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Unfortunately our pre booked trip starting at a civilized 9 am was changed to 8.15am the day before, so OK, was expecting just us 4 in vehicle but another couple was already in the vehicle when we picked up, no real problem.
Trip out and onto dunes was good, thought driver was going to blow up engine :-) but guess that's part of it, sand boarding was fun everyone had as much time as they wanted. Overall the trip lasted just over the 3 hours, which to be honest was enough. Would recommend as overall was a good experience.
Pick on time - very friendly guide/driver - very safe.
We were just the 2 of us so it was amazing. First time sandboarding also well explained and good equipment
Well organised trip. It was good fun and well organised. Good value for money and the guide was helpful and friendly.
It was just myself and the guide which was awkward at first but ended up being fine, he was nice, made conversation, made sure I had a drink or anything else that I needed. I had a great time sandboarding and 4x4 drive through the dunes, got some great photos. Would recommend to others.
The tour was good. The sand boarding experience was fun ! The tour guide was very friendly , the only drawback is climbing back the dunes , it is very tiring ! Other than that it s a fun thing to do while you're in Dubai !
It was cool being in the desert instead of a snowed mountain, changing the cold for an extreme sun. Know the differences between both sports. Having good takings. Only one bad point: climb back up the dunes everytime
Richard Mark D
Fun trip. Punctual pick up and drop off. 4 X 4 dune bashing great, very skilled driver and quite breathtaking at times - just ask my wife! Don't expect too much from the sandboarding or camel ride though. The dunes are only small, but high enough to walk up a few times in 32 degrees, and the boards are knackered - but worth a try.
Arun Kumar M
It was an amazing trip. Funfilled, adventurous and a very memorable one. Very exciting and a must do activity in Dubai.
Was okay the actual experience was only about 20 mins not that great may be worth paying a bit more and doing another excursion
It certainly is worth doing and good fun coming down however it's not for those of an unfit nature walking back up a steep sand dune is not easy. Our guide was good at insuring we remained hydrated by offering us water every time we made it back up to the top, but even so we needed a good few minutes to get our breath once up. A couple of tips: you don't need to buy any head scarves or any other souvenir paraphernalia from the shop you first start at, however I would recommend long socks or strong boots. The reason being that the board uses typical snowboard bindings designed for a boot and as such won't do up tightly on anything else. The net result being if when you fall over the back of the binding scraps the back of your leg as it's not fixed securely.
It was so much fun, but the guide was a bit disappointed. He just threw our boards in the sand and said "go down this hill". No instructions whatsoever. We had fun anyways.
The boarding is fun and the guide was also very good. However, the walk back up is very tiering and therefore need very good physical staminor to last 3hrs.
This activity needs to be combined with another to make it worthwhile. We managed 1hr and then decided to leave.
very great experience, we hat a lot of fun; nice and friendly tourguide, unfortunately the tour only took 3 hours instead of 4 hours.
This trip is worth doing, if more for the younger, fitter amongst us!
The jeep dune rude was good but short and the sandboarding was great going down but hard work on the way back up!
Driver was friendly, helpful and informative even though he did turn up half an hour earlier than planned.
This morning-trip consists of a short stay in the part of the desert, which is near by the main highway. This part of the dessert is great, but it is not the kind of untouched desert I have expected. The Sandboarding part was really worth trying.
Driver/guide was a bit vague as to how long we had to sandboard and we felt we didn't have very long due to mis-communication over last run.Our whole trip lasted about 21/2 hours as opposed to 4hrs advertised. Where we sandboarded was a bit grotty with litter strewn everywhere!
Driver was very good. Because we stayed at the Atlantis we got almost a city tour to pick up another passenger. Driver was very knowledgeable. However the sand-boarding is very exhausting. Climbing back up the dunes is very hard. You need to be fit. Driving through dunes is great experience.
The dunes where they bring you are located beside a small shop where they basically harass you into buying souvenirs and rip you off by charging 3-5 times what you would pay in the malls in Dubai. BE WARNED . DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THESE CON ARTISTS. YOU WILL BE SCAMED. The drive on the sand dunes was great fun. The sand was too hot this time of year for climbing up the dunes after sliding down. I was on my own so maybe this is why the whole trip from my hotel there and back including the activity was only 2hr 15 mins and not the 4 hrs it was described as.
The view was amazing but ..... the sandboards were snowboards!!! You can't use a wax bottom board on the sand. YOU DON'T MOVE Bottom line the boards need to have either a plastic,wood or metal bottom to them in order to slide. I thought these existed and these where what we were going use but no. Other the the fact you shimmy yourself down the Dune. Guide was very nice. SUV was very nice and the drive didn't take too long. left by 830 and was back by 1130
The service provider was good. Private driver arrived on time, comfortable drive to the desert, cold drinks in the car. However the experience of sandboarding I would not recommend. For someone who snowboards and kite surfs this was a real let down. One can only glide straight down a sand dune very very slowly! The sand dune being very small made the descent very short and having to climb back up the sand dune in the desert sun did not help the situation. For those who have tried any gliding activity I would recommend avoiding this one.
Not value for money. We were picked up from hotel at 7.30am, drove for 90mins to the dessert where the driver spent 5mins driving around the sand dunes. Sand-boarding great but so tiring walking back up the dune in 35c heat only did it 3 times. Spent another 90mins driving back to hotel for 11am
Pick up car was good but the experience was VERY disappointing. Just drove to behind Their office to a very small dune next to a major road. Thought this was just for practice but told we were not going anywhere else. Dont know how they could make us stay 2 hours in the one dull spot! We had enough 30 mins!