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Dubai Desert Experiences

Dubai Desert Experiences

As a nation made up of mostly desert, the United Arab Emirates has become a top destination for desert adventures, many available just outside of Dubai. All-terrain vehicles carry passengers out into the dunes for sand boarding, camel treks, picnics, balloon rides, and starlit barbecues without any other signs of human habitation in sight. See below for your options.

Sandboarding

You can experience the rolling dunes from a 4x4 vehicle as it takes you from the city into the desert and then strap on a board for the exhilaration of sandboarding, which is easier to master than snowboarding and a great family activity.

Sand Buggy and Quad Bike Rides

For an even greater adrenaline rush, hop on the saddle of a sand buggy or quad bike for a guided tour of the dunes. Out 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. This is the best way to see just how vast the Arabian Desert truly is.

Camel Rides

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.

Camping Out

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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Premium Desert Safari, Barbeque, 3 Shows, Camel Ride, Sandboard at Majlis Camp

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Premium Desert Safari, Barbeque, 3 Shows, Camel Ride, Sandboard at Majlis Camp

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Ideal for culture connoisseurs, this desert safari features a heart-pounding dune bashing session, a camel ride, live cultural performances including belly dancing, a photoshoot in Arabic costume, and a BBQ buffet dinner. From Dubai, visit an oasis and a camel farm in the Arabian Desert before watching a magical sunset. Learn about Arabian culture at a desert camp inspired by a Bedouin village, try your hand at sandboarding, and let local artists decorate your hands and feet with henna. Dinner, unlimited soft drinks, and hotel pickup and drop-off in central Dubai are included.
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  • 7 hours
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Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options

Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options

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Take a dune drive across the red sands outside Dubai while exploring the desert by 4WD vehicle. You’ll experience the thrill of dune bashing, sandboarding, and a camel ride. Upgrade your 4-Hour morning or afternoon adventure to a 7-hour and linger for a scenic sunset, with the addition of a barbecue dinner at a Bedouin-style desert camp. You’re treated like a VIP with belly dancing, henna, and other entertainment.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.00
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Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

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Venture through the desert by vintage Land Rover and enjoy Arabic entertainments and dinner on this full-day experience from Dubai. Board an open-top Land Rover with a driver, and watch for wildlife as you drive into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. See a falconry display and continue to a plush Bedouin-style camp within a royal residence. Here, experience traditional activities, including a camel ride and bread-making demonstration, and enjoy a delicious dinner, live music and dancing displays.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
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Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

Camel Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Heritage Activities from Dubai

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Enjoy a camel ride in Dubai and an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this desert adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take a camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
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Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner

Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner

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Discover the beauty and customs of the desert on this Dubai desert safari. Leave Dubai in a comfortable 4x4 with a guide, and enjoy an exciting mix of traditional and modern desert adventures. Ride a camel, surf a sandboard down the Dubai sand dunes, and relax at a desert campsite as the sun sets. Get a henna tattoo, watch a ‘tanoura’ folk dance, and top off your trip with a delicious barbecue dinner, including shawrma station, and exotic belly dancing show under the stars as you sit around the campfire.
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  • 6 hours
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$70.25
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast

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See the desert sunrise from the air on this hot air balloon ride in Dubai. Rise early, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the launch site, and glide over the billowing dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with your pilot. Watch falcons fly up to 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above Earth in a trained demonstration as the sun rises over the Hajar Mountains. Conclude with a gourmet breakfast back on the ground.
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  • 5 hours
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$372.33
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Morning Falconry & Nature Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai
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Morning Falconry & Nature Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

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Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle and other species on route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$157.00
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$157.00
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Desert 4x4 Safari: Free ATV ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner, Traditional Live Shows

Desert 4x4 Safari: Free ATV ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner, Traditional Live Shows

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Experience a desert safari on this excursion from Dubai. Venture to a desert camp and after Arabic coffee and dates, take off on a thrilling quad bike ride across the sands. Enjoy a camel ride, see some sand art, get a henna tattoo, and finish with a starlit barbecue dinner back at the camp. As you feast on delicious Arabic dishes, watch a sequinned belly dancing show and hypnotic ‘tanoura’ performance, with dancers spinning in time to traditional Emirati music.
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  • 6 hours
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$65.00
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2-Hour Quad Biking Tour From Dubai

2-Hour Quad Biking Tour From Dubai

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Zoom across the desert on four wheels on this exciting 2-hour quad bike experience from Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah. Venture into the desert by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, and hop aboard a rugged modern quad bike. Don a supplied helmet and gloves, rev your engine and then set off in convoy behind your guide. Rumble across the sands, roar over rolling dunes, and stop for photos of the beautiful desert on route. After your ride, relax and refuel in a cool Bedouin-style tent over fresh Arabic coffee, tea and dates.
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  • 4 hours
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$122.80
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