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Desert Experiences

By Viator, June 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 898 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 $76.82
$85.36 Save $8.54

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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 121 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
$109.46 Save $0.13

Private Tour: 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari from Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 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 28 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

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 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

Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4x4 Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding and Camel Farm

Experience four thrilling desert experiences on an exciting 4-hour morning tour from Dubai! After heading into the desert bright and early in a comfortable 4x4 ...  Read more

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

From USD $110.00

Dubai Desert Hummer Adventure with BBQ Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Embark on an exciting off-road excursion through the Arabian Desert on this Hummer safari in Dubai. Cruise through desert sand dunes aboard a H2 Hummer with ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.00

Dubai 4x4 Sandboarding Safari

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Travel across the desert by 4WD to go sandboarding on Dubai's sand dunes. No trip to Dubai is complete without at least one exciting slide down a sand dune!

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

From USD $54.24
$60.27 Save $6.03

Dubai Combo: Helicopter Flight and Desert Camp Experience by 4x4

Combine two must-do Dubai experiences on an exciting combo tour, spread over two days! After a 15-minute helicopter tour, taking in aerial views of Burj ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $300.00

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