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Desert Trips from Abu Dhabi

By Viator, December 2015

4.5 96 Reviews | Add your review

The Rub’ al Kahli, or “Empty Quarter,” is Earth’s largest sand desert and nearly the size of Texas. Swallowing land from the U.A.E. to Saudia Arabia and Oman, it mostly exists as an empty void that few have ever crossed. Out on the desert’s fringes, however, Bedouin tribes have managed to survive amidst the harsh conditions, and many readily welcome visitors to share in the desert beauty. When visiting modern Abu Dhabi, leave the twinkling lights behind and head for the sandy void, where blue skies and shifting dunes stretch far as the eye can see. The sand out here is soft and fine, and holds a surprisingly subtle array of reds, yellows, and bronze. 

When dressing for an Abu Dhabi desert safari, it’s best to wear some closed toed shoes for walking out on the dunes, as well as bring a change of clothes should you end up covered in sand. After all, many desert trips offer guests the chance to sandboard on dunes, and even though the boards are wide and relatively stable, there’s always the chance a soft landing could leave you covered in sand. Depart from the city in afternoon and four-wheel across the dunes, reaching a point where profound silence is nature’s only sound. Watch the sunset while sipping tea in a pillow-lined Bedouin camp and sit and watch as stars burst through a clear, inky black sky. Throughout the trip, new adventures and unique experiences are found around every bend, from riding a camel, to Henna tattoos, to a belly dancer’s enchantment. Pass a water pipe around a campfire that dances into the night, and share in Bedouin hospitality that explorers and Arabian pioneers have written about since the first days that maps were drawn in the sand.

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Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari, Dinner, Camel Ride and Dunes, Abu Dhabi, null
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Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari, Dinner, Camel Ride and Dunes

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari Premium Among 5 things to do activities in Abu Dhabi Have an Abu Dhabi desert adventure and make your evening ...  Read more

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
4WD Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Dinner, and Belly Dancing Performance, Abu Dhabi, 4WD, ... 
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4WD Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Dinner, and Belly Dancing Performance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Take a 4x4 adventure across the sands on an afternoon and evening safari, where you’ll catch a spectacular desert sunset and enjoy dinner around a campfire. ...  Read more

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.37
Abu Dhabi Desert Morning Safari: 4x4 Dune Bash, Camel Ride and Sandboarding, Abu Dhabi, 4WD, ATV & ... 
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Abu Dhabi Desert Morning Safari: 4x4 Dune Bash, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy three exciting desert activities on a 4-hour morning safari from Abu Dhabi that's timed to beat the desert's fierce heat. Head through the desert to a ...  Read more

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

From USD $72.00
Overnight Bedouin Desert Camp Experience from Abu Dhabi Including Dune Bashing and BBQ Dinner, Abu ... 
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Overnight Bedouin Desert Camp Experience from Abu Dhabi Including Dune Bashing and BBQ Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a memorable desert sleepover and plenty of fun activities on this overnight experience from Abu Dhabi. Perfect for families, singles or for a private ...  Read more

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

From USD $96.00
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari and Bedouin Camp Half Day Trip, Abu Dhabi, Overnight Tours
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Abu Dhabi Desert Safari and Bedouin Camp Half Day Trip

Are you yearning to take your partner out for a romantic date but have run out of options? Are you wondering where to take your spouse for the perfect romantic ...  Read more

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $450.00
Bedouin Desert Camp Safari and Activities from Abu Dhabi Including Dune Bashing and BBQ Dinner, Abu ... 
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Bedouin Desert Camp Safari and Activities from Abu Dhabi Including Dune Bashing and BBQ Dinner

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Experience a host of exciting desert activities and a BBQ dinner on this 6-hour, Bedouin desert camp expedition from Abu Dhabi, including round-trip transport. ...  Read more

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00

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