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

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

From US$ 114 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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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 for 30-40 minutes
  • Sandboarding activity
  • Welcome drinks
  • Henna painting for ladies
  • 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
  • Separate bathroom facilities for ladies and gents
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with back problems
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
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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 vomiting/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
  • Infants under 3 years old are not allowed in the car during the dune-bashing activity
  • Dune bashing is not allowed for pregnant women
  • Tour duration includes pickup, traveling, and drop-off time
  • Pickup will be within 45 minutes of your booked starting time
  • Separate bathroom facilities are available
  • Personal expenses and gratuities are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 2212 reviews

Review summary

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Our amazing guide Shafeel met us in the hotel precisely at the pre-agreed time and in 5 min we were already heading towards the desert on our private tour. He was very polite, helpful and his driving skills were impeccable. We were with a 3 y.o. kid buckled in a car seat (kindly provided by the company) and despite a crazy bashing through the dunes, he did not get sick and has fully enjoyed the whole day. The guide was a universal guy, driving, guiding through the experience, photographing with 2 different devices, negotiating out of protocol things with his colleagues, serving food and he even borrowed some money to pay for souvenirs and the ATV bike in the base camp :). For other travelers: please have some local cash with you, as the cards are obviously not the most common payment tool in the middle of the desert :)). The provided SUV, the car seat and some small other items could have been better, but this did not spoil the day. Overall, amazing experience for entry level tourists

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January 15, 2022

Really enjoyed it! Our guide Nadeer was helpful throughout the entire trip and understanding when the ups and downs if the dune bashing affected some of us more than we had hoped :) The village in the middle of the desert with the entertainment and food was the cherry on top.

February 12, 2020

It’s was convenient to have pickup and dropoff. All activities were fun, visiting the camel farm, the dune busting, the sand boarding, and the short camel ride. The evening entertainment and the food were also very good. The assigned driver was very friendly and helpfully during the trip. Overall, a great value for more than half a day of fun with family.

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February 7, 2020

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