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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.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Excellent experience and a must when in UAE

We did this from Abu Dhabi and can't say much more than thoroughly enjoyed it. Picked up from hotel, 4wd to the desert where we mingled with camels, 4wd over the sand dunes which was so much fun on the way to the camp. At the camp they had free activities such as camel riding, sand boarding, henna tattooing and Shisha smoking (don't smoke but was was an experience). Also you can do Quad biking at an additional cost. All water, soft drinks tea coffee included, and just extra cost for alcohol. Big Bbq dinner buffet included and plenty of food and choices. A show and belly dancing. Overall a great afternoon/evening and I think a must do if you have time.

Great & unique Experience!! Must Do in Abu Dhabi

Perfect organization of the entire tour & great activities and stops including camel riding, dune bashing, Quad driving in the dusk!!, sand boarding, dancing & amazing photo stops. Could not have been better. AND please choose Biju as a tour guide. Such a nice, safe, polite & professional guide. Biju is also one of the best smartphone photographers you will find! He makes such great pictures - better than many professional photographers. It is the best way to keep that memories & let your instagram profile rise!! Book it & him!

Exceptional service and amazing experience

Camel ride was amazing, sunset at the desert majestic, the coffee after the ride and the bbq dinner all perfectly set. The show and the belly dancing is quite entertaining and we all wanted to dance. Service provided was quite high standard. My driver Sanu picked me up from the hotel at the exact time as agreed and returned me back safe and healthy. Amazing full set of photos in the desert, the coffee scenery and the sunset. Have no negative things to say. Overall amazing experience. Highly recommended!!

Abu Dhabi: Sunset Camel Trek & Barbecue Dinner Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/15/2019

A great way to see the sand dunes and more

The delightful driver was on time so beware if you think you might not have to wait. First we went to the camel farm and fed the animals, then sand bashing, take travel sickness pills if you suffer, then sand surfing. At the farm where the camel rides took place there was an amazingly clean and working loo area. I do suffer from travel sickness really badly but the driver was very sweet and considerate. The whole expedition was extremely well run and efficient. Would recommend.

Abu Dhabi 4-Hour Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/09/2019

Exhilarating, fun and highly recommended desert safari

Our guide Hamza was prompt, professional and friendly. The vehicle was clean and air conditioned. The dune bashing was exhilarating but we felt safe with Hamza at the wheel. During the sabdboarding Hamza was a patient teacher and we all had great fun. The day was finished with camel riding and trying some traditional clothing. At no time were we rushed or pressured into doing anything. This trip made great memories for our family and would highly recommend it.

Abu Dhabi 4-Hour Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/09/2019