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

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

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

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

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?

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.

What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Amazing trip through the largest sand desert on Earth

This activity was without a doubt the highlight of our stay in Abu Dhabi/Dubai. Our guide Munir was pretty silent, but a great driver and helpful whenever we needed him or asked something. After Munir came to pick us up, we started our trip to the desert outside of Abu Dhabi. First of all, we saw a few camels at a camel farm and took some pictures with them. Afterwards, Munir started driving through the sand dunes. This activity felt like an amazing rollercoaster and with Munir's driving skills we never had the impression of being in any danger. We did a stop in between the two parts of the dune driving to take a few pictures in the middle of the desert. After the dune driving, we went to a traditional Arabian camp where we drove a quad through the dunes ourselves and ate a semi-traditional buffet. Unfortunately, there were no dancers or music due to Ramadan. We also had other activities at the camp, like wearing traditional garments, sandboarding, shisha smoking, etc.

We can’t recommend this trip enough, a ‘must do’ in AbuDhabi!

The trip has exceeded our expectations. Our driver was so professional and approachable, very helpful and has helped us to take some incredible photos. The buffet dinner had an excellent choice of foods and the entertainment was excellent. We went during the month of Ramadan and we still didn’t feel like missed out on anything, the shows provided at the dessert were very good good and well thought through. Fantastic value for money, nothing negative to add - we can’t recommend this tour enough!

Fantastic and Exhilarating, ten out of ten.

This is a fantastic safari which my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. Imran our driver was great and an extremely skilful dune driver, albeit scary at times but exciting. Everything about this safari was exceptionally well done and represented very good value, plus hotel pick up and return was convenient. There was nothing I could fault about the entire safari.

Awesome!!! Imran is a fantastic Driver and tour guide !!

Everyone should go on a desert safari while in Abu Dhabi !!! Perfectly organized , great service , wonderful food and we had a great guide and driver - Imran wonderful person he does more than you expect him to and takes the best photos in the world. Thank you Imran for everything and see you again !!

Very nicely delivered in a timely and professional way

Ameer Koolath, desert safari guide was prompt, respectful and patiently guided us skilfully throughout the safari adventure. The experience was great and will certainly use off road adventure tour (Abu Dhabi) again which comes highly recommended.