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Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

1. Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

Explore the desert on this SUV tour from Dubai. Cruise up, down and through desert dunes in Land Cruiser. Drive an ATV over sand dunes before enjoying live entertainment and dinner at a Bedouin camp. Begin by exploring the desert and get a glimpse of the harshness and intensity of the desert sands. Later on, try dune bashing in a 4x4 Land Cruiser (which is fully equipped with all necessary safety features) and sandboarding on the silky red-sand dunes. Next up is the quad bike area, where you will receive a short briefing of safety instructions before enjoying the thrill of riding an ATV over the vast sands. Finally, relax in a traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you can indulge in activities like camel riding and henna painting. Enjoy being entertained by belly and folk dancers while eating a delicious barbecue dinner.

From Dubai: Half-Day Desert Adventure with Quad Biking

2. From Dubai: Half-Day Desert Adventure with Quad Biking

Indulge your inner adventurer as you escape the big city on a half-day trip from Dubai. Experience some of the most thrilling activities the desert has to offer, including a short camel ride and a self-drive quad bike drive through the dunes. Start your adventure with a convenient pickup from your hotel in a 4x4 vehicle and head southeast of the city center to the desert. On a clear day, admire the Hajjar Mountains. After a 1-hour drive, stop for your exciting desert activities. Before starting your quad bike adventure, listen to your guide as he gives a full briefing with safety instructions. Then, enjoy a thrilling 30-minute self-drive across the high sand dunes. Then it's time to get to know the camels, and even enjoy taking a short ride. Next, try some sandboarding over the desert dunes. Similar to snowboarding, this activity gets your adrenaline pumping and tests your balance skills as you attempt new tricks and turns.

Dubai: Adventure Quad Bike Safari, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

3. Dubai: Adventure Quad Bike Safari, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai and spend the morning in the surrounding desert trying your hand at some of the adventure activities on offer here. Benefit from a convenient pickup at your hotel in Dubai, and then travel in air-conditioned comfort with a safari driver to the desert. Upon arrival, get a safety briefing and guidelines on how to operate a quad bike. Hop aboard and conquer the sand dunes during an amazing 60-minute quad bike ride. Dive deeper into your desert adventure and try your hand at sandboarding. Stand on a board and glide over the slopes of the desert dunes to witness its natural beauty from a different perspective. Next, experience life like a Bedouin of days gone by and ride a camel across the desert sands to get yet another perspective of the amazing landscape. Travel back to Dubai and get dropped off at your hotel or chosen location on arrival.

Dubai: Evening Desert Quad Bike Tour with BBQ Dinner

4. Dubai: Evening Desert Quad Bike Tour with BBQ Dinner

Head out of Dubai and into the desert for an all-encompassing guided tour in the comfort of an air-conditioned Jeep. Enjoy an exhilarating drive through the desert and experience spectacular landscapes on a quad bike ride. Visit a Bedouin camp for a traditional meal and entertainment. After a safety briefing, follow your guide into the desert and feel the adrenalin rush as you tackle challenging sand dunes on a quad bike. Then, head to a traditional Bedouin camp as the brilliant sun sets. Relax on Bedouin-style seating and enjoy an aromatic shisha pipe to relax into the evening's festivities. Feast on a traditional barbecue dinner of grilled meats, fresh salads and local sweets, savoring each flavor. Watch an rapturing belly dancing performance and a tanoura dance show during and after your meal, feeling the true welcome of Middle Eastern hospitality.

Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

5. Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

Save time and money with an Explorer Pass and get up to 35% off admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5, or 7 top Dubai attractions, all for one low price. Pay nothing at the gate, and choose as you go to over 40 Dubai attractions, including a 1-day ticket for the hop-on and hop-off Dubai Big Bus tour. Enjoy a day of fun at the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm, cruise the Dubai Creek on a dhow boat while feasting on a delicious dinner, and more. Get your pass instantly delivered by email to print out, or you can use it directly from your phone for your convenience. Take time to see all your chosen attractions. You will have up to 60 days to explore from the first redemption. Included attractions with the Dubai Explorer Pass are: Tours and Cruises • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour: 1-Day Ticket • Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Marina • Dhow Dinner Cruise Dubai Creek • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Abu Dhabi Yas Island • Sunset Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina • Dhow Abu Dhabi Yas Island Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Creek Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Marina Sightseeing cruise • Speed Boat Sightseeing Tour • Palm Jumeirah Kayak Tour • Hour explorer Tour 60-Min • Sunset Sensation Tour 90-Min • Dubai Opera Tour Theme Parks and Rides • Ain Dubai - Observation Wheel (re-opening May 2nd) • Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm • Motiongate™ Dubai • Legoland® Dubai • BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai • Ski Dubai - Snow Classic • IMG Worlds of Adventure • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • KidZania Abu Dhabi • iFly Dubai Indoor Skydiving • Ekart Zabeel • Legoland® Water Park Landmarks and Other Experiences • At the Top - Burj Khalifa• Qasr Al Watan • Arabian Culinary Experience at Al Hallab Restaurant • Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – Explorer Experience • 1001 Adventure tour ""4X4 Quad Bike"" in the desert • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi • Stand-up Paddle Lesson & Tour • Dubai Ice Rink Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Dubai: Evening Dune Buggy and Desert Adventure

6. Dubai: Evening Dune Buggy and Desert Adventure

Uncover the beauty of the desert on an exhilarating ATV tour from Dubai with private and shared options. Choose to include a visit to Bedouin camp and experience the joys of local hospitality. Upgrade your experience with the option to include mouth-watering BBQ dinner. Ride one of the twin-seater dune buggies and set off on this unique adventure around the Dubai desert. Explore the region’s majestic sand dunes, climbing up and over peaks and valleys and taking in the amazing scenery. Your guide will show you the best routes to take and will make sure you ride at a pace that you find comfortable. If you’re feeling a bit tired, stop for a breather and some refreshments before heading off into the sand dunes once again. For your comfort and safety, each dune buggy comes equipped with a full roll cage, bucket seats and a full safety harness. This adventure can be experienced as a solo passenger or as a couple sharing the buggy for an hour. Finally, once the buggy adventure is done, the 4x4 vehicles will be waiting for you, to take you to the Bedouin camp in the middle of the desert for some live entertainment and a BBQ Buffet dinner.

Dubai: Red Dune Desert Morning Adventure with Sand Boarding

7. Dubai: Red Dune Desert Morning Adventure with Sand Boarding

Experience the beauty of the desert sand dunes and the thrill of sandboarding on this unique Land Cruiser tour from Dubai. Keep cool in an air conditioned vehicle and enjoy cold mineral water on your tour.  Your morning safari begins with a pick-up at your hotel in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Head off with your local guide into the desert, just a 30-45 minute ride from Dubai. Along the way, the driver will take you up and down the dunes in the morning sun. Marvel at the beauty of the desert at this time of day. The first activity gets the adrenalin flowing, bashing some high Red Desert dunes, driving up and down in a Land Cruiser. Afterwards there's an opportunity to try sandboarding, one of the most exciting sporting activities in the desert. After your sandboarding experience, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Buffet Dinner

8. Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Buffet Dinner

Avoid the urban sprawl of Dubai on an action-packed experience in the desert. Drive across the dunes and visit a traditional Arabic Bedouin camp. Head to a Bedouin camp and experience the traditional Arabic reception of coffee and dates on arrival. See the camp at your own pace, cover yourself in traditional Arabic clothes, and take pictures. Have the opportunity to ride a camel and stop across the desert to watch the beautiful sunset. Enjoy having henna painted on your hands or feet. Listen to music while drinking tea or Arabic coffee at the campsite. Taste a delicious barbecue dinner and try the famous Arabic shisha water pipe. Gaze at a star-lit belly dance performance around the campfire before you return to Dubai or Sharjah.

From Dubai: Red Dunes and Camel Safari with Overnight Camp

9. From Dubai: Red Dunes and Camel Safari with Overnight Camp

Enjoy a desert safari in Dubai. Ride a camel, enjoy exhilarating dune bashing, and have an authentic barbecue while enjoying the traditional dance. Then stay overnight in a Bedouin tent, and go on a camel trek the next day. After being collected from your accommodation in a comfortable 4WD vehicle, you will head to the Lahbab desert. Once in the desert, you will have some free time before your safari starts. Relax here or opt to go for a quad-bike ride while your vehicle for the off-road dune drive is prepared, the choice is yours. Next up you will enjoy a dune bashing ride, feel the adrenaline rush as your vehicle climbs up and slides down the sand dunes. Afterward, you can try sandboarding. Stand on the wooden board provided, balance yourself, and glide down over the sands. Next up, head to Al Khayma, a Bedouin-type campsite, where you will be led to your own tent (Khayma) inside the camp. After settling in here, you can taste Gahwa (Arabic coffee), Gaymat (sweets), and dates as a sign of welcome. Head out for a camel ride around the camp premises, and depending on the time and luck, view the sunset over the desert. Back at Al Khayma Camp, you can spend your time smoking shisha and henna painting. Don local Arabian clothes and pose for photos with a falcon, and at the camp center stage, a Tanoura dance will be performed. Enjoy a lavish buffet dinner full of barbecue dishes, while on the stage, a Khaliji dancer will keep you entertained. Following dinner, you will be taken by camel to a nearby camp area where a fire will be arranged for you. Learn how to make Arabic coffee/tea, whilst you relax in the night sitting by the campfire, enjoying the silence of the desert and the dark sky above. Your desert guide will add to the fun with interesting desert stories, and when it’s time to sleep, you will return to the camp. You will retire back to your tent for an overnight stay. The following morning, wake up just before sunrise to witness a spectacular view. Your guide will take you to the desert with a camel caravan that is waiting outside the camp. Then go for a short camel trek capturing the nice view of the sunrise over the sand dunes. After camel trekking, you will return to your tent before eating a freshly cooked Arabian breakfast. Later, you will be driven back to Dubai and dropped off at your accommodation.

Dubai: Self-Drive Guided Desert Adventure by 4WD Dune Buggy

10. Dubai: Self-Drive Guided Desert Adventure by 4WD Dune Buggy

Enjoy an epic experience in the Dubai desert aboard a customized off-road Polaris XP 1000 dune buggy. Benefit from an easy-to-drive vehicle with automatic gearbox and 4WD capabilities. Travel in safety on a guided tour, and thrill to the speed and excitement of the vehicle. Experience the beauty of the desert on an adventure of a lifetime. Take an introductory tour, a 2 or 4-hour explorer tour or a full-day explorer tour to encounter mighty dunes such as Big Red and Pink Rock.

Planning Your Visit

  • What is Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve?

    With Dubai's rapid expansion, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve was founded to protect the natural landscape and endemic wildlife from overspill. It is located in the southeastern corner of the Emirate of Dubai and covers 87 squared miles of land. Some safaris are allowed to take you out to these pristine dunes.

  • How hot does it get?

    Dubai summer temperatures average at 106ºF (41ºC), and often get a lot higher than that. Temperatures are more comfortable between December and March, but you might have to contend with irregular spurts of rain.

  • Can you camp?

    In some places it's possible to camp, but unless you're extremely experienced, we wouldn't recommend it without being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Fortunately, there are several overnight camping safaris available.

  • What is a desert safari?

    What can you really expect on a safari tour? More than you may realize! This is your chance to drive over dunes and participate in a variety of traditional desert activities: camel riding, sandboarding, trying shisha, authentic cuisine, henna tattoos, and local entertainment.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41,874 reviews

Ahmed was an amazing tour guide, really enjoyed all the activities. Ahmed provided perfect & excellent service, made sure we were hydrated and offered plenty of water, assured that we were okay after every activity, can’t fault the day. Ahmed’s driving skills over the sand dunes were incredible, he also offered to take plenty of pictures of us on our mobile phones so we could get couple/group pictures. Amazing guide and tour! Thanks Ahmed Haseeb

AD Ali was great, he was on time for the pick up and during the information talk about the quad bike he was very easy to follow and strick for our own safety. info and preparation before riding was great. Plenty of water !! So you can be relaxed. Camel riding was a life time experience and they were very professional.

Ali and his wife Sidra made our trip out to the desert a memorable one. The 4WD in the sand dunes was soo exciting. Sand boarding was fun. The food and entertainment at the evening camp was fantastic. Lots of laughs were had by all. Ali made our evening a 5 star experience. I would highly recommend using him.

Top ! A super nice guide and a really beautiful setting. I strongly advise you!

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