Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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clock-o5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Get a taste of Bedouin life and desert adventure on this 5.5-hour 4x4 trip from Abu Dhabi. With an expert guide, board a 4x4 and head deep into the dune-filled desert for an action-packed afternoon and evening Abu Dhabi desert safari. Take an exciting dune bash; visit a camel farm to ride one of the hardy desert animals; try sandboarding, watch a serene desert sunset, and perhaps get a henna tattoo. Finish with a delicious barbecue dinner and belly dancing show around a campfire at a starlit desert camp.
  • Abu Dhabi 4x4 desert safari
  • Ride a camel like the Bedouin
  • Feel the excitement of sandboarding down dunes
  • Get a henna tattoo painted on your hands or feet
  • Watch traditional belly dancing
  • Enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars
Leave your central Abu Dhabi hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned 4x4 and enjoy the views as you travel deep into the desert surrounding the city.
As you travel, hear intriguing facts about Abu Dhabi’s history and gain insight into the traditional desert culture still held dear in the UAE from your knowledgeable local guide.
After a while, pull up at a desert camel farm to discover more about these hardy animals, traditionally used as transport by the UAE’s original, semi-nomadic Bedouin peoples.
Snap photos of the camels and with instructions from your guide, take a camel ride across the sands. Enjoy the desert views from your perch and try your hand at other desert activities.
Hop on a sandboard to ‘surf’ down the dunes, enjoy a stint of dune bashing as your expert driver steers your 4x4 up and down the sandy slopes, and perhaps get an intricate henna tattoo painted on your hands or feet.
Continue deeper into the desert and stop to soak up a magical sunset, watching as the radiant sun sinks below the dunes.
Arrive at a torchlit desert camp and sit down to a mouth-watering Arabian barbecue dinner of dishes such as hummus (chickpea dip), kebabs and fresh green salads.
Absorb the enchanting setting and after dinner, enjoy a belly dancing show around the crackling campfire. If you wish, puff on a shisha (Arabic water pipe) under the stars to finish your Arabian-inspired evening.
Your experience ends with a hotel drop-off back in Abu Dhabi.
Please note: During the month of Ramadan (May 27, 2017 to June 26, 2017) this activity will not include Entertainment and alcohol will not be available.

Reviews

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S
, Dec 2017

Had a wonderful experience and met some great people. We were all picked up from our hotels and the driver was lovely. We went 4x4 driving in the desert which was amazing and something everyone should do while they are visiting Abu Dhabi. We got to pat camels and at the dinner we were able to have a quick ride. The dinner was a banquet which was great and the entertainment was also amazing.
I highly recommend this tour.

D
, Nov 2017

Great Afternoon/Night with great people, the dune bashing is good also the strange bloke with all the LEDs on is a laugh,

L
, Nov 2017

Loved the experience. I'd recommend cutting back on the amount of time allowed for belly dancers, buffet etc. I think we were ready to leave about an hour before the departure time.

G
, Oct 2017

FUE UNA GRAN EXPERIENCIA ESTAR EN EL DESIERTO Y LOS AUTOS SUBIENDO POR LA DUNAS. LUEGO LA CENA Y LA PINTURA CON HENNA. DE TODO LO QUE NOS OFRECIERON LO UNICO QUE FALTO FUE MONTAR EN CAMELLO. PERO DE VERDAD LO REPETIRIA

k
, May 2017

This was really fun for our whole family..... Our guide was excellent too so sorry can't remember his name! He picked us up at hotel, drove the dunes very fun! and made sure that our group made it to the camp in time to get good seats and be first in line for camel rides. He then whisked us out of there before the mad rush of SUVs exiting the camp/dinner area. The food was really good and there was plenty of it, beer and wine available for purchase and a nice area to relax and try some shisha. Overall very enjoyable.

A
, Feb 2017

The desert dune bashing was the best part of the program! We really enjoyed it, our driver was great. The other programs were also OK. The buffet dinner was fine and the bar with good selection of soft drinks and beer. The belly dancer was really professional. The camel ride was very short, just a short ride for some minutes.

h
, Feb 2017

Great fun.nice to go over the dunes and the traditional dancing was really good

R
, Jan 2017

Disappointed to see so much rubbish on way to camp, especially after seeing such clean cities. The dune-bashing was a lot of fun but I think should have been an option and not a compulsory event on way to camp. The event felt somewhat commercialised, with instructions but little information about the desert etc. Went to sandsurf but couldn't find a surfboard, went looking for one but no one around to ask so just walked up hill instead. Because still a lot of light from city, the stargazing was not a strong feature of the trip - it could have been a great opportunity to explain a little star navigation in the desert. Nice to have a cold drink on arrival and the meal was superb. My first camel ride although brief was a treat, as was meeting a falcon.

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, Jan 2017

Well I was very skeptical prior to the booking. There was not enough information available about the Tour operators online and I had to rely on Viator. However, it turned out to be a fantastic experience. All I had to do was after reaching Abu Dhabi, I had to call the tour operator and fix my pick up time. It was an amazing experience. Highly recommended.

g
, Jan 2017

What a ride!! Driver very professional feld completely safe with him driving thru the dunes.the food was very good! Belly dancing was excellent the girl was extremely talented was very impressed with her skills.camel ride was not what I expected less than 5 minutes walked in a very small circle on and off only 3 camels for hundreds of people.all the staff where excellent.the driver was the best!!


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