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Desert Experiences

By Viator, April 2014

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Once you’ve experienced the glitz and extravagance of Dubai, plan to spend at least a day in the Dubai Desert taking in this beautiful natural landscape. As a nation made up of mostly desert, the United Arab Emirates have become a top destination for desert adventures, many available just outside of Dubai.

By far the most popular desert experience near Dubai is sandboarding. On a Dubai 4x4 Sandboarding Safari, you’ll get to experience the rolling dunes of the Dubai Desert two ways. First, you’ll enjoy the scenery from a 4x4 vehicle as it takes you from the city into the desert. Next, you’ll strap on a board and experience the exhilaration of gliding down the dunes. Sandboarding is actually easier to master than snowboarding, so it’s a great family friendly activity for any age.

For an even greater adrenaline rush, hop on the saddle of a Sand buggy or Quad bike for a guided tour of the dunes. When you’re out in the desert on your own personal vehicle, you’ll have uninterrupted, 360-degree views of this otherworldly landscape. Another option is to see the desert from above in a hot air balloon. Only from this aerial perspective can you really see how fast the Arabian Desert truly is.

An equally exhilarating and more traditional activity is camel riding. These animals have been central to survival in the Arabian Desert throughout history, and you’ll learn why on a visit to a camel farm. Just getting up onto a camel is a thrill, and once you’re up, the experience of riding is completely different from a horse. You’ll feel like you’re gliding over the dunes.

If you’re interested in the culture of the nomadic tribes that once traveled these sands, spend an evening at a desert campsite, where you can watch the sun set over the dunes, wee a traditional Tanoura dance performance by the light of a campfire, feast on a barbecue dinner and swap stories over a shisha (a traditional Arabic water pipe).

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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 813 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 5-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, take a camel ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.05

4x4 Dubai Desert Safari from Abu Dhabi with Camel Ride, Dinner and Belly Dancing Performance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Take a 4x4 adventure across the sands on an afternoon and evening safari from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, where you’ll catch a spectacular desert sunset and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $129.98

Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 88 Reviews

See the highlights of Dubai and its surrounding desert on this Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days! Enjoy a city sightseeing tour by ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $109.33

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Revservation! After traveling from your central Dubai hotel to Margham by minibus, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $276.41

Private Tour: 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari from Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Spend a day in the desert with a private guide, and enjoy a camel ride and sandboarding session as well as a BBQ dinner and show under the stars! After leaving ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.97

Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00

Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities and Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Eat and sleep under the starry desert sky at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this overnight experience from Dubai! After traveling through Dubai Desert Conservation ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.00

Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This interactive wildlife experience introduces you to the vast Arabian Desert, Dubai’s native animals and the UAE’s ancient tradition of falconry. Learn ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00

Luxury Dinner in the Desert Experience from Dubai

Romance the night away with a torch-lit Al A Carte dinner in the desert! After traveling through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by luxury Mercedes-Benz ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $308.75

Private 4x4 Adventurer Safari including Sandboarding

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

If its an Arabian desert adventure you want, this is the safari for you! Try your hand at sandboarding down the desert sand dunes. On this private tour the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.10

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