Abu Dhabi
Desert Safaris

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Your Abu Dhabi desert safari: What to do and when to do it

Abu Dhabi's scenic desert accommodates thrill-seeking adventure rides, sandy meanders, and romantic evenings. There really is something for everyone, so long as you can handle the heat!

  • Bash the dunes in a 4x4

    1. Bash the dunes in a 4x4

    Dunebashing is a popular activity at all times, but even the strong Arabic coffee won't invigorate you ahead of a long day sightseeing like an early morning adrenaline rush!

  • Ride a camel

    2. Ride a camel

    Dromedaries (that's the one-hump kind) have played a crucial role in Arabic culture throughout history. Choose the traditional option for a laid-back tour in the afternoon heat.

  • Treat a special someone

    3. Treat a special someone

    Celebrating a romantic occasion? Sounds like a great excuse to splash out on a private tour! Why not enjoy some authentic Bedouin cuisine as you watch the sunset over the dunes?

  • Smokey nights

    4. Smokey nights

    Just because the desert air is beginning to cool, doesn't mean you have to! Warm up with a delicious Arabic barbecue, smoke a shisha, and even watch an outdoor belly-dancing show!

  • Feeling indecisive?

    5. Feeling indecisive?

    Still can't decide on the best time of day to see the desert? Ride out to an overnight camp for an evening of starlit entertainment and a morning of strong coffee and breakfast!

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Shared Abu Dhabi desert tours and safaris start at around €50 for a basic itinerary. Although food is typically provided, don't assume that it'll be authentically local. Customer reviews are worth checking for more info. Better menus and more varied itineraries can always be found for a higher price, but book online to take advantage of unique deals and discounts.

  • What's the weather like?

    Even in winter, Abu Dhabi temperatures regularly reach highs of around 77°F. In summer they top 100°F, so don't venture into the desert without protecting yourself from the sun. Also, bring water even if bottles are included on your tour. Nighttimes are a little cooler but although the temperature might drop to 50°F in January, the summer nights can still hit the 86°F mark.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,469 reviews

My husband and I did the desert safari everything was great from pick up to drop off. Our guide(Faisel) was fun and relaxed and kept things moving at a good pace while not feeling rushed at all. He tried to make sure we got to do what we liked throughout. The dune bashing was awesome! Camel ridng was cool over the beautiful dunes of the desert. We loved the quad bikes. And the dinner food was amazing! They did a very nice little dance show at the end as well. Would give it 10 stars if we could. Our guide Faisal was awesome!!! He listened to our groups wants and took as many pictures as we wanted. We highly recommend doing the tour and we are not people that typically do group tours.

The trip was good overall, located at Al Khatem. We went during the Christmas time, started at 2:30 in the afternoon on a Friday and had a great combo of Dune bashing, quad biking, camel ride and arabic traditional dance as well as video shows. Overnight stay at the camp was simply great as the tent and beds were arranged for us (we only had to bring warm clothing and blankets). Will plan for a trip once again during this season (possibly new year!). I recommend the use of advance photography to share photos of night sky to tourists for a charge, which was beautiful too during the late night stay (Al Quaa is where people normally go)

It was a great trip to the desert and arabic culture. Dune bashing with driver Biju was so thrilling. The photographs he took were amazing. Quad bike, arabic dress , dance everything was superb. I enjoyed each bit of it. Our guide and driver Biju made the trip memorable with all his experience. Will choose ocean them again. Thanks

just got for it..it has been a really nice experience for us...our nice guide came on time to picked us up from our hotel and he is been really attentive throughout our tour...the camel ride was just amazing...the diner was excellent and we really enjoyed the dancers...super recommended it

Fantastic tour from beginning to end, 4 x 4 drive on dessert was just awesome, camel ride was an experience, the bbq just delicious and the entertainment great. Would highly recommend this tour.