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.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Amazing experience with our guide, Imran!

Booked desert safari for the whole family (my parents and our family with teenager + young boy) while we were in Abu Dhabi. Amazing experience, everyone had great fun. Our guide, Imran, is very knowledgeable, organized and skillful. We loved our dune bash very much! The time was evenly segregated between activities and we managed to catch sunset too! Imran ensures our safety was the priority and he is a jovial + accommodating chap which made the entire trip enjoyable. Thanks Imran!

Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 12/08/2018

Absolutely fantastic experience, a must do item.

Everyone in our party (4 people) had the most wonderful time in the desert. We were picked up from our hotel on Yas Island at the exact time communicated by them the day before. Had 45 min drive to the camel farm where we got to feed them whilst 4x4 had tyres preparded for the desert. The dune bashing was excellent fun and drivers skill was outstanding. Great photo opportunities at sunset and sand boarding was something quite different. Nice little camel ride which take you surprising high off the floor. Experience topped off with the evening in the camp where we were provided with drinks and lovely BBQ food followed by a couple of shows and local experences all included in the price. Was great value for money and the best thing we did on our trip outside of the Formula 1 racing. I think the experience you get does depend on your guide/driver. We had one of the team leaders who helped with creative photos and was by far the most experienced in handling the dunes.

Brilliant - even finished with a sand storm

Food was great, the 4wd exciting, like being on a roller coaster. The show was great with a male performer too boot. Camels were cute, sand boarding fun to watch. It felt like a real desert experience.

Better than expected!!! Highly recommended!

Amazing tour with many activities. This is a must-do if you are in the UAE and want to get out of the busy cities. Recommend bringing some cash to tip the henna painter as well as your driver. They did an amazing job!

Superb and great value for money-highly recommended!

Anish, our driver was amazing. He called us and hour before we were due to be picked up and also sent a text and WhatsApp message. Dune bashing was amazing and Anish was by far the best driver, truly an exhilarating experience. He was also a great photographer and took some great shots whilst we were dune boarding and on the camels! Can’t recommend it highly enough !!