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Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

1. Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Get ready for a desert safari starting with an early morning pick-up at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes as you see how simple it really is. During the safari there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for some photos in the desert. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance

2. Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance

Discover the true desert of Abu Dhabi. Feel the thrill with an exciting drive over the sand dunes, visit a camel farm and take to the dunes on a sandboard. As the afternoon turns to evening watch the spectacular sunset from the dunes. Your journey will continue until you reach the traditional Arabic camp, where you will enjoy a unique evening of activities and entertainment. Have the opportunity to try a host of activities like henna painting, belly dancing and shisha. After sunset, feast on a BBQ dinner served under the starlit sky. Enjoy live entertainment  in the form of belly dancing to ensure you have a night to remember.  Experience traditional Arabic hospitality, with Arabic coffee and dates served as they have been for centuries.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the rich past, vibrant present, and thrilling future of Abu Dhabi on a tour of the largest emirate in the UAE. See key sights like the Corniche and Marina Mall, as well as the Grand Mosque and Al Watan Palace. After pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Persian Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi while listening to stories about one of the world’s richest cities. Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most popular landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Admire the mosque’s white marble structure that consists of 82 domes, chandeliers, and flower-patterned designs. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Admire the harbor's clean water as you continue to the opulent Emirates Palace, the official hotel of Abu Dhabi’s ruling government. Then, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. The next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can take a lunch break (at your own expense) and dine at the mall's restaurants or enjoy the food court options. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan palace housed in the presidential palace compound of the UAE. Notice the architectural features, artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Then enjoy the drive back to Dubai, where you will be dropped off.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

4. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

Depart Dubai and journey to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by modern air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on the 90-minute drive with your professional guide. On arrival, marvel at the 8th largest mosque in the world. Spread over 30 acres, the magnificent structure took more than a decade to build and now stands as a showcase for the United Arab Emirate’s Islamic cultural heritage. Roam around the site that can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at any one time. Marvel at priceless features, such as the huge Swarovski crystal chandeliers, floral mosaics, and artifacts of gold, silver, and marble. Be amazed by the gigantic carpet in the main prayer hall. Measuring 60,570 square feet and weighing 35 tons, the carpet was made in Iran and is the result of the toil of thousands of carpet weavers over 2 years. Take stunning memorable photos of the complex and its awe-inspiring architecture, and get a better appreciation of the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the UAE and the mastermind behind the mosque. Depart Abu Dhabi and journey back to Dubai for a drop-off at your hotel or designated location.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

5. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

Enjoy a two-in-one day trip to two UAE essentials. Marvel at architectural and artistic wonders new and old on this inclusive excursion from Dubai. After pickup, sit back and enjoy the journey to the Mosque. On arrival, admire its shining exterior surface of white Greek and Macedonian tiles. Step inside and see the world’s largest hand-woven carpet, large crystal chandeliers, and glass panels studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Next, visit the Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. The largest museum in the Gulf region, enjoy displays of both classic and modern works of cultural and sociological significance from all over the world. Admire pieces from French museums such as the Louvre, Pompidou Center, and Musee d’Orsay. Linger at the Children’s Museum, relax for a bite to eat in the cafe, or browse in the boutique. After the tour, enjoy the drive back to your hotel in Dubai.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

6. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Immerse yourself in Abu Dhabi on a day trip from Dubai. Experience breathtaking buildings and views with visits to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Qasr Al Watan palace, and Emirates Palace. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Dubai. Relax during the scenic 90-minute journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE. Enter the mosque and be spellbound by its breathtaking interior – a symphony of marble, gold, crystals, and ceramics. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Then, enjoy a visit to another landmark of Abu Dhabi, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the Furious 7 movie will recognize this imposing tower. Stop for lunch at the Marina Mall. Enjoy a delicious meal at your own expense at one of the mall’s restaurants or food courts. Afterward, explore the Qasr Al Watan, or the “Palace of the Nation.” This splendid palace offers insight into Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the UAE. Explore the palace’s fascinating exhibits and marvel at its exquisite craftsmanship. Afterward, return to your accommodations in Dubai.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,277 reviews

This experience was AMAZING. The mosque is absolutely beautiful. The entire experience was so smooth and pleasant. The drivers were prompt and everyone looked after us well. Our tour guide Noor and the driver were both absolutely lovely. Noor shared his wealth of knowledge with us in such a funny, friendly way. Usually I don’t enjoy guided tours but this one was a really nice experience. I would 100% recommended this tour to everyone!!!

We booked this tour on short notice and everything went to plan. Excellent communication by the organisation outlining what is required and what we should expect. Our guide was Noor. He was extremely polite, such a professional and very friendly.

Good value for the money. The observatory has a better view than Burj Khalifa, we paid 75aed/person for a traditional lunch and it was tasty. Many thanks to our guide Mustafa Ahmed, he did a great job.

Zeeshan our tour guide was extremely helpful and informative. Made our whole experience so smooth. We were picked up promptly and well taken care of.

The driver was super amazing, respectful, and professional. He made sure we feel great and enjoyed our time the most.