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Explore Dubai's vast Arabian desert while visiting Dubai port. Set out with an experienced guide on a private safari-style adventure, traversing undulating sand hills in a 4x4 vehicle, riding camels across the sparse terrain, and testing your ability to balance on a board while literally surfing down dunes. Afterward, enjoy a barbecue dinner and a belly dancing performance in a desert village, smoke a shisha pipe and return from your shore excursion with a temporary henna tattoo. 


  • Private Dubai desert shore excursion with an expert local driver/guide
  • Feel the excitement on a 4x4 drive through the Dubai desert
  • Enjoy a camel ride and try sandboarding down the desert dunes
  • Visit a desert campsite and get a henna tattoo while watching a tanoura show
  • Feast on a barbeque dinner and enjoy a belly-dancing performance
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Dubai Shore Excursion: Private 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari

See camels on a traditional camel farm in the desert!

Meet your guide outside the cruise terminal in the Port of Dubai, and then travel toward the Dubai desert in your air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Relax as your private driver/guide chats about Dubai and its surroundings, and take in views of the desert scenery that abounds.

Your first stop is a traditional camel farm to learn how these magnificent creatures are able to survive in the harsh desert landscape. Back in your 4x4, continue traveling across the Dubai desert and travel to the campsite.

Once you reach the desert campsite, hop on board a camel for a short ride across the desert. Next get ready for your adrenaline-rushing experience: sandboarding! Show off your balancing skills while mastering the art of surfing on sand, and race other people in your group down the dunes.

Relax in the campsite as dusk falls, and then start your evening’s entertainment! Get a henna tattoo on your hands or feet, if you wish, and then watch a traditional folk dance performance called tanoura. Feast on a delicious barbecue dinner with soft drinks as the sun sets over the Dubai desert, and then enjoy your evening’s grand finale – a live belly-dancing performance around the campfire. Sit back and enjoy the show while smoking a shisha (Arabic water pipe), if you wish, and then travel back to the Port of Dubai.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Dubai for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Stephen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very good.

Kathleen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a ball dune bashing!! There was really too much down time at the camp before dinner and the show. It would have been nice to have a few more vendors with a variety of items. Overall, we had a great time and would recommend it to others.

Beryl E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great Fun !
Good personal service. Our driver was very good and the whole experience was just great.Would definitely recommend

Shawna S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We had a blast! Our driver was the best. I would highly recommend this tour, as the scenery and entertainment were great. Would do it again.

Annalie F d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Very good!

Sandra G Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Excellent. Our driver was brilliant, fun and entertaining. Made the trip very professional and would definitely recommend.

Joanne F United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

It was a fab trip. A must do if you are visiting Dubai. Very good value for money, very well organised.

Nitin A United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Great tour, we had a fantanstic time. Driver was very helpful and great service was provided at the campsite. There were just the right number of people at the camp plenty of space for everyone. Food and music was good too.

Enrica C Australia

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

Very personalised and the staff were punctual, friendly and organised. Highly recommend.

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