Things to do in United Arab Emirates

Our most recommended things to do in United Arab Emirates

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

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

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.

Dubai: Red Dunes Desert Safari & Al Khayma Camp w/3Cuisines

2. Dubai: Red Dunes Desert Safari & Al Khayma Camp w/3Cuisines

Enjoy a day-to-evening journey across the Dubai Desert and feel the thrill of driving through red sand dunes. Visit a Bedouin desert camp, where you can partake in cultural activities and feast on a buffet with three cuisines, including Emirati, Moroccan, and Arabian, followed by a BBQ at sunset. Drive out of the city and head into the peaceful desert aboard a 4-wheel drive vehicle. When you arrive, enjoy a relaxing rest stop and go on an optional quad bike ride.  Next, sit back and strap in for a dune-bashing ride across the stunning red dunes of the Lehbab Desert. For an extra kick of adrenaline, get the chance to try out sandboarding. Continue to Al Khayma Camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee, sweets, and dates. Say hello to the camp’s resident camels and, if you’d like, go on a 10-minute camel ride across the sand. During your time at the camp, you can smoke Shisha, try Henna painting, and meet the resident falcon expert and his loyal bird.  Savor three distinct cuisines at the Al Khayma Buffet: Emirati, Moroccan, and Arabian, followed by a live BBQ at sunset. While you eat, be entertained by a traditional Bedouin show. Finish your dinner on a sweet note as you indulge in various local desserts. As a final treat, the camp will go dark, giving you the opportunity to take in the peaceful ambiance of a desert night before being returned to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Half-Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride & Quad Bike Option

3. Dubai: Half-Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride & Quad Bike Option

After pickup from your hotel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, head off with your local guide to the desert, just 45 minutes from Dubai. Upon reaching the Lahbab Desert, be welcomed into an air-conditioned tent with refreshments and time to relax. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try some optional quad biking and take a ride over the beautiful red dunes of the Dubai desert. Next, you will hit the desert for a dune bashing experience in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Feel your stomach leap as you ride up and down the tall red dunes. Marvel at how the vehicle tackles impossibly steep inclines and the uneven terrain of the sand.  After dune bashing, you will have a chance to try sandboarding or simply admire the scenery around you. Make sure you take plenty of photos of the scenic desert landscape.  Next, stop at the red dunes desert and enjoy a camel ride in the open desert. Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort as you enjoy soft drinks, water, and Arabic tea or coffee with dates before getting dropped back at your hotel in Dubai.

Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

4. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

Take the world’s fastest elevator as you ascend Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Holding the title as the world's tallest building, ride up to the 125th floor and check out the view from the observation deck balcony. The Burj Khalifa towers over Downtown Dubai at a staggering 2,723ft. Enjoy the aerial view of the surrounding emirate with 360-degree panoramas. Learn about the architecture and technology behind this Middle Eastern icon while seeing views of the city through one of the deck's telescopes. Purchase a souvenir photograph taken at the entrance of the 125th floor. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music playing on the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain, set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, from your viewpoint.

Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World General Admission Ticket

5. Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World General Admission Ticket

Get the thrill of your life at the world’s first Ferrari inspired theme park. Under the iconic red roof is fun for all ages. Guests will experience an exciting journey through 37 heart-stopping rides and attractions, that include the world’s fastest roller coaster, and the world’s highest roller coaster loop. From state-of-the-art simulators, to driving experiences and record-breaking roller coasters, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a perfect day out for the whole family. Take a seat as a Ferrari test driver, and explore the interactive child-friendly attractions. Between the adrenaline pumping rides and family-friendly shows, you get to go behind the scenes of the exclusive world of Ferrari, to feel the passion that went into making these modern-day masterpieces. No trip will be complete without experiencing authentic Italian flavors at one of the signature restaurants. Then shop for exclusive souvenirs from the world's largest Ferrari Store. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been voted the leading theme park in the Middle East by the World Travel Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

6. Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Avoid the crowds and treat yourself to a premium experience on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, including access to the outdoor terrace of the world's highest observation deck. Select the sunset option to enjoy the city as the sun sets over the skyline.  Ascend the 555-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, starting at the SKY Lounge. Watch as specially designed projections let you “fly” over city landmarks en route. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music that can be heard through the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain set on the Burj Khalifa Lake from your panoramic viewpoint. Descend to ground level, where a new exhibition allows you to relive the construction of the Burj Khalifa. Hear testimonials from the brains behind the building, from the interiors to the landscaping, architecture, and more.

Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

7. Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

Enjoy your time at the airport by spending it in the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Dubai International Airport. Treat yourself to delicious international cuisine including authentic Arabic and Asian dishes, and stay refreshed with a wide variety of beverages including alcohol. Take a load off in the spacious luxury lounge, located on Level 4, Concourse A, in Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport. The area offers comfortable seating and a delectable array of Arabic, Asian, and international cuisine freshly prepared in the site's kitchen. Sip on brewed tea and coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages from the well-stocked Aerobar. Connect to the free WiFi, enjoy dedicated smoking rooms, and refresh with a relaxing private shower. There is also a specially designed children's play area with sustainable wooden toys for younger travelers. Choose to have access to the Arrivals lounge and Their Patio, a co-working lounge at the airport. Enjoy a unique combination of two concepts, ‘work-from-anywhere’ and ‘shared workspace'. Use a wide range of healthy F&B offerings, a concierge service, meeting rooms, a conference room, a co-working space, printing, and photocopying services.

Dubai: Museum of the Future Admission Ticket

8. Dubai: Museum of the Future Admission Ticket

Experience a museum that tries to transform the world rather than tell a story of the past with this ticket to the Museum of the Future in Dubai. Visit this iconic building that is one of the world's most complex architectural structures.  Pass through this unique space which accommodates several immersive future environments that aim to position visitors in an empowering version of the future. Explore the future of space travel, climate change, health, wellness, and spirituality.  Learn about the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Discover the possibilities of concepts like human augmentation. See how education, smart cities, energy and transportation may be transformed in the future. 

Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

9. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

Discover the desert outside of Dubai on a guided dune bashing safari. Enjoy the opportunity to take part in a variety of optional activities including a quad bike ride, camel ride or dinner and entertainment with an extended tour option. You will be picked up from your hotel or selected location by your tour guide. Then, drive to the Dubai desert and after a short break, you can experience the thrilling dune bashing session with trained drivers. You can also try out sandboarding and snap some amazing photos of the rolling dunes. Proceed to the Al Khayma camp for the optional camel ride and included refreshments. The 7-hour tour participants will continue to enjoy some entertainment shows and have a delicious BBQ dinner at the camp. As the tour comes to an end you will be dropped back to your hotel/building.

Dubai: Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Level 124 or 125 Combo Ticket

10. Dubai: Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Level 124 or 125 Combo Ticket

Experience the magic of Dubai with a combined ticket to 2 of the city's most amazing attractions, and discover the Dubai Aquarium and the Burj Khalifa on the same day. From the depths of the ocean to the skies above upgrade your Burj Khalifa visit with an enchanting encounter with 485 aquatic species at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Start by traveling to the top of Dubai's most iconic monument with a pre-booked entrance ticket to the Burj Khalifa. Once you have selected your time slot, take the world’s fastest elevator to the observation floor on level 124 of the world’s tallest building. Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree panoramas across the city, desert, and Gulf. Learn more about the architecture and technology behind this unique skyscraper. Enter the world’s largest suspended aquarium. Admire thousands of aquatic animals from around the world, including rare species such as the King Crocodile and Sand Tiger Sharks. Discover three ecological zones: Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. 

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What people are saying about United Arab Emirates

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 232,003 reviews

All the experience was excellent!!! We had a great time in the dessert and in the camp!!! Ahsan was the best, very kind and helpful, he took care of us and always with smile. He made our trip the best memory!!! This experience worths every penny..!!

The dessert Safari was amazing. full of enjoyment. we had Hanif as our driver. We booked for the private tour for me and my wife. We both enjoyed the evening, with having Hanif as our driver.

I would like to leave a positive review for Adnan who took us on a tour around Dubai - Photography was amazing. Thankyou

Great experience! We love it! Mr guide/ driver is nice too.

All good apart from huge waiting for have 40’’ of fun