting showed in the movies. Dubai Packages are replenished up with up with huge ability. Be that as it might, it may not commonly be the most agreeable experience, especially in case it is your most memorable time riding a camel. Select shorts over skirts, and pants by and large dresses. Guarantee the outfit isn't made or course fabric or has solid subtleties on it, as it could possibly hurt the camel.

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Dune Buggy In Dubai Is A Rush 2023

  • The unpleasant ride in the sand isn't for the shy. Try to wear articles of clothing that grasp their place.
  • Skirts, Sarees, or comparable free-streaming habiliment ought to be avoided to bargain with the engagement of the ride safely. Dubai Trip Packages are valuable on inconceivable costs.
  • Outfits and additional items with spikes or sharp subtleties should be avoided for the wellbeing of yourself as well as others in the vehicle.

Should Have a go at Sandboarding At Desert Safari

Should Have a go at Sandboarding At Desert Safari

Bound together footwear is the key with respect to a tranquil sand understanding. Pick shut toe footwear to avoid the sand penetrating between your toes and making a grimy base. Again, shorts over skirts and free-streaming ensembles to acquire forward course while sandboarding. You can take progress in Dune Buggy and have a ton of prideful. Footpath a Dubai Trip Package verbatim from a where the you are living.

Requesting Dressing For Desert Safari

Requesting Dressing For Desert Safari

  • Private Desert Safari is a remarkable experience that offers the chance to examine the desert scene and learn about the customary lifestyle in the UAE.
  • The Safari typically begins with a 4x4 get from your housing, followed by an exhilarating accident into the desert Safari Dubai .
  • Once at the camp, you can make a pass at sandboarding, ride a camel, or basically loosen up and participate in the stunning nightfall.
  • Into the night, there will be a great barbecue dinner under the stars, followed by standard redirection, for instance, belly dance and henna painting.
  • Dressing suitably for all of the activities makes it more clear to have a few great times filled knowledge.

Dressing for Quad Biking At Dubai 2023

Dressing for Quad Biking At Dubai 2023

You'll keep up with that something ought to tie back extensive hair and sports-wear clothing would be great. For the competition revering team, there could be no more prominent information than Quad biking in the desert. Avoid heels, short skirts, and free hair to avoid expected takes a risk for while trekking. Close toe footwear should be washed away regardless. Examine an a fantastical gleam Dubai All Inclusive Holiday package today.

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Amazing Tips For You 2023

  • While organizing a private desert Safari in Dubai , make sure to pack suitably.
  • The desert can be extremely hot during the day, so it is influential for wear breezy apparel.
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  • Close toe shoes are an unquestionable prerequisite, as the desert can be brimming with sand and shakes.
  • If conceivable, do whatever it takes not to wear pants, as they can be off-kilter in the force.
  • Settle on lightweight jeans or possibly knee-length shorts.

What tones are okay to wear on safari?

What tone could it be smart for you to wear on safari? We propose unbiased safari clothing for your African journeys. This integrates shades of khaki, brown, beige/tan, and green. These assortments blend in well in with the bramble and are the best to safari travel for two or three critical reasons.

Are kids allowed in the desert safari?

Without a doubt, kids are allowed in the Desert Safari . There is no specific age cutoff to visit the desert . Youths more youthful than two years ought to be accompanied by their people in their own vehicle. Accepting that you have children, you can in like manner stay away from the edge pummeling ride and can go directly to the camp.

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Desert Safari Dubai Outfit- What to Wear on Desert Safari Tour

Embarking on a desert safari in Dubai is a thrilling adventure, and your attire plays a pivotal role in ensuring comfort and style during this unique experience. This guide explores essential fashion tips to help you stay calm, protected from the sun, and camera-ready throughout your desert escapade.

Desert Safari Dubai Outfit:

 1. lightweight and breathable clothing:.

Select loose-fitting and breathable clothing to combat the intense heat of the desert. Opt for lightweight materials such as cotton or linen to maximize comfort and enable your skin to breathe, ensuring a cool experience amidst the sun-soaked dunes.

2. Neutral Hues for Desert Elegance:

Choose a color palette of neutral and light tones such as beige, khaki, or light grey. These colors reflect sunlight and add an elegant touch to your dessert ensemble, blending seamlessly with the golden sands.

3. Protective Footwear for Desert Exploration:

Wear closed-toe shoes like sneakers or sturdy sandals to ensure your feet are comfortable and protected. This choice will shield your feet from the hot sand and any unexpected terrain challenges during your desert exploration.

4. Sun-Smart Accessories:

Top off your look with a wide-brimmed hat or a traditional keffiyeh to shade your face and neck. Sunglasses with UV protection are not just a style statement but a necessity to shield your eyes from the desert sun and blowing sand.

5. Minimalistic Accessories for Practicality:

Keep accessories minimal to maintain practicality. Opt for a lightweight watch and avoid heavy jewellery to ensure comfort during desert activities.

6. Convenient Backpack Essentials:

Carry a small backpack to keep essentials like sunscreen, water, and a camera. This adds to your convenience and ensures you’re prepared to capture memorable moments in the breathtaking desert landscape.

8. Capture the Moment:

Don’t forget to bring a camera or smartphone to capture the mesmerizing beauty of the desert. The vast dunes, unique flora, and fauna provide countless photo opportunities you wouldn’t want to miss.

In conclusion , carefully curating your desert safari Dubai outfit with these tips will optimize your comfort and ensure a stylish and memorable experience in the Dubai desert. Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime, capturing the essence of the desert while staying comfortably chic throughout your safari.

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What to Wear in Dubai: The Complete Guide and Packing Tips

Sharing all of my thoughts on what to wear in Dubai so you can be prepared for your trip!

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One of the most important things to know when traveling to the Middle East is what to wear in a conservative country. I visited Dubai then Egypt in the same year and scoured the internet looking for blog posts on what I should pack for a trip to the Middle East. I was so nervous with all of the unknowns, but went with my gut and am here to share what it was actually like. Spoiler alert: there’s truly no reason to stress! 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Why You Need to Dress Conservative
  • What to Wear in Dubai – your dress code rules

What to Wear on Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai outfit ideas.

  • My Actual Experience in Dubai
  • Packing List for Dubai
  • What I Wore in Dubai – example photos

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Why You Should Dress Conservatively

First and foremost, you are a visitor in their country so it is important to be respectful. This goes for anywhere you travel to, but in this case, your clothing should also respect their culture and beliefs. Basically, in any muslim country and many developing nations, they will dress conservatively and in a way that hides their skin. 

Every country is different, but I like to err on the side of caution and dress modestly. Luckily, I have been in a phase of maxi and midi dresses lately so I had several things in my closet already! 

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What to Wear in Dubai

So, here is the gist. Dubai is super modern and you really only need to be concerned when visiting old Dubai, the souks, or touring a mosque. Resorts and more touristy areas are not quite as strict and you will want to dress CHIC!

It is important to take their culture and traditions into consideration and be respectful. The best advice is to simply cover your shoulders and at least your knees as a female .

Unfortunately, it is typically extremely hot in these countries so it can be hard – I get it! As a result, I recommend lightweight materials like linen and light colors to best manage the heat. This is easy to do with maxi or midi dresses and skirts, flowy pants, light jackets, and sandals . On the plus side, covering your skin will protect you from sunburn in the extreme temps.  

Personally, I visited Dubai in April which had highs of 92ºF and that’s not even their hottest month! It was also Ramadan, so this is a time when you really should be thoughtful in your outfit choices.

For men , short sleeve shirts and either pants or shorts will work fine. It is much easier as a male!

Main Rules to Follow for Women Tourists:

  • Cover shoulders and knees as a female
  • Nothing too low cut
  • Breathable material to be comfortable in the heat
  • Crossbody purse – better for safety
  • Comfortable Shoes – lots of sand so sneakers or sandals are great
  • Headscarf – I never wore mine, but you may need it on a mosque tour. Although, many will provide clothing for tourists that you would be required to wear.

What People Actually Wore in Dubai

I was the most stressed for Dubai – they are conservative but kind of modern. What do I wear in the desert? What about the beach – are swimsuits allowed?? These questions and more concerned me for weeks. Here is what people actually wore in Dubai.

What Women Wore in Dubai

I saw many “influencers” on instagram in Dubai leading up to my trip. Many were wearing short, tight, or low cut clothing so I was really confused between all the blog advice and what it would actually be like. Dubai is a fairly modern country so it seems like you can get away with that without too many people staring at you, however, I did not see anyone dressed like that. Everyone was dressed similar to me with their shoulders and knees covered, especially in old Dubai.

When exploring the desert, mosques, or the old town , you will want to dress the most modestly. However, Dubai is very modern and futuristic and you still want to wear something chic especially at the resort or for dinners! Conservative does not have to mean frumpy!

As far as the beach and pool, we were at the Four Seasons resort so keep in mind there is more flexibility in the tourist parts. I did keep it to a one piece and a high waisted bikini with a maxi cover up appropriate for beach side lunches!

On a Dubai Desert Safari, you will want to wear loose and flowy clothing as the desert heat will be quite warm. Opt for linen and lightweight materials. Flowy pants and dresses work great for women. I personally wore a linen midi dress with sandals and was very happy with my outfit choice.

As far as shoes, it will be easier to walk through sand in sneakers, but sandals are great too. I wore sandals and it was fine. However, my activities did not require much time walking through the dunes.

It really depends on the type of experience you have booked. If you are dune bashing (which I don’t recommend because it’s bad for the environment), you can wear a workout set with leggings, sneakers, etc. If you are having a traditional bedouin meal, I would dress more conservatively out of respect for their culture.

I like to shop at places like Anthropologie or Free People for pieces that easily work for these more conservative countries and are still cute in your everyday wardrobe. Nobody wants to buy something they won’t wear again! Here are a few items you could wear in Dubai.

Leisurely tip: pack a mini deodorant and shine wipes in your purse – it is hot and you WILL sweat!

Flowy Dresses

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This is a beautiful white dress that would be great for dinners. I have it in blue!

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beautiful fitted floral dress perfect for exploring old Dubai or to dress up a nice dinner.

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Love this breezy dress – it is super lightweight and comes in many colorways. Would be perfect for an outfit to wear in Dubai.

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Such a cute daytime dress to pair with sandals or white sneakers

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I love the colors on this beautiful floral print dress. I have the same one in a blue print, but eyeing this color way too.

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Next, this wrap dress is perfect for exploring a conservative country.

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I love the tie strap trend on the smocked blue maxi dress. Maxi dresses are a solid choice for this trip.

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On the more conservative side, this dress covers your knees and shoulders making it a good option if you are touring a mosque.

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THIS dress is one of my favorites! the stripes are beautiful with the ruffled sleeves.

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Can’t go wrong in white. This is perfect to wear on the plane as it is super roomy and cozy!

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This would be a winner for the evenings at dinner in a conservative country. It would look amazing paired with a wedge heel.

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Love this long sleeve dress to wear in a conservative country. You could pair it with a belt to give a more fitted look. Would be great with wedges for dinner or sneakers during the day.

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This navy would really pop against the sandy beige colors in the Dubai desert. You would look amazing in photos! 🙂

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This would be such a cute skirt to wear out and about in Dubai.

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I love this high waisted bright blue floral skirt option. It pairs easily with a white tee or cropped length shirt.

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Loving this blue pleated skirts that comes in every color!

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Buying this for fall – such a gorgeous pattern.

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Tops and Blouses

This blouse would be so chic for a dinner in Dubai. Pair it with white high waisted trousers! (see below for an option)

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The twist front shirt is the perfect tee to pair with high waisted skirts and pants

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This gauzy button down blouse will be sure to keep you cool in the desert heat and doubles as a pool coverup!

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This trendy sweater also makes a great coverup or perfect over dresses.

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Pants and Jumpsuits

Love these white pants! Would be perfect with so many tops for dinners in Dubai or Egypt.

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These billowy pants are everything – high waisted, tiered legs. I am obsessed.

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Vibrant colors and feminine touches make this flowy jumpsuit ideal for a conservative country

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This scarf is lightweight and floral print perfect to pair with white dresses.

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These summer scarves go with anything. I particularly love the blue and white stripes.

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Comfortable Sneakers and Sandals

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Essential Packing List for Dubai

  • Flowy Dresses and Skirts
  • Headscarf for Old Dubai or Mosques (just in case you want it)
  • Sunblock – lots of it!
  • crossbody purse
  • comfortable shoes
  • water bottle
  • oil removing face wipes
  • facial spray
  • travel size deodorant

Clothing I Wore in Dubai

How to dress in Dubai is up to you, but here are some examples of my outfits. Things I wear all the time anyways!

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Next, answering some of the top questions when planning a trip to Dubai.

On a Dubai Desert Safari, you will want to wear loose and flowy clothing as the desert heat will be quite warm. Opt for linen and lightweight materials. Flowy pants and dresses work great for women. It will be easy to walk through sand in sneakers, but sandals are great too.

You can wear leggings in Dubai, but I would have a coat or longer blouse that covers you. I don’t recommend to wear as you main outfit, but in the touristy hotels you should be fine.

Men have it much easier than women. In Dubai or Egypt, they can get away with shorts or pants and any t-shirt or collared shirt. Jeans are fine too.

Yes, you may wear a swimsuit in Dubai. In both countries, you will be fine in a suit at your resort, but I would not wear one at a public beach. Go for something modest like a one piece or high waist. Always wear a coverup when up from your chair or the pool.

Dubai is a modern and international city so tourists can wear almost anything they would like without raising too much attention. However, it is a modest country so dress accordingly especially during Ramadan or in Old Dubai. At resorts and tourist attractions, you can get away with more.

There is not an official dress code for Ramadan, however, this is a special time and when you want to be the most respectful. Plan to dress modestly covering your knees and shoulders during this time of year.

And, there you have it! Deciding what to wear in Dubai is truly not that big of a deal. Don’t overthink it too much. What would be appropriate for you to wear at church or in the workplace? You would not wear anything short or strappy so you should not wear that here. Finally, please ask any questions about modest clothing in the comments!

Happy shopping! 🙂

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What to wear during a desert safari in dubai.

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Desert safari is high in the list of places to visit of tourists to Dubai. This experience of a lifetime is unlike the architectural masterpieces, theme parks, shopping malls and souks, and more in the Emirate. Many people who have experienced the safari describe it as extraordinary. Many have also said that while they enjoyed the trip they were unable to take part in a few activities. They cite the reason as improper clothing. Dressing up properly for a desert safari needs some consideration and advice from people who’ve experienced it. If you are planning on a Dubai desert safari get to know the right dress code so that you don’t have to regret later.

An intro on clothing for Tourists going on a desert safari

Comfortable wear at Dubai Desert Safari

Tourists to Dubai will have other tourists for a company and so modest clothing isn’t mandatory. Those going on a Desert Safari are free to wear anything they are comfortable in. However, women must cover their shoulders and knees.

The afternoons are intensely sunny while the early hours of the morning and evenings can get very cold. So visitors must put on clothes that are breathable and practical in hot and cold weather and abundant dust. Loose clothes are recommended for being comfortable while doing sand skiing and other rides.

The desert heat stays while the sun is up. Visitors on an evening and overnight safari must carry a light jacket .

Below is a brief on an outfit for Dubai desert safari for both the gender.

Personal wear for a Dubai desert safari

Personal wear Dubai Desert Safari

Ladies and men are advised to put on Loose-fitting comfy trousers or jeans. Linen and cotton will make them comfortable and cool. They are excellent for an early morning desert safari . A hoodie would also suit morning and evening safaris that continue into the night.

Men may opt for cotton pants or shorts. Shorts are standard summer wear for hot afternoons. However, a short is not the best for a desert safari.

  • The reason is that tourists will be mostly seated in an AC jeep. Thus, shorts could be uncomfortable.
  • Those who opt for a sand activity such as sand-boarding or dune bashing could gather sand in uncomfortable places. Moreover, having a camel ride in desert safari wearing shorts is not very comfortable.

Trousers are a better bet. However, the zip-off trousers that get converted to shorts are okay.

Ladies can put on pants and T-shirts or Salwar Kamiz . They can wear an a loose-fitting top with Full sleeve instead of T-shirts. Ladies are free to wear skirts that cover the knees. However, a skirt is not likely the best wear, particularly for those keen on a camel ride or sand-boarding.

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Men and women are advised to bring along jackets, sweaters, or shawls as the temperature falls a lot during the night. They should also carry a scarf or wrapping around the face for protection from the sun and sand.

Footwear for the Safari

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Light boots, Sneakers, and flip-flops would be okay as most of the dune bashing drive will be on the jeep. Light boots and Sneakers would be better for walking on dunes and for keeping the feet snug in the camp at night. However, flip-flops and sands are also okay.

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Visitors must carry Sunglasses and a hat for shade. Lip balm and sunscreen are good. Heavy makeup could cause sweating and thus is better avoided.

Families that bring along kids must carry a towel, extra clothing, diapers, baby cream, feeding bottles, and the like.

So, visitors who go for a desert trip in Dubai can wear practically anything. Women can wear short and anything what makes you comfortable.

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What to Wear In Dubai Desert Safari

Have you ever wondered what to wear in Dubai desert safari? Imagine yourself cruising over sun-kissed rolling dunes in a thrilling 4×4 vehicle adventure. The Dubai desert safari offers travelers and tourists an epic experience riding shotgun over undulating sands.

Feel the wind in your hair as skilled drivers expertly maneuver towering dunes, then relax under starlit Arabian nights with delectable dining and cultural performances. From heart-racing dune bashing to camel rides, quad biking, and sandboarding desert safari excursions allow you to create unforgettable memories.

With changing terrain underfoot and shifting temperatures as the desert sun dips, dressing appropriately ensures comfort no matter the activity. Read on to learn insider tips from City Smart Adventure Tourism local experts on ideal clothing and footwear to elevate your Dubai desert safari experience.

What to Wear In Dubai Desert Safari:

Packing the right outfit is key to having an enjoyable time amidst the Arabian sands. We recommend wearing lightweight, loose, breathable fabrics that cover your skin to protect against the sun and heat.

T-shirts and light long-sleeve tops make great options on top to shield your shoulders and arms. Pair these with loose shorts, skirts, or pants on the bottom – you’ll want flowy bottoms that don’t cling in the heat. Don’t forget a hat or scarf to shade your face and neck as well.

As for footwear, sandals won’t properly support you on the dunes. Instead, opt for sturdy shoes with grip, like trainers or hiking shoes that will stay securely on your feet. We don’t recommend flimsy slip-on shoes that could easily slide off.

While open sports sandals could work for those wanting air on their feet, closed-toe shoes tend to perform better in desert terrain.

Following these clothing tips will keep you cool, comfortable, and safe for your desert safari day in the Dubai sun. With the proper outfit, you’ll be ready to enjoy taking in the awe-inspiring red sand vistas and dune-bashing thrills during evening desert safari Dubai we have in store for you.

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What To Wear During A Desert Safari In Dubai

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When I first went on my desert safari in Dubai, I was oh so eager to experience all the desert glory. For me, it was an extraordinary, once in a lifetime trip and I had prepared for it, in the best way I knew how. I wish however; I had consulted about the desert dress code. I enjoyed my trips (both the sunrise and evening safari) but, a) I looked like a buffoon, b) I couldn’t take part in some activities, and c) I ended up carrying and depositing sand in places embarrassing to say.  So, in short, dressing up for the desert safari is a skill. So, you’ll want to make sure you have the correct attire.

Desert safari clothes should be neutral, breathable, and adjustable for both hot, cold temperatures and plenty of dust. Hot, because the desert afternoons are blazing sunny. And cold, because, in as much as people think the desert is hot all the time; early mornings and evenings can freeze cold.

There are two renowned desert safaris. One early morning safari to watch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast in the desert. And, another evening safari around sundown; to take part in evening desert activities like dune bashing, camel riding, watching the Tanoura dance, belly dance and delighting in the sumptuous barbecue dinner under the desert sky.

For our activities we would suggest

  • A hoodie/a poncho/a bulky pullover

You can wear a tank top or T-shirt underneath as you enjoy the morning desert safari. You can also bring this for the evening desert safari that reaches out into the night when the temperatures in the desert drops.

  • Long sleeved tops & comfortable trousers

Make these cotton/linen or trendy and lightweight. They’ll be good for the early morning desert safari when the temperatures are still low. And, they are also an excellent choice for daytime lounging given the general dress code in UAE. Most people will prefer shorts. The world over know them as the lightweight summer clothes for the hot afternoons. We don’t recommend shorts because: You will sit in an air-conditioned jeep most of the time. So the shorts might be uncomfortable. If you get out of the jeep and try any sand activities like sand-boarding, you may end up getting sand in very uncomfortable places. Also, it’s not very convenient to take a camel ride in shorts. So, we recommend trousers. And if you must wear shorts, try those trousers you can zip off trousers and convert to shorts or the ¾  length trousers.

  • Sunglasses, Hat & Light Shawl

The UAE sun is strong in every season, so invest on quality sunglasses. If you don’t like sunglasses you can try a hat or a light shawl. Just keep them in place; dune bashing is like a roller-coaster ride.

  • Comfortable Sneakers & Sandals

You can wear both sneakers, light boots and flip-flops and it doesn’t matter too much because for dune bashing drive you will be in the jeep most of the time. There will be short breaks and stops–where you get out to stretch your legs, enjoy the desert scenery and take pictures. We recommend sneakers or light boots to walk on the sand dunes and to keep your feet warm at the camp in the night, but you’ll be fine in sandals or flip-flops.

  • Sunscreen/Lip balm

The best way to protect yourself from sunburns is covering yourself with sunscreen. The lip balm will protect your lips from cracking as the desert is dusty and dry.  Make sure your sunscreen is not greasy, tacky or too scented.

Last, don’t bring your valuable accessories to the desert. You could end up losing them in the sand. However, if you must wear accessories; simple, inexpensive accessories with little detail will be best in the desert. Remember, a desert safari in Dubai is an awesome trip that many people only dream to take. So, be as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy it to the maximum.

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What to Wear in Desert Safari?

First-time visitors in Dubai find themselves in a fix when deciding what to wear in Desert Safari. In this comprehensive guide, we will answer all your queries about the right attire for desert safari .

Thinking of what to wear in Dubai desert safari? Wear what is comfortable and doesn’t get in the way of this adventurous experience. Desert safari would surely get your adrenaline kicking. However, those who have experienced it cited that they could not enjoy it to its full extent due to a lack of proper clothing. Dressing up for the desert safari is no less than skill. If you want to enjoy the desert safari fully, you want to make sure that you are dressed accordingly.

If you are traveling to Dubai , you would surely want to pack up different outfits as the weather gets pretty unpredictable. What you wear on the beach won’t be suitable for a museum and absolutely not for a mosque. When contemplating what to wear to desert safari Dubai, you should know that since it’s a Muslim country, you have to dress modestly. Women, particularly, have to cover their knees and shoulders.

When it comes to the question of how to dress for Dubai desert safari, there is no one perfect answer. How come? Let’s delve a bit deeper.

The Unpredictable Desert Weather.

To perfectly answer how to dress for Dubai desert safari, your clothes should be not only breathable but also adjustable. How so? Well, they should be suitable for both hot and cold temperatures and dust. Lots of it. The afternoons in the desert are sweltering. They can get blazing hot and sunny. And even though deserts are hot all the time, the early morning, evenings, and late nights get cold.

What to Wear in Dubai Desert Safari?

Ideally, you should opt for loose-fitted clothing. Cotton and linen clothing is comfortable, cool, and perfect for an early morning desert safari. A light jacket or a hoodie is ideal for an evening desert safari to continue into the night.

Natural Fiber: It is best to wear clothing made from natural fibers as they are the best for beating the desert heat.

Culturally Sensitive Clothing: When it comes to style, tourists must exhibit a sense of cultural sensitivity when deciding what to wear in desert safari during summer. They must dress modestly while being dressed for the weather. Put cultural sensitivity and modesty before fashion.

Dressing Styles: Since meals are eaten on the floor, it is best to avoid long fitted dresses and short skirts. A better option would be to wear loose cotton trousers or culottes and shirts. This answers what to wear to desert safari Dubai for summers. And when it’s winter, jeans and leggings are acceptable. Keep a light shawl and sweater/jacket with you as well. Ladies should don shirts that are at least mid-thigh length.

Important Note:  When taking the desert sports or dune bashing, women should wear a sports bra or something more structured. Keep something soft to wrap around your face and head to protect from dust and sand while camel riding and quad biking.

Shoes: If you have not been to Dubai, what to wear in Desert Safari is quite the question as one has to bear numerous things in mind. However, it is not only clothes you should think about. The right shoes and accessories are equally important. It would be best to pack two sets of shoes. Closed-toe trainers, sneakers or light boots are best for desert motorsports and sandboarding. They would keep your feet warm at the camp at night.

Keep a spare pair of flip-flops or sandals for other activities around the desert camp.

Accessories: Whether it’s winter or summer, the UAE sun is strong. Invest in a pair of quality sunglasses. If not, keep a hat with you or a light shawl to save your face and eyes from direct sunlight. Another must-have is sunscreen. It is best to protect yourself against sunburns.

However, while selecting sunscreen, make sure it is not too greasy or heavily scented. A lip balm will protect your lips from cracking as the desert is both dry and dusty.

How to Dress for Dubai Desert Safari Activities?

Since Dubai desert safari has a lot of activities, here is a list of what to wear to desert safari Dubai according to different activities:

Camel Riding When it comes to camel riding, know that it is not the most sophisticated of rides. It is even scary for some. So, it’s better to wear loose trousers or culottes over skirts. 

Dune Bashing The 4×4 that will pick you up from the city would take you to the camp from the rugged dune entry. Bear in mind that will be a bumpy ride. Expect to be thrown around. You have to ensure that you are wearing the right attire.

Quad Biking Although an optional sports activity, it is best to be prepared in case you decide to go for it. Some camps have restrictions on wearing closed-toe footwear only. It is best to keep a set of sportswear and something to tie back long hair. This goes for both the genders.

Sandboarding Although a given, sandboarding comes with a great amount of sand. Wear closed-toe footwear with trousers. Ditch the shorts or skirts.

BBQ & Entertainment for the Night The evening camps end the day with a meal that is served on rugs placed on the floor. Think of what would be most comfortable for sitting on the ground, and wear that.

That’s it for how to dress for Dubai desert safari. Hope you found this guide helpful!

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Desert Safari Outfit

When planning a desert safari adventure, it’s crucial to consider what to wear. Being comfortable and safe is key to enjoying the experience and creating lasting memories. Choosing the right outfit will allow you to appreciate breathtaking scenery and participate in activities while looking stylish and chic.

In this ultimate desert safari outfit guide, we will offer practical and informative advice on choosing and styling the perfect desert safari outfit. We’ll discuss the essential factors to consider when selecting an outfit, what to pack for your adventure, styling tips, and outfit ideas for various activities you may encounter on your desert safari journey.

Let’s start by discussing the factors to consider when choosing a Dubai desert safari outfit.

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Factors to consider when choosing a dubai desert safari outfit, climate and weather conditions.

The desert climate can be harsh, with extreme temperatures during the day dropping significantly at night. When choosing your outfit, consider the temperature, humidity, and wind speed in the area you’re visiting. Lightweight and breathable fabrics will help you stay cool and comfortable during the day, while long sleeves and pants protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and keep you warm at night.

Type of Activity

Different desert safari activities require different types of outfits. If you plan to go camel riding during your desert safari adventure, it’s important to remember the local culture and dress modestly as a sign of respect. On the other hand, dune bashing or sandboarding requires more comfortable and practical outfits that allow for freedom of movement. Consider the type of activity you’ll participate in and choose your outfit accordingly.

Cultural Sensitivities

Many desert safari destinations have cultural sensitivities that tourists must respect. For instance, some countries have strict dress codes, particularly for women. Generally, it’s best to dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees. Bring a scarf or shawl to cover your head or shoulders if necessary.

By considering these factors, you’ll be able to choose a stylish, practical, and appropriate outfit for your desert safari adventure. In the next section, we’ll look at the essential items to pack for a desert safari.

Essential Items to Pack for a Desert Safari

When preparing for a desert safari, it’s crucial to pack the right items to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the trip. When packing for a trip, it’s essential to have a comprehensive list of things to pack that should encompass the following:

Sun Protection

To guarantee a secure and pleasant time amidst the desert, it becomes imperative to safeguard oneself from the blazing sun rays; ensuring safety and comfort are paramount. The sun’s rays can be particularly harsh in desert environments, making it vital to take necessary precautions to prevent damage from harmful UV radiation. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen with a high SPF rating. Consider packing a lightweight long-sleeved shirt or a jacket to protect your arms from the sun.

It’s essential to shield your eyes from the harsh desert sun and sand while on a desert safari adventure. Therefore, it’s advisable to pack a pair of sunglasses to protect against bright sunlight and blowing sand. This will help you see clearly and prevent any discomfort or damage to your eyes.

Wearing a hat with a broad brim is an effective way to safeguard your face and neck from the sun’s harmful rays while keeping you cool.

Comfortable Footwear

Comfortable and sturdy footwear is a must for a desert safari. Wearing closed-toe shoes or boots is essential for a desert safari adventure, as they protect your feet against hot sand, rocks, and other potential hazards. Wearing sandals or flip-flops is not advisable as they offer minimal coverage and expose your feet to the rough terrain of the desert. Therefore, choosing sturdy and protective footwear is crucial to keep your feet safe and comfortable during the adventure.

Lightweight and Breathable Clothing

Choose lightweight and breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Loose-fitting clothing will help keep you cool and comfortable during the day, while long sleeves and pants will protect you from the sun’s rays and keep you warm at night.

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial when exploring the desert. Bring a refillable water bottle and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Pack some energy-boosting snacks like nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Insect Repellent

When exploring the desert, pesky insects such as mosquitoes and flies can ruin your experience. Pack an insect repellent to prevent being bitten and distracted by them.

First Aid Kit

When travelling, a small first aid kit is always a good idea, especially in remote areas like the desert. Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any medication you need.

Remember to capture the stunning scenery and unforgettable moments of your desert safari adventure. Pack a camera or your smartphone with a good camera.

By packing these essential items, you’ll be able to enjoy your desert safari adventure without any discomfort or worries. Keeping a positive mindset and being open to new experiences is important when going on a desert safari. Remember to bring along a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. These qualities will help you fully immerse yourself in the experience and appreciate the unique beauty and culture of the desert. So, remember to pack these intangible items along with the physical essentials and prepare for an unforgettable adventure in the dunes.

Tips for Styling Your Desert Safari Outfit

1. choose neutral colors.

Neutral colours like beige, khaki, and olive green are perfect for a desert safari outfit. They blend well with the surroundings and reflect the heat, keeping you cool and comfortable.

2. Layer Your Clothing

Staying comfortable and adapting to the unpredictable temperature changes in the desert can be challenging. However, layering your clothing can be useful to tackle this issue. Carrying a lightweight jacket or scarf can allow you to adjust your outfit as per the temperature changes without weighing you down. So, pack these essential layering pieces to ensure your comfort throughout the desert safari adventure.

3. Accessorize Wisely

It’s best to keep accessories minimal. Choose simple and practical pieces like a crossbody or belt bag to keep your essentials close. Avoid wearing jewelry or other flashy accessories that might get in the way or attract unwanted attention.

4. Opt for Practical and Comfortable Outfits

Your desert safari outfit should be practical and comfortable above all else. Steer clear of constricting garments that limit your mobility or ill-fitting shoes that may result in blisters or discomfort in your feet. When selecting clothes, it’s advisable to opt for garments that are not excessively snug and crafted from breathable, featherweight materials that enable unrestricted mobility.

5. Follow Local Customs and Traditions

When visiting a foreign country, respecting local customs and traditions is important. Research the dress codes and cultural sensitivities of the country or region you visit and dress accordingly. Modest clothing is generally recommended, particularly for women.

You can easily create a chic and comfortable outfit for your next desert safari adventure using the following styling tips.

Outfit Ideas for Different Desert Safari Activities

A. camel riding.

For camel riding, it’s best to dress modestly out of respect for the local culture. A long-sleeved shirt or blouse paired with loose-fitting pants or a long skirt is ideal. Add a scarf or shawl to cover your head and shoulders, and complete the look with comfortable closed-toe shoes or boots.

B. Dune Bashing or Sandboarding

For activities like dune bashing or sandboarding, it’s best to wear practical and comfortable outfits that allow freedom of movement. A t-shirt or tank top paired with lightweight, breathable shorts or pants is perfect. Add a light jacket or scarf for layering, and complete the look with sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots.

C. Desert Hiking

For desert hiking, wearing comfortable, sturdy footwear that can handle rough terrain is essential. Closed-toe shoes or boots are a must. Choose lightweight and breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Layer your clothing to adjust to the changing temperatures, and remember to bring a hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

D. Evening Safari

For an evening desert safari, dress in layers to adjust to the dropping temperatures. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt or blouse paired with loose-fitting pants or a maxi skirt is perfect. Add a cozy wrap or stole to your outfit to keep yourself warm during an evening desert safari. Also, choose a comfortable pair of closed-toe shoes or sandals that can endure the sandy terrain.

Opting for appropriate clothing for every activity can make your desert safari experience more comfortable and fashionable. Remember to pack all the essential items and follow local customs and traditions. With these tips and ideas, you can embark on the ultimate desert safari adventure.

A desert safari is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a unique and unforgettable experience. By following this ultimate Dubai desert safari outfit guide, you’ll be able to stay comfortable and chic in the dunes while respecting local customs and traditions. Remember to choose clothes made from lightweight and breathable fabrics, pack essential items like sunscreen and water, and follow safety precautions while participating in activities. With these tips and ideas, you’re ready to embark on the ultimate desert safari adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Plan your travel most appropriately. Find out how you can make your travel time memorable.

What to Wear?

Fight Dubai’s desert climate by making loose-fitting clothes made with cotton or linen your go-to option. Carrying accessories like sunscreen, sunglasses, moisturizer, and a scarf is recommended.

Never to Forget

Never forget to carry a water bottle to avoid dehydration when in Dubai. Also, never forget to get permission before taking photographs.

What Are The Tips?

Make sure to carry a jacket for the nighttime. Listen to your instructors guiding you for the adventurous activities in Desert Safari as your safety is always the priority.

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  • Loose-fitting and light clothes
  • High SPF sunscreen
  • Mid-knee length shorts and skirts
  • Light scarf

What to Wear in Desert Safari During Winter

  • Light and thick jackets
  • Warm clothes
  • Light sweater
  • Pashmina shawl
  • Sneakers and closed-toe shoes/boots
  • A hat that covers your ears
  • Moisturizing cream and lip balm

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Almost all the tourist ask  what to wear during the desert safari tour . So here is the detailed post regarding what to wear during the  Dubai desert safari  and why.

Summer Clothes to Wear in Dubai Desert

During the summer season, the temperature in the desert is very high even you spend most of your time in an air-conditioned 4×4 and air conditioned desert tent but still, when you come out of your 4×4 to do a camel ride, quad biking, or sandboarding; you feel boiling. So we suggest  Outfit for desert safari  should be breathable and adjustable for evening and morning tours.

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Dubai Desert Outfit During winter

During the winter season, the desert gets cold in the evening, and early morning, so the suggested  Dubai desert outfit  will be full selves with causal cotton pants and bring a shawl with you.

What color to wear during the desert tour.

Wear something with bold prints or the same color from top to bottom. So your dress will pop out against all the brown background “Desert.” So we decided what color we were going to wear. The next step is what to wear or  what do people wear in the desert ; there are so many options like wearing a jumpsuit, causal cotton pants, Loose or stretchy pants, or even leggings, Bermuda Shorts, Or high-rise long shorts.

The shorts idea is best for summer. But during winter, “November to February the weather gets cold in the middle of the desert after sunset and early morning.

For the tops, I will recommend at least half sleeve shirts. Half sleeve shirts work in both winter & summer as you have to follow the rules of the UAE dress code. So if you are wearing a jumpsuit, wear a blouse on it. So here our dress issue gets resolved; now come to the point, wear sneakers, sandals, or flip-flops. According to our experience, sandals and flip-flop are the best options. If you wear sneakers, you will be bringing a lot of sand back to the hotel as a souvenir. As well as you get irritated while removing sand from your sneakers as your feet remain in the sand all the time during your desert trip.

Outfit for Camel Ride

Camel ride in the Dubai desert  is one the most demanding and thrilling activities; wear some stretchable clothes if you go for a  camel trekking tour , which is around 30 minutes. Bring a  scarf , wear your  shades , and must use  sunscreen . The best way to protect yourself from sunburns during a camel ride is by covering yourself with sunscreen. Make sure your sunscreen is not greasy and tacky. You must bring and use the  lip balm ; lip balm will protect your lips from cracking as the desert is dusty and dry.

What to wear on a camel ride in Dubai?

  • Comfortable Clothes:  Wear loose, comfortable clothing that covers your arms and legs to protect you from the sun and rubbing against the camel’s fur.
  • Zipper pockets clothes:  Always wear zipper clothes to secure your belongings easily. On daily bases, tourists say they lost their Sunglasses, Cell phone, Credit cards or paper money during the camel ride in Dubai. Wearing clothes with zipper pockets can help keep your belongings secure and prevent them from falling out during the camel ride.
  • A scarf or tight-fitting cap or hat:  A scarf or cap can help protect your head and neck from the sun and wind and keep your hair out of your face. We recommend using a scarf so you can cover your nose and mouth. It helps to stop the sand from entering your mouth. 
  • Sunscreen:  It is important to protect your skin from the intense sun in Dubai, so make sure to apply sunscreen with a high SPF before your camel ride.
  • Sunglasses:  Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun and also the blowing sand.
  • Moisturizer:  The desert air can be very dry, so applying moisturizer will help keep your skin hydrated.
  • Female Hygiene Items:  Female riders should consider bringing feminine hygiene items as restroom facilities may be limited during the camel trekking.
  • Wet Wipes:  Wet wipes can come in handy for cleaning off sand or dust from your face or hands during the ride.
  • Camera:  You will want to capture the beautiful scenery and your camel ride, so bring a camera or smartphone with you.

Wear something somewhat loose-fitted, so they’re comfortable to be in. As you have to sit in a land cruiser for at least an hour, you have to enjoy a camel ride, sandboarding, and quad biking. You can also buy an Arabian headscarf from the desert.

A final thought about what to wear during the desert tour, A  hoodie or a bulky pullover , half-sleeved tops & comfortable trousers, bring  Sunglasses ,  Hat & Light Shawl  use  Sunscreen  and  Lip balm  during camel ride and quad biking and at end wear sandals or flip-flops. Last, don’t bring your valuable accessories to the desert.

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Dress for the Desert Trip

Light and Flowy Maxi Dresses for the Desert Safari Dubai Tour

Suppose you’re heading to the Dubai desert for a safari tour. In that case, you want to ensure you’re dressed comfortably and appropriately.

Light and flowy maxi dress is an excellent option for this adventure. Here’s why maxi dresses are perfect for a desert safari and what you should keep in mind when choosing one.

Why Maxi Dresses are a Perfect Choice for a Desert Safari

Maxi dresses are ideal for a desert safari because they are comfortable, stylish, and appropriate for the environment. A maxi dress’s light and flowy silhouette will keep you cool in the hot desert sun, and the long length will protect you from the elements. 

Additionally, the relaxed fit of a maxi dress allows plenty of room to move around and explore the desert, making it an ideal choice for an active day.

Recommendation for Light, Breathable Fabrics

Tips for choosing a dress with a flowy silhouette.

A dress with a flowy silhouette will help keep you cool and comfortable in the desert heat. Look for dresses with a loose fit, plenty of gathers or pleats, or an A-line shape.

Avoid tight-fitting dresses, as they will not provide enough ventilation to keep you cool in the desert sun.

Suggestions for Accessorizing the Maxi Dress

To make your maxi dress suitable for a desert safari, you’ll want to accessorize with practical and stylish items.

  • A wide-brimmed hat or a scarf can provide protection from the sun and keep you cool.
  • Sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes from the bright desert sun.
  • Closed-toe shoes will protect your feet and support you in walking on uneven terrain.
  • A lightweight bag, such as a backpack or cross body bag, is a good idea to carry water, snacks, and any other essentials you might need during the day.

In conclusion, a light and flowy maxi dress is an excellent choice for a desert safari in Dubai. Choose a dress made from breathable fabrics and a flowy silhouette, and accessorize with practical and stylish items to complete the look.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be dressed and ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Dubai desert.

Wide-Leg Pants for the Desert Safari

Regarding dressing for a desert safari, comfort and style are both important. Wide-leg pants are a great option that offers both.

Here’s why wide-leg pants are comfortable and stylish the choice for a desert safari and what you should keep in mind when choosing a pair.

Why Wide-Leg Pants are a Comfortable and Stylish Choice for a Desert Safari

Wide-leg pants are an excellent choice for a desert safari because they offer comfort and style. The relaxed fit of wide-leg pants provides plenty of room to move around, making them ideal for an active day in the desert.

Tips for Choosing a Pair with an Adjustable Waistband

Choose a pair of wide-leg pants with an adjustable waistband to ensure the most comfortable fit during your desert safari. An adjustable waistband will allow you to customize the fit of your pants, ensuring a comfortable fit throughout the day.

Additionally, an adjustable waistband will make it easy to adjust your pants as needed, whether you need to tighten or loosen the waistband for added comfort.

The Perfect Footwear for Dubai's Desert Safaris

The Importance of Proper Footwear  Wandering the vast expanse of the desert isn’t just about gazing at the horizon; it’s about doing it right.

  • Selecting the perfect shoe can make a world of difference. Picture this: you’re trudging through fine sand, with each step sinking you deeper. If you’re not wearing the right shoes, this picturesque journey can quickly become uncomfortable.
  • The desert may seem benign, but it hides many challenges – the searing heat of the midday sun or the surprisingly chilly nights. Proper footwear ensures you’re ready for these unpredictable shifts, protecting your feet from potential injuries and burns.

Understanding the Desert Terrain

  • Ever tried walking on a beach? Now, imagine that with shifting dunes that make each step a mini workout. The desert is unpredictable, and your shoes must rise to the occasion.
  • For the uninitiated, deserts can be full of surprises. While the days are hot and might make you want to throw on some sandals, nights can get cold, warranting sturdier footwear. 

Best Footwear Choices

  • While the temptation to slip into sandals is real, closed shoes offer more protection against the desert’s challenges. They guard against hot sands and unexpected critters, protecting your feet.
  • Ever heard the saying, “It’s not about the shoe, but the material”? Okay, maybe that’s not an actual saying, but breathable materials make a significant difference in the desert. They allow your feet to breathe, reducing sweating and discomfort.
  • Sandals may offer ease, but sneakers win in the protection department. However, particular specialized sandals, designed for desert terrains could be a middle ground. Weigh the pros and cons based on your desert safari’s planned activities.

Specialized Desert Boots

  • Purpose-built for the desert, these boots offer maximum protection. They’re every desert adventurer’s dream, from their high ankle support to the heat-resistant material.
  • Several renowned brands, such as  Timberland  and Merrell, offer specialized desert boots. Depending on your budget and requirements, you can find a boot that’s perfect for you.

Desert Safari Activities & Footwear

Embarking on a desert safari promises many unique activities, each with its own challenges and requirements. With every thrilling activity, from dune bashing to horse riding, ensuring that your feet are clad in the best possible footwear tailored to the adventure you’re diving into is vital. Let’s explore the world of shoes for each of these exciting desert escapades.

1. Dune Bashing and Shoes

This exhilarating activity involves driving aggressively over dunes; the right shoes can make all the difference.

Footwear Recommendations:  Opt for shoes that offer excellent grip, ensuring that your feet remain firmly anchored even if the vehicle sways and rocks. Sneakers with a rubber sole or hiking boots are ideal for this activity. Breathability is a plus, as it can get entirely heated inside the vehicle.

2. Footwear For Camel Riding

A desert safari is incomplete without the iconic camel ride.

Footwear Recommendations:  Stability is the name of the game here. Shoes with a firm grip will help you remain steady atop these majestic creatures. Ankle boots or lace-up shoes are preferred as they prevent sand from entering and offer a snug fit, which is crucial when high up on a camel’s back.

3. Footwear For Sandboarding

Imagine snowboarding but on golden dunes!

Footwear Recommendations:  For sandboarding, traction is crucial. Opt for shoes that provide a good grip to prevent slips and falls. High ankle sneakers or boots with deep treads are suitable for this adrenaline-pumping activity.

4. Footwear for Quad Riding in the Desert

Quad bikes offer a thrilling way to explore the vast desert landscape.

Footwear Recommendations:  Shoes that offer protection against the heat, sand, and potential debris kicked up by the bike are essential. Closed-toe, sturdy shoes like hiking boots or specialized biking shoes are the top choices. They not only provide the necessary grip on the quad’s footrests but also ensure your feet are shielded from the elements.

5. Dune Buggy Ride Footwear

Dune buggies provide a unique experience of conquering the desert terrains.

Footwear Recommendations:  For dune buggy rides, look for shoes that grant stability and comfort. Closed shoes with a snug fit, such as sports sneakers, will prevent sand from entering and ensure a firm grip on the buggy’s pedals.

6. Footwear for Dirt Biking in the Desert

Dirt biking is a heart-pounding activity that requires the utmost precision.

Footwear Recommendations:  Specialized dirt biking boots are your best bet. They’re designed to offer maximum protection from impacts, are heat resistant, and provide excellent grip on the bike’s pedals. If you don’t have access to these, at the very least, wear high ankle boots to protect against potential sprains and injuries.

7. Horse Riding Footwear

Riding boots are the classic choice for this activity. They offer protection against chafing from the saddle and ensure your feet sit securely in the stirrups. In their absence, go for closed, calf-length boots with a slight heel to prevent your foot from sliding through the stirrup.

8. Desert Walk Footwear

Walking in the desert is a meditative experience, allowing you to connect with nature.

Footwear Recommendations:  Comfort is paramount here. Choose lightweight, breathable shoes, preferably with a mid or high ankle to prevent sand ingress. Trail shoes or desert walking boots with a good grip and support are ideal.

hese varied desert activities require different types of footwear, but the common thread is the need for protection, comfort, and grip. By pairing the right shoes with each activity, you’ll ensure a memorable and safe desert adventure. After all, as the saying goes, “It’s not about the destination, but the journey,” and what better way to enjoy the journey than with happy feet?

Caring for Your Shoes Post-Desert Safari

  • Deserts are beautiful but can be messy. Learn how to efficiently clean your shoes after a day in the sands, ensuring they’re ready for your next adventure.
  • With the proper care, your desert shoes can serve you for many future trips. Discover maintenance tips that ensure your shoes last longer.

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FAQS About Desert Safari Outfit

While it may be tempting to wear shorts and a t-shirt, it is not recommended. Shorts and t-shirts do not provide enough coverage to protect you from the sun and sand. It is better to opt for loose-fitting clothing that covers your skin.

Yes, it is recommended to wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and face from the bright sun. Choose sunglasses with UV protection and a hat that provides enough shade to protect your face and neck.

It is best to avoid wearing jewelry and accessories during the desert tour that may get lost in the dunes.

You can bring a backpack or purse to carry any essentials, such as sunscreen, glasses, or a camera.

Wear closed-toe shoes or sandals with a strap around the ankle to protect your feet from the sand and sun.

It is better to wear light-colored clothing to reflect the sun’s rays and keep you cool. Dark clothing absorbs the sun’s heat and may make you feel hot and uncomfortable.

Yes, it is recommended to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and frequently reapply it throughout the day.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat that provides enough shade to protect your face and neck from the sun.

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Female Desert Safari Outfit –  What to Wear in Desert Safari Dubai?

Female Desert Safari Outfit for winter

Originally posted 2022-04-03 20:46:13.

So you’re getting ready for a desert tour and not sure what to wear on the desert safari tour? Though Dubai is significantly tolerant about female outfits, in spite it’s a part of Muslim country and also have some restrictions when it comes to outside.   Regarding temperature, during the day time in the hot season (May-October), temperature in Dubai desert fluctuates between 35 C to 50 C while in summer it keeps rolling around 25 C. On the other hand, at night the climate in the desert becomes a bit chilly. Apart from that, desert safari tours are offered in three different versions, morning, an evening desert safari tour and overnight desert safari. Most likely you’ve booked an evening desert tour. So, the major part of this post is about the evening safari tour. Before going on a trip, go through my detailed post to figure out desert safari outfits. 

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Dubai Desert Outfit During Winter

Considering it as a desert city, most people think Dubai is ALWAYS hot. Frankly, it isn’t accurate. During the winter season, the temperature in Dubai is usually pleasant. In fact in recent years, during winter rain has happened in Dubai. Therefore, you’ve to keep an eye out for weather if you go to the Dubai desert in winter.  Occasionally, when you are travelling to the Dubai desert in the evening during winter months, you should definitely wear an extended pants/long skirt and also it’s advisable to carry a light jacket since the desert temperature in the evening after sunset goes down. 

Female Desert Safari Outfit for winter

Dubai Desert Outfit During Summer

Despite sweltering weather conditions, a great number of tourists are visiting Dubai. When choosing a dress for desert safari in summer, Don’t forget that summer months in Dubai are scorching. To guide you, I’d suggest wearing a simple cotton shirt combined with breathable cargo pants etc. Even though dark colorful dresses seem to be a good choice for the pictures, to beat the heat, light-colored clothing is most appropriate to wear.If you want to miss spectacular desert photos, wearing outfits with a vibrant pattern or shade to contrast against the sandy background could help you in capturing great photos. On top of that, To protect your face against sun rays, you can carry a baseball cap with you.

If you’re going to overnight desert safari, bear in mind temperature can dramatically change from evening to late night. So ensure to carry a light jacket or fleece. 

If a man accompanies you, he should wear shorts or light and comfortable trousers or jeans with a t-shirt or cotton shirt. 

Dressing for Cultural 

First, I want to point out that Dubai is known as a multicultural city because it’s population is composed of over 85% expats including the Pakistani, Indian subcontinent, African, Southeast region, West and Middle East. However, When selecting what to wear on a desert trip, aside from your ease and comfort zone, you need to respect the local UAE culture as well. Considering other Middle Eastern cities, Dubai is extremely generous when it comes to female dress code, yet, it’s advisable to dress conservatively, covering your shoulders and knees at least. Casual pencil dress with a belt would be an ideal dress to wear in Dubai. 

What Shoes Should You Wear?

Putting on walking sandals may not be a great idea when going on a desert trip in Dubai. Better you carry close-toed shoes with you for walking in the desert sand. In winter, Light joggers and sneakers are also great options for desert adventure activities. 

Additional Desert Safari Packing 

  • Getting sunburned in the Dubai desert is not fun in any way. So ensure to carry a good sunscreen lotion and glasses as well. 
  • If you’re staying overnight in the desert, make sure you carry your mobile phone chargers. Aside if you’re kind of allergic, carry your own towels and travel soap as well. You can also bring your own night dress. Remember, at night the temperature drops down in the desert. So, carry a warm dress

Evening Desert Safari Activities

Evening Dubai desert safari trip comes with a diverse variety of activities for its visitors. If you have no idea what those activities are, stick with me.  

  • Dune Bashing

When it comes to dune bashing in desert safari, there is no way you miss it unless you’re pregnant or have backbone issues. Dune bashing is actually the zaniest and the most daring activity in desert safari where a vehicle is driven over a sand dune with escalating and reducing speeds. To do so, you need special driving skills along with a special vehicle. Normally a sports utility vehicle (SUV) used to carry out dune bashing. It’s not a necessity, but if you’re a female, consider being dressed in a  well supported shirt since you’ll get thrown around in the car. 

  • Camel Riding 

Riding on a camel in the desert is a dream for many of us. It’s evidently an exciting activity for many tourists. If you’ve no idea what to wear when going for the camel ride, In my opinion, loose, long sleeves clothes and non-slip loose trousers/pants would be good outfitted for camel rides. If you’re taking the came riding trip in Dubai during the summer, light-weight and light-coloured clothing would be the right ones.  

  • Sand boarding

It might be a completely new term in case you have never been on a desert safari trip before. Similar to snowboarding, Sandboarding is an activity that involves slipping down the slopes of a desert dune with exclusively designed boards fastened to your feet. Again, for this you are also suggested to wear loose trousers.  

  • BBQ Dinner & Entertainment

Aside from previously mentioned activities, you’ll also enjoy barbecue dinners under the stars, watch live entertainment shows like tanoura show, belly dance and fireshow etc during evening and overnight desert safari trips. 

  •  Photography

No matter which desert safari trip you’re going with, you’ll have an opportunity to get some amazing photoshoots with falcons. Most desert safari tour operators offer UAE national dress for photoshoot. If it attracts you, you can give it a try. 

  • Quad Biking

Most of the time, quad biking isn’t included in desert safari  basic trips. It’s an optional activity. Quad bike riding in the Dubai desert is truly an activity packed with adventure and excitement. If you wish to experience a full scale desert safari trip with full scale,  I encourage you to book quad biking with your desert safari Dubai tour.

Where to Book Desert Safari?

Since desert safari is considered to be a must to do activity in Dubai, there are countless tour operators that offer desert safari tours. However, I personally went with this tour operator . You can read my detailed  desert safari trip review over here . 

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Choosing the right outfits for desert safari in dubai.

The famous desert safaris of Dubai , a city of modern marvels within the Arabian Desert provide a lifelong experience. However, when heading for this exciting journey, choosing the right Desert Safari Outfit attire could greatly improve your experience. The desert safari in Dubai is irresistible and adventurous into the mystic dunes.

It is so amazingly thrilling to explore Dubai’s desert on a safari. Riding camels, admiring beautiful sunsets, and having a fabulous time on fun-packed sand adventures. However, make the right choice of clothing. Choosing comfy and practical outfits is especially important in the desert, where the weather can be super hot during the day and chilly at night. Prepare yourself for the aesthetic and adventure of the desert, however, ensure that you dress appropriately and in fashion for the trip!

Dress Wisely: Understanding the Desert Climate

Dubai has a desert climate with hot days and cooler nights. This implies that during the day, temperatures can be very hot, at times reaching even 100°F (38°C) and then fall drastically at night. More so, the desert terrain makes sand blows and dust storms common as wind storms. Thus, these climate nuances require an ideal outfit.

Essentials of Clothing for a Desert Safari

Light and loose-fitting clothes:.

Go for the breathable and lose fit dressing which has a circulation of air that keeps you cool during this hot season. Lighter fabrics such as cotton and linen, for instance, can absorb sweat and promote evaporation, which is important in helping to avoid discomfort.

Long-sleeved Shirts and Pants:

Long-sleeved shirts and pants provide protection from the harmful rays of the sun and save people from sunburn even though it is quite hot. Preferably, light and breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking materials.

Scarves or Shemaghs:

A scarf or shemagh (the traditional Arabian headscarf) has different functions. It protects your face and neck from the sun and blowing sand and also provides a layer of protection during cool evenings.

Closed-toe Shoes:

Closed-toe shoes should be comfortable and can be sneakers or hiking sandals. They also prevent your feet from hurting themselves from hot sand, thorns, and rocks. Sandals are not advised as the dust may get inside one’s feet and become a source of annoyance.

Hat and Sunglasses:

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat reduces sun exposure for your face and neck. The polarized sunglasses that are UV protected protect your eyes from the intense glare and the blowing sand.

Dubai Desert Safari Dress Code

Regardless of the weather, one should wear comfortable clothing and do away with possible hazards to ailments from the extreme weather remains essential. The latter is also as important as respecting the local norms.

  • These guidelines should ensure a comfortable and safe desert safari experience, just by following them.
  • It is quite hot during the day and lightweight fabrics are best. Instead, wear breathable cotton, or linen over synthetic.
  • In the evening the temperature may suddenly drop, thus, it is necessary to have a sweater or jacket.
  • Therefore, long sleeves and pants are recommended to keep away from the sun and desert creatures.
  • Wear at least mid-thigh length shorts or pants. They do not appreciate you having shorts that expose your bottom.
  • As for women, they should avoid wearing dresses with lots of cleavage. They should be sleeveless but not skimpy.
  • However, women should avoid short skirts because the majority of meals are eaten on the floor and can seem uncomfortable, especially with the breeze.
  • You will be walking a lot, thus closed-toe shoes are necessary.
  • Covering your head with a hat or a scarf can help to keep your head cool.
  • It is important to include sunscreen and sunglasses in your luggage as they are important in protecting your skin and eyes.

Seasonal Dressing for the Desert Safari in Dubai

Desert safari clothing in winter.

Ideally, you should go for your desert safari in winter. November to February is cooler, especially in the dry season after sunset and before dawn. Therefore, you should dress in layers so that it is easier for you to remove layers once the sun is out. A pair of long jeans with Cardigans or Jumpers will do. Remember to take a snug hat with earflaps or ear muffs because of the cool breeze. One should also carry a scarf or pashmina shawl. It is advisable to travel with lip balms and creams to avoid dry skin.

Desert Safari Clothing in Spring

At this time, the weather is quite favorable and conducive. Instead, one can forego layering and wear casual attire in these months. Also, remember to have a jacket because the temperatures drop during the night.

Desert Safari Clothing in Summer

The temperature is sweltering from April until it becomes humid in September. Surviving the summer in Dubai requires comfortable and breathable material. Although the temperature might go down a little bit in the night, one is encouraged to wear loose clothing. T-shirts and pants can be replaced with cotton tights, bombers, and sweatshirts. And make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen, particularly during these months.

Desert Safari Clothing in Autumn

In late September to early November, the heat usually decreases, but one can still wear light clothes to endure until winter comes.

Smart Outfit Ideas: How to Style your Desert Safari Outfit

Choose neutral colors:.

The best choices for a desert safari outfit would be neutral colors like beige, khaki, and olive green. They are camouflaged and reflect light, enabling them to blend with their environment and cool you down.

Layer Your Clothing:

Adapting to the ever-changing temperatures in the desert can be quite difficult to be accommodating. You can consider wearing layers of clothing to solve this problem. A lightweight jacket or scarf may help you change your outfit as to the temperature changes, without adding extra pounds to you. Hence, remember to pack these essential layering pieces for your comfort during the desert safari adventure.

Accessorize Wisely:

It is important to keep accessories on a minimal. Simple and practical pieces such as crossbody and belt bags can be used to ensure you always have your essentials nearby. Do not wear any jewelry or other flashy things that could get in the way or bring unwanted attention.

Go for practical and comfortable outfits:

First, your desert safari outfit should be practical and comfortable at all levels. Avoid tight clothes that restrict your movement or uncomfortable shoes that can cause blisters or pain in your feet. One should go for non-restrictive garments that are made of breathable, feathery light materials that allow a full range of movement.

Follow Local Customs and Traditions:

It is also vital to be aware of and respect local customs while in a foreign country. It entails dressing according to the cultural sensitivities and dress codes of the country or region you are visiting. Women, in particular, are often advised to dress modestly.

To help you put together a chic and comfy look for the next desert safari trip, below are styling tricks you can use.

Desert Safari Outfit Ideas for Different Activities in Dubai

Desert safari with camel riding.

To respect the local culture modestly recommended for camel riding.  An open long-sleeved shirt is good with loose trousers or a long skirt. Put on a scarf or shawl to cover your head and shoulders. Finish the outfit with comfortable shoes or boots.

Desert Safari with Dune Bashing or Sand Boarding

Therefore, when doing activities like dune bashing or sand boarding, wearing appropriate and comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement is best. Such clothing should be a T-shirt or a tank top accompanied by lightweight and breathable shorts or pants. Consider layering a light jacket or scarf, and round out the outfit with sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots.

Desert Hiking

The right footwear is also crucial in cases of desert hiking that is able to withstand rocky terrains. Closed-toe shoes or boots cannot be avoided. Go for lighter and airy clothes made from natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. Put on your clothes and change them as the need arises. Ensure you have a hat or a cap and a pair of sunglasses with you against the sun.

Evening Desert Safari Dubai

When going for an evening desert safari , put on several layers of clothes that are suitable for lowering temperatures. A light long-sleeved shirt or blouse, combined with loose pants or a maxi skirt is great. Include a warm, wrap or stole to your apparel during an evening desert safari. You will also need to choose a pair of closed-toe shoes or sandals that will withstand the rugged landscape.

Therefore, selecting the best clothing appropriate for each activity will ensure that you enjoy and dress fashionably during your desert safari. Ensure to carry all the necessary items and observe local customs and traditions. Adhere to these tips and you will have the best time during your desert safari expedition.

Things you should not wear on a Dubai Desert Safari

One can also have a feel of the vastness of the landscapes through a desert safari, from the high dunes to the endless coastal stretches. Nevertheless, there are a few aspects to totally avoid when doing a desert safari.

  • Tight body-hugging clothing
  • Exposing your head to the sun.
  • Dark colors or heavy fabrics that will soak in the sun’s rays.
  • Baggy clothing, because they could catch on things and in the wind.
  • Walking in the sand in high heels or unsuitable footwear, for instance.

Wrapping Up

However, it is important to select appropriate clothing that offers comfort, and protection from the heat and humidity and is culturally acceptable while preparing for a desert safari in Dubai. Breathable fabrics, dressing up exposed skin, and using sun protection gear accessories will help you have a pleasurable and comfortable time amid the amazing desert beauty.

Furthermore, note that it is not just about dressing comfortably, but it will also improve the experience of the whole desert safari tour.

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Dubai desert safari outfit:.

Dubai desert safari outfit is the common question in every mind of tourist who are going to visit desert safari in Dubai. It is advisable to wear light and loose-fitting clothing like long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun during a desert safari in Dubai. You should also wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet from the hot sand. Additionally, you may want to bring sunglasses, a scarf, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Color  of dress to wear in desert safari:

It is best to wear light colored clothing when going on a desert safari Dubai . Light colored clothing will help to reflect the sun’s rays and keep you cooler. It is also a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and skin from the sun.

When choosing the color of your dress for a desert safari, it’s important to consider the climate and the environment. Opt for light and breathable colors such as pastels, whites, and khakis to reflect the sun’s rays and keep you cool. These colors also blend well with the desert surroundings, providing a harmonious and natural look. Avoid dark colors that absorb heat and may make you feel uncomfortable. By selecting the right color palette, you can stay comfortable, stylish, and in tune with the serene beauty of the desert during your safari adventure.

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Shoe to wear on feet for desert safari:

Closed-toe shoes are a must when going on a desert safari. Sandals or flip-flops are not recommended as they can easily become filled with sand and debris. Closed-toe shoes will provide protection for your feet and help keep you from getting sand in your shoes. Additionally, it is a good idea to bring a pair of socks to wear with your shoes to help keep your feet cool.

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