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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.

About this tour

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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
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.
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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    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 2368 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 was great, the host was fantastic, dune bashing was exciting, sandboarding was great fun, and the BBQ was tasty, the show was good, and the atmosphere and stillness of the desert at night were worth every cent. Guide gave us a ride to the airport at the end of the tour.

    July 20, 2022

    It's a great experience, but you have to be strong in the stomach for the safari. The guides are very good, but the feeling of going up and down the dunes is nice at first but then at least I got sick of my stomach. Sandboarding is beautiful. Seeing the sunset in the desert too, the very touristy but beautiful final show. Food is plentiful.

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    June 15, 2022

    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

    Product ID: 387603