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.

About this tour

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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

The Original experience

  • 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
  • Go for a short camel ride to witness the beauty of the desert at dusk
Full description
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.
  • 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
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 from April 12 to May 11 2021, or on any special Islamic days as per UAE law. Dates may vary as per the UAE law and season
    • Tour duration includes pickup, traveling, and drop-off time
    • Pickup will be within 45 minutes of your booked starting time
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 2396 reviews

    Review summary

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    Starting from a timely pickup by our professional and friendly guide, Anish, who informed us of what lay ahead. His driving skills over the sand dunes are of absolute skill and we were in awe! The sand boarding was something completely new and had us smiling from ear to ear. The camp was lovely. The lady doing Henna is so creatively talented in her art, we felt special each receiving a unique design. Compliments to the chefs, the Arabic food was delicious! The dancers were a sight to see and truly gave us a cultural sense. We met new people and truly appreciated the moment to stop and look up at the stars.

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    September 29, 2022

    This was such a fun outing, and completely met my expectations. Sanu was our driver/guide, and he really made the experience fun. He is skilled at driving the dunes, and made us feel safe, while giving us a memorable experience. Later at the camp, it was entertaining to sit back and watch the dancers and enjoy dinner. I highly recommend booking this tour if you have time to spare. It’s touristy, yes, but big fun and worthwhile.

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    September 25, 2022

    I booked the evening tour on 22nd of september 2022. The driver was fantastic, although the adrenaline was very high, we felt safe. He was very helpful, indicating how to sandboarding, took picture of us anytime we wanted, even when we were riding the camel. In the camp the food was delicios, a variety of arabic food, we had time to enjoy the shisha pipe, the arabic coffe with cardamon and dates. You could dressed up in arabics dress and take pictures and gen a painting. All include în the tour. I do recommend this tour!

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    September 23, 2022

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