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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
English
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

Highlights
  • 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

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.

Includes
  • 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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    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 2516 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5

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    Everything described in the experience was great. Great guide, Biju, was polite and a fabulous driver and took loads of photos for us. Dune-bashing was such fun and lasted much longer than we thought - as did the sand-boarding. The camel ride was fun and then the floor show and BBQ also fabulous. We felt we got a lot for our money and would highly recommend this tour. Other tours may be a bit cheaper but my daughter went on one & she said it was rubbish.

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    November 18, 2022

    Really good experience on our trip to the desert. Our driver Anish made contact with us and picked us up at the specified time. Had an amazing day - dune bashing, sand boarding and he took amazing photos for us. Before heading to the camp for traditional Arabian food and dancing

    November 17, 2022

    Probably the exciting experience and the amazing mood overall were predominantly due to our driver - Shamal. Can't just go without sharing how incredibly entertaining he made our safari. Besides his fascinating skills on the sand bashing, he took the time to take pictures of us, talk to us during the journey, guided us through the whole tour. Kudos to you, Shamal! That is how you should handle tourist! Cheers from Bulgaria!

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    November 13, 2022

    Product ID: 387603