I’m planning to visit the souks and take a desert safari including dinner at a campsite during my 5 day holiday in Dubai with my family at the end of November. My sister and I have a serious phobia of snakes (to the extent that it stresses me to even type the word!) and a third member of the 4 strong party isn’t too keen on them. How likely are we to see one, whether at a distance or up close eg as part of the ‘entertainment’ during the safari? I once had a terrible experience in Miami of all places, where a guy waving a large yellow python that was wrapped around his arm entered the restaurant where I was having dinner - I almost threw up and only narrowly avoided a panic attack. I don’t want to book something that might mean a similar catastrophe and the kind of holiday memory you don’t want!
I’m planning to visit the souks and take a desert safari including dinner at a campsite during my 5 day holiday in Dubai
- Chances of such an encounter in a Souk are negligible, Those are crowded places and snakes don't roam around there even if Dubai is a desert.
- This is possible, chances are that you may see one on a desert safari. Desert safaris are really in real deserts and those are the sort of places where it is easy to find a snake.
However, I have had countless number of trips to Dubai and specifically on desert safaris and I have never encountered a wild snake roaming around there, but on some campsites i have seen performers have them for some shows.
TL;DR: It is quite possible that you may see a snake at least while in the desert, away from built up areas of the city.
5Living in Saudi (3 years in UAE) my whole life with countless trips to the deserts and seen snakes two or three times.. I visit Indonesia once every month and I see snakes like 5 or 6 times a year in Urban areas! Nov 10, 2018 at 16:45