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

Activity provider: OceanAir Travels

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

Activity provider: OceanAir Travels
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Experience life in the desert on a 4WD safari from Abu Dhabi. Watch traditional dance shows, ride a camel and enjoy a barbecue buffet dinner.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from any hotel or apartment in Abu Dhabi, as well as the cruise port of Port Zayed.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Feel your heart pounding as your 4WD vehicle climbs up and down the sand dunes
  • Watch the sun set over the desert near Abu Dhabi
  • Try local customs like smoking a shisha pipe or getting a henna hand tattoo
  • Enjoy a lavish barbecue dinner including Arabian kebabs and Arabic salads
  • Feel like a Bedouin in a desert camp with low-lying tables and Arabic cushions
Full description

Join a small-group or private guided day trip from Abu Dhabi to the desert with hotel transfers included. Enjoy a dune bashing experience, watch the sunset from a Bedouin camp, take part in cultural activities, watch traditional performances, and savor a BBQ buffet dinner while watching the stars.

After pickup in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, 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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Cold mineral water in the vehicle during the transfer
  • English professional licensed driver
  • Dune bashing
  • Sandboarding activity
  • Welcome drinks
  • Henna painting
  • Short camel ride
  • Sunset photo stop
  • Shisha smoking
  • Traditional dance show
  • Unlimited water and soft drinks
  • Open-buffet BBQ dinner with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 3 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • It is recommended not to eat 2-3 hours before the safari trip to avoid any sickness during the dune bashing
    • Please note that if your skin is sensitive to henna, it is advised not to do it
    • Traditional dance shows will not be available during Ramadan or on any special Islamic days as per UAE law. Dates may vary as per the UAE law and season
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 2734 reviews

    Review summary

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    Good safari experience (good driver and roadmap) but for the sandboard, it can be improved (preparing a spot for it, having real sandboards..) and at the dinner, the guy opening the cans should learn how to answer gently to people when we talk to him.

    March 24, 2023

    Booked this tour as a group of 5 people so we had the car for ourselves. Our driver Biju was just great. He was on time for the pick up at our hotel and was extremely friendly and talkative all day. The tour startet off with a 50 min drive to the camel farm. After that came the Dune Bashing and it was simply amazing. Respect to Biju‘s driving skills. The way he controlled the car while also making the drive feel like a rollercoaster was just mesmerizing (seriously, do not eat before) after a stop for Sand Boarding we headed to the camp where we were able to ride camels for a couple of minutes. And here again top points for Biju as he helped us organize a quick quad trip (200 AED for 2 people on 1 quad). He always made sure that all of our group are okay and always gave directions, talked to us and answered every question. The camp consisted of a small souvenir shop, henna studio, hookah corner and a buffet later on. While dining there was belly dancing which finished w/ stargazing.

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    March 24, 2023

    Excellent. Wonderfull tour. Our driver and our guide Azeez was great, expirienced, very kind, and we had the most from this tour. Great dune bashing, camel ride, camel feeding, sand bording, great diner at camp and show.. we had everithing that was promised and more. He even took photos of us few times like profesional photografer and we have the most wonderful memories from desert safari. This was highlight from our Abu Dhabi trip. We would do it again. Highly recommended.

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    March 24, 2023

    Product ID: 387603