Experience a desert safari on this excursion from Dubai. Traveling by comfortable 4x4, 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.
Desert safari with BBQ dinner and quad ride from Dubai
Ride a 4x4 over the dunes as the sun sinks over the desert
Arrive at a Bedouin-style camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates
Ride a quad bike over the sands and enjoy a camel ride
Feast on a delicious BBQ dinner under the stars as you watch exotic belly dancers
Watch a tanoura folk dance, with whirling dervish-style dancers spinning before you
Admire traditional sand art, watch henna artists at work and get a henna tattoo if you wish
After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, relax into your air-conditioned 4x4 and journey into the desert. On route, chat to your guide, who acts as your driver, and hear fascinating stories about Dubai and the desert around you.
Go off road and head into an area of dunes for an exciting dune bash. Hold tight as your 4x4 ploughs up the sandy slopes before skidding and sliding back down.
Continue to a beautiful, Bedouin-style desert camp nestled in the heart of the dunes. Hop out of your 4x4 into the torchlit grounds and enjoy a revitalizing Arabic coffee and fresh dates. If you wish, try an aromatic shisha (Arabic water pipe) along with your coffee.
Duly refreshed, take off on a quad bike ride. Listen to a safety briefing and instructions, pull on a provided helmet, and zip and zoom around the camp and desert terrain.
Visit a camel farm and enjoy a short ride on one of these hardy desert animals. Afterward, admire some examples of delicate sand art, and if you wish, get a henna tattoo etched onto your hands or feet.
As darkness falls, return to the camp for a delectable barbecue dinner. Menus may vary, but typical dishes include shawarma (spit-roast meat wraps), Arabic salads and kebabs teamed with complimentary sodas and additional drinks (own expense) from the bar.
During your meal, enjoy a glittering belly dance show and watch ‘tanoura’ dancers spin, whirling dervish-style, across the floor, in time to rhythmic Arabian music.
Finally, return to Dubai by 4x4 and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Sep 2019
Our driver chocolate khan was amazing , friendly,knowledgeable, courteous
As he promised he completed the tour.
This was an excellent first thing to do on my first time in Dubai. This is such a good value it is almost hard to believe. They picked me up at my hotel at 3:30 and returned me just before 10:00. The venture included driving out to the desert dunes, racing through the sand moguls, meeting up with others and putting on Arabian head dress. They stopped and took plenty of photos for those traveling alone like me. Headed back to camp for 4x4 rides around the sand track, then the camel ride, then the evening BBQ complete with entertainment and other vendors. Quite the full evening, very authentic cultural experience! I highly recommend this!
Everything is awesome! Driver is knowledgeable and friendly. From the moment we hop into the car, he explains all the attractions and things about Dubai. Journey was smooth and fun! Definitely recommend them!
This is my second time doing a dessert tour but this one was my favourite! I loved the staff’s friendlyness and everything about the day was perfect. I loved the food too. The only con I have is that once the booking is confirmed they should give us a number for the driver as we found it hard to contact them for meet up time
Chocolate Kahn made this such an enjoyable trip to the desert with his banter and humour. Once out at the desert there was so much to do and entertainment was outstanding as was the dinner....highly recommend
The desert safari was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It was a perfect trip led by an amazing guide Mohammad who made the safari even more enjoyable and informative. The seven hours we spent at the safari seemed the perfect amount of time. From the sand bashing to camel ride to ATV ride to Dinner and Shows - all was very well done and very enjoyable for the entire family. We have two teenagers who thoroughly enjoyed the safari and called this the highlight of their visit to Dubai. We can't say enough good things about our driver/guide, Mohammad, who ensured that the trip was informative as well as fun. Overall, a 5 star trip which we would recommend to anyone visiting Dubai. Remember to ask for Mohammad as your driver.
Mohamed was our tour guide and he was SO NICE and FRIENDLY. He was very knowledgeable about the culture. The entire excursion was GREAT from start to finish and the food was AMAZING! I highly recommend this excursion by SandTrax!
I loved every moment of this trip. Our operator chocolate khan as he liked to be called was so accommodating and knowledgeable about the history of Dubai and the Sahara. The team as a whole are running things smoothly and you get enough time to complete all the activities
. I wanted another ride on the camel which I was able to do once everyone else had had their first go of course. Good food, entertainment and company. Definitely recommend!