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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  • 4 to 7 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Get an adrenaline rush while dune bashing in Lahbab desert for 30-40 minutes
  • Enjoy camel rides, sandboarding, and photo ops from the highest desert dunes
  • Treat your eyes with live entertainment showcasing Tanura & Belly Dance
  • Savor delicious BBQ and local cuisine buffet (veg & non-veg)
  • Choose from 4-hour or longer 7-hour all-inclusive tour

What's Included

  • Pick-up and drop off from your selected hotel
  • Licensed English-speaking safari guide with in 4x4 vehicle
  • Cold bottled water in vehicle
  • Dune bashing 30-45 minutes
  • Sand-boarding in the desert
  • Short camel rides
  • Sunset photo stop in the desert
  • Welcome greet at camp with Qawha (Arabic coffee), dates & Lugamat (traditional sweet)
  • All desert camp activities including BBQ buffet dinner, Shisha pipe, Tanura & Belly Dance show, henna painting, camel rides and unlimited soft drinks – (with the 7-hour tour option)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at the desert camp)
  • Quad bikes

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Pickup from any hotel or location within Dubai city Port Rashid (cruise terminal) is included in the tour. Pickup from Jabel Ali, Dubai Investments Park, Sharjah, Ajman will be available on request for an additional cost based on your location. Guests must be ready for pickup 45 minutes before tour start time.

What To Expect

Choose from 4-hour program that includes dune bashing, sandboarding and camel ride or the full 7-hour program with the addition of a BBQ dinner and enjoy many other activities at a VIP Bedouin-style camp'.

Start your experience with pickup in a safari-style 4WD vehicle from your central Dubai hotel and zoom into the remote Lahbab desert that lies outside the city.

During the drive, your guide answers any questions and shares information about the region. Head off road into bright red dunes and have your camera ready to capture what looks like giant beanbags of sand. During a break to gather the convoy, make use of optional quad bikes on-site. Then hold tight as you cruise toward the highest slopes. Feel the adrenaline race as your 4x4 plows up the dunes before sliding and slipping back down the slopes, churning up billowing clouds of sand in the process. 

Reach a high desert dune for a photo stop and admire 360-degree views of the desert landscape as the sun slowly sets (afternoon tour). Take a camel ride and surf the dunes on a sandboard before you continue on to a Bedouin-style camp hidden in the middle of the desert (if upgrade selected).

The 4-hour tour ends here and you are returned to your Dubai hotel.

For those who have chosen a 7-hour tour, proceed to a torchlit camp, settle inside a cushion-strewn tent, and savor some fresh Arabian coffee and dates. Your safari guide will brief you about the various activities available: smoke a shisha (water pipe), decorate your hands with henna designs, and take pictures in traditional Arabic clothes.

As dusk falls, dig into a scrumptious barbecue dinner of dishes such as kebabs, hummus, and salads accompanied by sodas and mineral water, and additional drinks (own expense) from the bar. While you eat, enjoy a colorful belly dancing show and tanoura performance, where fast-spinning dancers whirl across the stage. If you wish, click snaps with Arabian falcons at the camp.

Finally, return to Dubai by 4x4, where your experience concludes with a hotel drop-off.


You will be picked-up by our friendly tour guide from your hotel.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Drive to Lahbab Desert

We will proceed with our journey to Lahbab desert – the most remote desert place in Dubai – which will take 45-50 minutes’ drive to reach there. Feel free to ask questions to your expert guide about the history and culture of Dubai, its cuisine, important monuments, and so much more.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All vehicles are fully insured and equipped with safety features, such as roll bars, seat belts, government tracker, GPS, GMS and a first aid box.
  • The tour is not suitable for pregnant women and people with heart, neck, or back problem.
  • The program is subject to change due to religious seasons or other circumstances, which may prevent certain activities from taking place.
  • The camp features designated areas for Shisha smoking. Additional charge will apply if Shisha is required at the tables.
  • Falcons may not be available at the camp during hotter months (mainly in July & August).
  • Tour duration includes pickup and travel time.
  • Children under 3 years of age are not allowed on the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Quad biking segment is solely the participant’s responsibility. Guests are recommended to take precautions when driving as any damage, injuries sustained, or items lost during quad biking are not covered by insurance.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Not worth it for the camel nor for the people.
When you get to the main camp the camel riding, henna and falconry are optional.
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Georgia_A, Mar 2023
Everything was amazing faisal was very nice tour guide we had an amazing time! Everyone who is coming to dubai have to try this experience
So much fun!
Dorothy_K, Mar 2023
Mithu was an excellent guide. We had so much fun. The camel ride and ATV are must do experiences. I highly recommend.
Wonderful experience!
Fernando_P, Mar 2023
Ayub was very good! The experience was short because we didn’t have much time. Don’t get scalped by everything they want to sell you. We will take the afternoon/longer one next time.
Incredible Memory
Shankar_V, Mar 2023
It was amazing experience with dream journey. The Nissan patrol was very comfortable and Mr Zaffar was very helpful and gave lot of information. 4 seater family Buggy was the best ride on the sand dunes. Red dune Safari was crazy experience with up n down on big dunes and sand tricks by the driver. Camel ride was Superb. Dinner and Fire show, Belly dancing Carpet Dance was Incredible. Overall 10/10 experience and highly recommended.
The best tour in the world
Maria_H, Mar 2023
The dune ride if was fabulous, the driver was very friendly, courteous and very professional . I love the barbecue the belly dancing
m6gcp6qwk9, Mar 2023
Driver was very friendly, respectful and well behaved. Made us enjoy the trip. Looking forward to another trip with you
Nice trip
ramanand_s, Mar 2023
Mr Noor was excellent. Sand dune bashing was excellent. However there was confusion on 4 Hour and 7 hour trip. I wanted a 7 hour trip and thought have booked one. But because of confusion ended up Booking 4 hour slot and thought to have paid more. There should be clear demarcation of 4 hour and 7 hour Booking
Riders of the sand
Hugo_M, Mar 2023
Riding the dunes and taking photos was amazing! Our guide Najeeb was very good at both driving and taking photos 👍🏼
This was an excellent...
Hanna_J, Mar 2023
This was an excellent experience. I did liked Dune desert safari, camel ride, and our excellent driver Abbas.
Great short desert adventure
It was a four hour round trip pack with lots of fun. Perfect for those who are short on time but want a desert experience! Mithu was a great driver! We had lots of fun! The 4x4 meant it was the 4 of us plus 2 others. So it’s a relatively small group and we got to know each other too!
We picked up on time and...
Hazar_H, Mar 2023
We picked up on time and we had a great time with noorzali,he provides us good service. Thanks for everything
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing time thank you!!!!
Maxine_S, Mar 2023
Fabulous experience from start to finish…. great driver great food recommend and do it again any day thank you!!!!
We had a great time,...
Hare_H, Mar 2023
We had a great time, great service. Thank you for trip and Noorzali!. Good pictures and memories. Recommended to everyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The experience is...
Prashant_K, Mar 2023
The experience is wonderful but our guide was not very personable and was too busy talking on the phone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Birthday celebration
Tawanda_C, Mar 2023
We could not come to Dubai and not experience this excursion. We are so glad we not only booked through Viator but we got Abbas as our professional driver. He was upbeat, friendly, professional and took good care of us. Oh I have to add he’s a jokester too! We enjoyed our experience and if we ever come back will book again and ask for Abbas!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Love ito
KaiChuan_L, Mar 2023
Great guide. Very skillful in driving and had a good laugh with him. It is perfect for a quick trip to the desert
Escaping from business meetings to the dessert in no-time
Kanella_Z, Mar 2023
Great fun - definitely worth it if you have a few spare hours to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai downtown. Our driver was great. Very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating. He is also and excellent 4X4 driver on sand dunes.
Fantastic dune bashing ride!
Azie_A, Mar 2023
Dune bashing was definitely the highlight of my short Dubai trip. Thank you to our tour guide Najeeb who delivered adrenaline-pumping drifts with just the right music that we can’t get enough! Wonderful tour although I wish the camel ride was longer. Def recommend!
BentHolger_L, Mar 2023
Memorable and exciting outing for the desert with quadbikes, 4x4 dunebashing, camelrides (twice), sandboarding and also henna, entertainment and dinner in "beduin camp" (maybe not THAT authentic). Pick-up and drop-off on time, all in comfortable vehicle for six persons (three couples). Our driver and guide, Rahman, was just great. Knowing, entertaing, helpfull all the way. All in all great value for money and highly recommendable. Tanja & Holger, Denmark.
a memorable experience
Sami_N, Mar 2023
Everything was on time and exact pick up time was informed with whatsApp. Camel Riding with photo stop was nice memory. Quad Bike Rides was nice but for extra charge. Sandboarding was nice and we get nice pictures of that. Dune-bashing with 4WD vehicle was exciting a memorable experience After dune-bashing they offered compressed air cleaning of the skin. This can be very dangerous and cause air embolism (entry of compressed air into the bloodstream). Please stop that immediately.


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