Is it too Hot to go on a Desert Safari in Dubai?
No matter which desert you are headed to, you will eventually take a break under some
shade until the afternoon heat decipitates. This is why desert safari tour operators in
Dubai do not conduct any tours that operate during the afternoon hours where
temperatures easily cross 40° Centigrade.
People here in Dubai love the desert, no matter whether it is hot or cold; we have plenty of
activities and resorts in the local desert to keep us occupied all summer. But whenever
someone mentions a desert, we often imagine a dry and arid hot spot with hot air blowing all
over the place under the desert sun. Else if we have happen to visit the lavish desert resorts
around Dubai and the Middle East, we could imagine ourselves relaxing in a luxurious pool filled
to the brim with water set at just the right temperature.
But no matter which desert you are headed to, you will eventually take a break under some
shade until the afternoon heat decipitates. This is why desert safari tour operators in Dubai
do not conduct any tours that operate during the afternoon hours where temperatures easily
cross 40° Centigrade. The temperature in the desert does drop during the night and it gets
surprisingly cold in contrast to the day temperatures which often reach the other extreme.
Ever heard of cold desert? A dry desert — one that once even got entirely covered in snow?
Yes I am talking about the Taklamakan Desert in China. Located in northwest China, it falls in
the southwest part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Bounded by the Kunlun
Mountains to the south, and the desert Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon)
to the west and north — it is does not even come close to the description of what we here in the
Middle East would call a ‘desert’.
To begin with the winter temperatures sometimes drop below -20°C; and in 2008, the region
received snowfall (thanks to the Chinese winter storms) covering the entire desert with a layer of
snow that was 4 centimetres thick. Its location is to be blamed for its extreme climate which
happens to be centrally located with no water body for thousands of kilometres in any direction.
Surprisingly it is inhabited to an extent. Yes you read correctly! People actually live out there.
There are a couple of Oasis towns that thrive on the water coming down from the surrounding
mountains, there is even a highway constructed that links the cities on the northern and
southern edges, making transportation and exploration possible — unlike in the past.
So, the next time you go on a morning or an evening desert safari tour in Dubai and complain
that it’s a bit too hot and sweaty? Remember what you just read.