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Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

1. Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

After pickup in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, you’ll enjoy a comfortable ride to the desert. Once there, visit a camel farm to get up close to these animals who are well adjusted to desert life. Next, take part in an exhilarating dune bashing experience. Feel your stomach jump as the vehicle heads up and down the steep sand dunes. Then, try your hand at sandboarding by sliding down the dunes on a board. Arrive at the Bedouin desert camp to enjoy a warm welcome of traditional Arabic coffee and dates. Then, walk up a dune to take pictures as the desert changes color as the sun sets on the horizon. At the camp, dive into the local customs and culture of the Arabian peninsula. Enjoy cultural activities such as henna painting, shisha smoking and camel rides. Then, try on traditional Arabian costumes and take pictures with a falcon. Watch captivating performances of Tanoura dancing and belly dancing, before tucking into a barbecue dinner. Finally, the lights of the camp will be switched off. Sit back and admire the star-lit sky for a peaceful moment of contemplation before returning to the bright city lights of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

2. Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Get ready for a desert safari starting with an early morning pick-up at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes as you see how simple it really is. During the safari there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for some photos in the desert. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance

3. Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance

Discover the true desert of Abu Dhabi. Feel the thrill with an exciting drive over the sand dunes, visit a camel farm and take to the dunes on a sandboard. As the afternoon turns to evening watch the spectacular sunset from the dunes. Your journey will continue until you reach the traditional Arabic camp, where you will enjoy a unique evening of activities and entertainment. Have the opportunity to try a host of activities like henna painting, belly dancing and shisha. After sunset, feast on a BBQ dinner served under the starlit sky. Enjoy live entertainment  in the form of belly dancing to ensure you have a night to remember.  Experience traditional Arabic hospitality, with Arabic coffee and dates served as they have been for centuries.

From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

4. From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

Take part in a desert adventure and embark on a dune bashing safari by 4WD. Visit a camel farm, see a traditional camp, and enjoy some famous Arabic hospitality. Depart from Abu Dhabi and journey to the desert on the outskirts of the city for an arrival at a desert camp in Al Khathim in around 45 to 60 minutes. Take an exciting drive across the sand dunes by 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a multilingual driver, and stop at a camel farm to catch your breath. Continue to the camp to take advantage of a host of thrilling activities, including the chance to cross the desert sands by Quad Bike (own expense), glide down the dunes on a sand board, or put on some traditional Arabic costume for a photo shoot. Try riding a camel and experience the desert's original mode of transportation. See an original Arabic camp, and enjoy some famous Arab hospitality. Choose the evening desert safari option to watch a magnificent sunset from the desert and sample Arabic sweets and Bedouin coffee. A BBQ dinner and live entertainment are included with the evening tour, and you can even have your picture taken with a falcon. Whichever option you choose, benefit from a package specially timed for guests arriving on one of the following cruise ships: • AIDAstella • Azamara Journey • Celebrity Constellation • Costa Fortuna • Costa neoRiviera • Crystal Esprit • NCL Norwegian Star • Oceana Nautica • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas • Seabourn Encore • Silversea Silver Cloud • Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises

Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

5. Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

Save time and money with an Explorer Pass and get up to 35% off admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5, or 7 top Dubai attractions, all for one low price. Pay nothing at the gate, and choose as you go to over 40 Dubai attractions, including a 1-day ticket for the hop-on and hop-off Dubai Big Bus tour. Enjoy a day of fun at the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm, cruise the Dubai Creek on a dhow boat while feasting on a delicious dinner, and more. Get your pass instantly delivered by email to print out, or you can use it directly from your phone for your convenience. Take time to see all your chosen attractions. You will have up to 60 days to explore from the first redemption. Included attractions with the Dubai Explorer Pass are: Tours and Cruises • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour: 1-Day Ticket • Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Marina • Dhow Dinner Cruise Dubai Creek • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Abu Dhabi Yas Island • Sunset Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina • Dhow Abu Dhabi Yas Island Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Creek Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Marina Sightseeing cruise • Speed Boat Sightseeing Tour • Palm Jumeirah Kayak Tour • Hour explorer Tour 60-Min • Sunset Sensation Tour 90-Min • Dubai Opera Tour Theme Parks and Rides • Ain Dubai - Observation Wheel (re-opening May 2nd) • Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm • Motiongate™ Dubai • Legoland® Dubai • BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai • Ski Dubai - Snow Classic • IMG Worlds of Adventure • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • KidZania Abu Dhabi • iFly Dubai Indoor Skydiving • Ekart Zabeel • Legoland® Water Park Landmarks and Other Experiences • At the Top - Burj Khalifa• Qasr Al Watan • Arabian Culinary Experience at Al Hallab Restaurant • Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – Explorer Experience • 1001 Adventure tour ""4X4 Quad Bike"" in the desert • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi • Stand-up Paddle Lesson & Tour • Dubai Ice Rink Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Abu Dhabi: Overnight Desert Safari

6. Abu Dhabi: Overnight Desert Safari

Spend one day and night in the desert and experience the complete thrill! Take in the desert evening and get the real exposure to desert life. The campsite is attractively and artistically designed with Arabian concept and feel. Here you can enjoy the music along with tea and Arabic coffee. In addition, you can try sheesha in different flavors; it will make you feel calm and help you to relax. You can explore the camp at your own pace and cover yourself in traditional Arabic dresses and be photographed. The overnight desert safari is a fun experience that includes henna painting for ladies. International food with a Barbecue will whet your appetite. Once all the thrill calms down you sit together and chat with your beloved or your friends and enjoy the rhythm of the desert night. You go to sleep recalling the evening that you spent in the desert and prepare your mind to wake up in the morning to see the desert sun. After having breakfast and a glorifying sunrise experience you bid farewell to the desert adventures.

Abu Dhabi: City Tour and Desert Safari Package

7. Abu Dhabi: City Tour and Desert Safari Package

This package offers a special combination of a 4-hour morning guided city tour and a 6-hour evening desert safari experience. Begin your day exploring the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi and conclude it amongst the calming views of sand dunes in the desert. Take a break between activities in the comfort of your accommodation. The morning Abu Dhabi city tour begins with a 1-hour visit to the divine Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Marvel at the structure and the gold, marble, stone, and crystals used to design the mosque. See how as one of the largest mosques in the world, approximately 40,000 people can be accommodated at the same time. Afterward, visit the Heritage Village, a reconstructed Emirati village and get a glimpse into the traditional Bedouin way of life. Next, drive to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island. See the Yas Marina circuit that has hosted the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. Drive pass through the Corniche and admire the scenic beauty of the Arabian Sea. Take a brief photo stop at Abu Dhabi’s iconic Emirates Palace. Conclude your morning tour with a stroll through a dates market. In the afternoon get picked up for your even desert safari by a professional safari marshal in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Head out to explore the Arabian desert and experience the adrenaline as the sand sweeps around your vehicle and you cascade on the steep sand dunes. Visit a camel farm in the middle of the desert to meet and feed camels. Go to a Bedouin desert camp and enjoy a warm welcome with Arabic coffee and dates. Test your balancing skills in an exhilarating sandboarding experience or try out the other cultural activities available for you like camel riding, henna painting, shisha, or taking photos in Arabic costumes. Also, have the chance to take a picture with a falcon. Wind down while enjoying an entertaining Tanoura dance and a breathtaking belly dance performance under the gleaming desert sky. Indulge in a scrumptious barbecue dinner with unlimited soft drinks and shisha smoking. Once the adventures and activities are wrapped up, the lights of the camp will be doused. Sit back and gaze at the desert and the star-lit sky for a few peaceful moments before heading back to your accommodation.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Shared Abu Dhabi desert tours and safaris start at around €50 for a basic itinerary. Although food is typically provided, don't assume that it'll be authentically local. Customer reviews are worth checking for more info. Better menus and more varied itineraries can always be found for a higher price, but book online to take advantage of unique deals and discounts.

  • What's the weather like?

    Even in winter, Abu Dhabi temperatures regularly reach highs of around 77°F. In summer they top 100°F, so don't venture into the desert without protecting yourself from the sun. Also, bring water even if bottles are included on your tour. Nighttimes are a little cooler but although the temperature might drop to 50°F in January, the summer nights can still hit the 86°F mark.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,469 reviews

I was a bit hesitant whether to go for this safari or not, but it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Definitely a must if you are in Abu Dhabi and have an affection towards the desert! Our driver (Abdul Salem) was a real pro, he did his very best and made this 6 hours journey a lifetime memory. First we visited a camel farm where we had the chance to feed the animals, then we headed in to the desert. We soon realized why we needed the 4x4 cars - the dune bashing was really an adrenaline event - Abdul was driving in a way that we enjoyed each and every moment, however sometimes we did not really know how he made our way up or down the sand-hills…. We could try the sandboarding, which was also fun and then we made many many beautiful photos with the sunset - you can imagine how picturesque they are! Finally he took us to the camp where we had a very nice dinner, my daughter could enjoy the henna painting and there were dancers entertaining us - so definitely go for it!

This trip exceeded our expectations. Our driver, who was also our guide, helped in every way to give us a really enjoyable evening. The 4x4 drive through the dunes was exciting, the camel farm felt authentic and the food at the bbq was actually delicious. The entertainment was perfect too. I have to say we had been very sceptical beforehand- but the whole evening was excellent. Thank you !

It was an amazing experience. The guides were fun and knowledgeable and kept us engaged and filled with information the whole time.

The driver was super amazing, respectful, and professional. He made sure we feel great and enjoyed our time the most.

One of the most fun experience I did in my life! A must do if you stay in Abu Dhabi.