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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

From $50.37

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


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

Departure & Return

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Please Note

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.

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
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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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.
2,678 reviews
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Lots of fun
Alexandra_A, Jul 2022
We had a lot of fun with our guide, Ali. He had a great sense of humour and was very friendly. He took loads of photos for us at no extra cost and had a lot of experience with dune bashing so we felt completely safe. The dinner was delicious and the other activities in the camp were fun.
Fun in the desert
Fabio_P, Jul 2022
The highlight of the tour was the dune bash. Our guide Alan is a great driver and photographer. BBQ and show were simple but nice. Overall a very good experience.
Once in a lifetime opportunity
Raji_R, Jul 2022
I only had one day in Dubai and this was the perfect perfect tour to fit a bunch of things in at once. Not only was dream journey tours amazing my host ikhlaq Hussain was fabulous. Highly recommend.
Hilarious Trip
Helen_F, Jun 2022
The driver was so amazing and skillful with his driving and the trip was really enjoyable. I was scared initially but he made it worth our while. Great adventure
Summer heat? Still doable!
Adam_T, Jun 2022
We took the four-hour morning excursion because we were tight on time and it’s the end of June, so very hot. Any longer or later in the morning would have gotten too hot to enjoy. We loved it. Just enough time to try everything. Our guide, Abbas, was great. Pick up and drop off was right on time.
Desert Dune tour
Gary_G, Jun 2022
Hi Excellently tour with fun of fun and excitement. Thanks for warm and kind guide- Zafar! We really enjoyed Highly recommended
Awesome Tour!
Alison_G, Jun 2022
Awesome tour with a great guide who provided cold water bottles the entire tour. Kept everyone comfortable and safe the entire ride and couldn’t have been better!
Fantastic trip
greggottig, Jun 2022
Fabulous 4 hours. Najeeb our tour guide and driver was friendly, professional and very informative. He picked us on time at our hotel, explained what the tour would comprise off and look after us every step of the way. He dropped us off at our hotel at the end. I would recommend this trip without hesitation.
Just wonderful
TIRSO_S, Jun 2022
Great experience in Dubai. everything you cAN DREM ABOUT IN JUST ONE PLACE. do not miss this great tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Candice_K, Jun 2022
Dune bashing was ok. Would have been nice to have had an Emirati tour guide to make the experience more authentic.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I’ve trip was amazing and...
BRYNN_D, Jun 2022
I’ve trip was amazing and a must do in Dubai m. Our guide was terrific and made the experience so much more enjoyable
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience...
Akram_U, May 2022
Great experience especially as we had a great driver. Mohammed was great and really helpful would recommend to family and friends
Fun desert trip!
James_S, May 2022
Mohammed was great! Excellent driver and a lot of fun! The dunes were amazing, with sandboarding, pictures and driving in the desert. and plenty of water. Only reason not 5 star is because I did not like the camel riding portion / horse conditions.
Best guide and trip
Rick_D, May 2022
Mohammad was one of the best guides on the trip, very patient, polite, knowledgable and great company for my elderly parents. Would love to go with him to the dunes yet again
Enrique_C, May 2022
Guide had excellent attention, very friendly, honest and had a good vibe. Tour exceeded our expectations thanks to our guide/driver. You should take this tour if you come to Dubai, it’s a must. This tour make the difference in your stay in Dubai
The desert photo ever
Joy_H, May 2022
The driver was the best we had a great time from beginning to end the camel ride was very interesting but fun
Enlightening Desert Experience
Saleem_H, May 2022
This was an excellent experience from the cleanliness of the vehicle to the great guide (Mohammad), and the plethora of activity options. Being out in the desert atop the red dunes with whirling sands was a surreal experience. The time at the Bedouin styled camp was nice but did lack something given that no music or performances were allowed to honour three days mourning for the passing of the UAE President. Apart from the latter, it's excellent value for money!
Dune Bashing and more!
Graham_L, May 2022
Well the actual ‘dune bashing’ was fine as expected although a little short. The one hour drive to and from was scary to say the least! Our driver, a man of few words’ was inclined to drive with his feet up and knees resting on the door or centre console, whilst using his phone and the other hand across the wheel and resting on the dashboard!!! Most of the time the left side wheels were right on the line or over it. And at one time juggling all of these whilst taking a bend in an underpass! The weaving and squeezing of other tragic and the sounding of horn, I believe are normal habits for the location! Not particularly relaxing!
Great experience, it is a must in Dubai
Enrique_B, May 2022
Loved everything about the ride. Very good driver! I would have like that the dunes bashing where deper into the desert. Only part I didn't like was having to wait in the quad location doing nothing, because I didn't want to ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun desert adventure and photo ops
K_J, May 2022
Abbas was great! He picked us up right on time and was an awesome dune bashing driver (and photographer! He took great pics for us). Unfortunately, we weren’t able to enjoy the entertainment at the camp due to the president passing away, but still had a great time.


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