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Dubai Desert Experiences

By Viator, January 2018

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 279 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 $163.50
Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Quad Ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner and Belly Dancing, Dubai, Dining ... 
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Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Quad Ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner and Belly Dancing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 384 Reviews

Venture into the desert and enjoy a quad bike ride, barbecue dinner and traditional Emirati entertainment on this 5-hour 4x4 safari from Dubai. As the sun ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities from Dubai, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & ... 
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Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 249 Reviews

Ride a camel through the desert and enjoy dinner at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this exciting 7-hour experience. Leave Dubai in an air-conditioned minivan and ...  Read more

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

From USD $163.50
Red Dune Bashing in Dubai Including Desert Camp Experience with BBQ Dinner, Dubai, Nature & Wildlife
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Red Dune Bashing in Dubai Including Desert Camp Experience with BBQ Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 241 Reviews

Enjoy an exciting dune bash and BBQ dinner under the stars on this 6.5-hours desert experience from Dubai. Travel into the rolling red dunes of the Lahbab ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.00
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding, Dinner, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding, Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1724 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 6-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, Watch a ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.87
Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration, Dubai, 4WD, ... 
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Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 145 Reviews

Glide up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Take to the morning skies as the sun starts to rise over the Hajar Mountains and ...  Read more

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

From USD $328.50
Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities and Vintage Land Rover Transport from ... 
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Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities and Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 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 $273.50
Dubai 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour, Dubai, Overnight Tours
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Dubai 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

This tour will allow you to experience the Arabian Desert on a Quad bike. Experience the thrill of driving quad bike over the sand dunes of Dubai. Read more

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

From USD $121.00
Desert Safari in Dubai with BBQ Dinner and Live Shows, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Desert Safari in Dubai with BBQ Dinner and Live Shows

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

Embark on a thrilling 7-hour desert adventure ride. Your safari includes dune bashing, a drive through camel farms, sunset photography, an Arabic welcome, ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4x4 Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding and Camel Farm, ... 
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Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4x4 Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding and Camel Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 77 Reviews

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

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