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

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 available

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 2299 reviews

    Review summary

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    The pick up was on time. Good english of the staff. The car was clean, safe and with AC and good music. Safari on dunes was awesome, a lot of adrenaline (if you have car sick take some pills). at the sunset the light is perfect for pictures. You can feed and ride camels, go a few times on sand-boarding (prepare to eat a lot of sand) Desert camp has everything that you need - good food (vegan/vegetarian included), beverages (for alcohol you need to pay cash), shisha and henna, also a small souvenir shop. The belly dancing was also fun to watch.

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    May 16, 2022

    I love the desert safari ! Our guide was really nice , his driving is very safe and fun I just wish his talked more about what we was seeing . I m giving 4 stars cause this is one of the most e expensive tour , I suggest you to buy with another agency almost half price for the same tour , same barbecue , same dunes , cars , shows .

    May 10, 2022

    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!

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    May 6, 2022

    Product ID: 387603