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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.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

2. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

Depart Dubai and journey to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by modern air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on the 90-minute drive with your professional guide. On arrival, marvel at the 8th largest mosque in the world. Spread over 30 acres, the magnificent structure took more than a decade to build and now stands as a showcase for the United Arab Emirate’s Islamic cultural heritage. Roam around the site that can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at any one time. Marvel at priceless features, such as the huge Swarovski crystal chandeliers, floral mosaics, and artifacts of gold, silver, and marble. Be amazed by the gigantic carpet in the main prayer hall. Measuring 60,570 square feet and weighing 35 tons, the carpet was made in Iran and is the result of the toil of thousands of carpet weavers over 2 years. Take stunning memorable photos of the complex and its awe-inspiring architecture, and get a better appreciation of the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the UAE and the mastermind behind the mosque. Depart Abu Dhabi and journey back to Dubai for a drop-off at your hotel or designated location.

Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

3. Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Embark on an exciting morning desert safariin the desert surrounding Abu Dhabi. Ride over the vast dunes in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, glide down the dunes on a sandboard, and enjoy a relaxing camel ride with scenic views. Get ready for a desert safari starting with an early morning pickup at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes effortlessly. During the safari, there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for some photos in the desert. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars

4. Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars

Take part in an evening of adventure unlike any other on this 5-hour excursion to the desert of Abu Dhabi. Leave the city in the afternoon and head toward the desert to discover the true Abu Dhabi. Enjoy an exciting drive over the sand dunes, something akin to desert off-roading. Then you will visit a camel farm and watch the sunset from the dunes. Continue your journey toward a traditional Arabic camp, where you will have the opportunity to try a host of activities like henna painting and belly dancing. You may also try Shisha, the traditional Arabic smoking pipe, as well as sample the Arabic sweets and coffee significant to Bedouin culture. You will then be served a BBQ dinner under the starlit sky, with live Arabian entertainment to ensure it's a night to remember. Relax as you learn firsthand what Arabic hospitality means, with Arabic coffee and dates served as they have been for centuries, and continue to be served in Emirati homes today.

Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Belly & Tannura Dance

5. Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Belly & Tannura Dance

Discover the true desert of Abu Dhabi. Feel the thrill with an exciting drive over the dunes, visit a camel farm and take to the dunes on a sandboard. Watch the spectacular sunset from the dunes as the afternoon turns. Your journey will continue until you reach the traditional Arabic camp, where you enjoy a unique evening of activities and entertainment. Have the opportunity to try various activities like henna painting, belly dancing, and shisha. Watch the sunset and feast on a BBQ dinner served under the starlit sky. Enjoy live entertainment in the form of belly dancing to ensure you have a night to remember. Experience traditional Arabic hospitality, with Arabic coffee and dates, served as they have been for centuries.

Abu Dhabi: Overnight Desert Safari

6. Abu Dhabi: Overnight Desert Safari

Spend one day and night in the desert and experience the complete thrill! Take in the desert evening and get the real exposure to desert life. The campsite is attractively and artistically designed with Arabian concept and feel. Here you can enjoy the music along with tea and Arabic coffee. In addition, you can try sheesha in different flavors; it will make you feel calm and help you to relax. You can explore the camp at your own pace and cover yourself in traditional Arabic dresses and be photographed. The overnight desert safari is a fun experience that includes henna painting for ladies. International food with a Barbecue will whet your appetite. Once all the thrill calms down you sit together and chat with your beloved or your friends and enjoy the rhythm of the desert night. You go to sleep recalling the evening that you spent in the desert and prepare your mind to wake up in the morning to see the desert sun. After having breakfast and a glorifying sunrise experience you bid farewell to the desert adventures.

Abu Dhabi: City Tour and Desert Safari Package

7. Abu Dhabi: City Tour and Desert Safari Package

This package offers a special combination of a morning-guided city tour and an evening desert safari experience. Begin your day exploring the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi and conclude it amongst the calming views of desert sand dunes. Relax between activities in the comfort of your accommodation. The morning Abu Dhabi city tour begins with a visit to the divine Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Marvel at the structure and the gold, marble, stone, and crystals used to design the mosque. See how as one of the largest mosques in the world, approximately 40,000 people can be accommodated at the same time. Afterward, visit the Heritage Village, a reconstructed Emirati village, and get a glimpse into the traditional Bedouin way of life. Next, drive to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island. See the Yas Marina circuit that has hosted the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. Drive past the Corniche and admire the scenic beauty of the Arabian Sea. Take a brief photo stop at Abu Dhabi’s iconic Emirates Palace. Conclude your morning tour with a stroll through a dates market. In the afternoon get picked up for your evening desert safari in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Head out to explore the Arabian desert and feel your adrenaline rush as you cascade on the steep dunes and sand sweeps around the vehicle. Visit a camel farm in the middle of the desert to meet and feed camels. Go to a Bedouin desert camp and enjoy a warm welcome with Arabic coffee and dates. Test your balancing skills while sandboarding. Try out the other cultural activities like camel riding, henna painting, shisha, or taking photos in Arabic costumes. Have the chance to take a picture with a falcon. Wind down while enjoying an entertaining Tanoura dance and a breathtaking belly dance performance under the gleaming desert sky. Indulge in a scrumptious barbecue dinner with unlimited soft drinks and shisha smoking.  Once the adventures and activities are wrapped up, the lights of the camp will be doused. Sit back and gaze at the desert and the star-lit sky for a few peaceful moments before heading back to your accommodation.

Abu Dhabi: Professional Photoshoot at Sheikh Zayed Mosque

8. Abu Dhabi: Professional Photoshoot at Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Capture the best memories of your time in Abu Dhabi with a photoshoot at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. After meeting your professional photographer at the meeting point, head to the mosque, where the photographer will capture the best shots of your trip against the most splendid backdrop in the city. Inside the mosque, discover rich floral patterns and calligraphy. Outside, admire Sivec marbles made in Macedonia and Greece. You will also have the opportunity to have your photo taken in front of one of the world’s largest mosque domes. Have your photo taken with the backdrop of the world’s largest hand-woven carpet, or in front of the world's largest marble mosaic floral design. Alternatively, stand in front of the chandelier and glass panels made of Swarovski crystals for a glamorous photo. FInish the photoshoot by admiring the glory of the reflective pools surrounding the mosque. After the mosque visit, move to the Cinnabon Cafe for further refreshments. You will receive the photos from your tour via email the following day.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,277 reviews

I bought 1 day tour for city oversight morning and desert in afternoon with some discount, it's very excited and amazing city. Tour guide are very nice and takecare all of us including their preparation for activities, it is worth with our payment.

The tour was amazing and I learnt a lot. Haseeb was my guide and he was happy to answer any questions we had in the group as well as being an amazing photographer. Will definitely do this tour when I travel to Dubai again. Thank you

Dune bashing is also offered in Dubai. That is just a short taste - this IS the real thing. Skillful drivers, amazing experience. Highly recommended.

Fantastic trip. Really enjoyed the dune bashing and camels. Anish our tour guide was brilliant! He was a great photographer too!!

Driver Azeez was helpfull and very experienced. Organization was on a high level.