Desert safari Abu Dhabi

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The best desert tours in Abu Dhabi

An absolute must for every vacation in Abu Dhabi - A desert safari (desert tour) in the dunes of the desert state. It really is an unforgettable experience for young and old, for young and old, when the V8 engines roar and the over 300 hp off-road vehicles dash over the dunes.

Not just for vacationers ... A desert safari in Abu Dhabi is an event where you also meet people who have lived in the UAE for years and still book this adventure again and again or even venture out onto the dunes with their own cars.

Our tip: In the season in particular, many tour operators are well booked or even fully booked. It is therefore always advisable to book these tours in advance.

Best dune bashing in the world

And don't worry, the drivers are not beginners, are well trained and have been doing this for years. And the best present for these drivers is probably the screeching of the guests when they heat over the dunes and quite a few passengers stepped out of the off-roader with somewhat pale faces after the trip.

But if you want to forego the adrenaline rush in advance and prefer leisurely driving, no problem. Here it is enough if you simply tell the driver briefly before the journey, then it goes correspondingly slower over the dunes. Of course, we recommend the quick version.

The agony of choice

Which tour is the best?

If you search online for a desert safari in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, you will quickly find that there are countless tour operators. Basically, you can say that (almost) all providers offer the same or at least similar tours. This is where it is Devil in the details and the differences in quality are just as great as the differences in price.

Those who opt for the cheapest offer here will most likely find themselves in a crammed (small) bus on the way to the desert, only to be shared with dozens of other tourists at the meeting point in the SUVs.

Possibly also in a part of the desert where the dunes do not deserve their name but where you can only speak of dunes. And the quality of the BBQ, the offered activities and the entertainment program certainly correspond to the (cheap) price you paid here.

ABU DHABI OR DUBAI?

First of all, most of them say that the desert safaris in Abu Dhabi are better than in Dubai. Why? Well, first of all the most important aspect: The desert around Abu Dhabi is considered to be one of the most beautiful deserts in the world, especially the Liwa Desert. The dunes are huge and the sand is an extraordinary color.

The experienced desert drivers in the Emirates all agree: A desert safari in Abu Dhabi is really a unique experience and certainly the best adventure activities that are offered here.

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Sunrise and sunset, evening safari with or without an overnight stay

All desert safaris at a glance

There are various offers to choose from depending on your interests. A sunrise tour is usually offered from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., a morning tour from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or the evening tour from around 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The various tours differ not only in terms of time but also in terms of food and entertainment.

Depending on the tour provider and the booked package, you can either take the bus to the meeting point or you will be picked up from the hotel in an off-road vehicle, although the second option is of course a bit more expensive. We recommend picking up in an off-road vehicle. We also recommend the in your car front seats to get hold of. They are more comfortable, as up to 6 passengers plus driver can be accommodated in the vehicle and there is not so much legroom in the back.

There are also family and romantic tours for a particularly exclusive experience. But in general, all tours offered can also be booked privately. Please simply book the desired tour using the booking form. You will then be contacted by the provider with the details.

approx. 4.15h to 10h

Sunrise desert safari

This unforgettable opportunity to experience a sunrise over the beautiful desert landscape of Abu Dhabi should not be missed! The temperatures are still pleasantly cool and the dunes are bathed in a golden light while the sun rises over the desert. With a four-wheel drive vehicle you go over huge sand dunes and there is a stop at a camel farm. Refreshments are served at the camp, where you can also ride a camel and sandboard.

  • Visit to a camel farm
  • Drive about 60min dunes (dune bashing)
  • camel riding
  • Tea, coffee, dates
  • Sunrise in the desert
PRICES & INFORMATION
approx. 8 a.m. to approx. 12 p.m.

Morning desert safari

If the sunrise desert safari is just too early for you, the morning safari may be more suitable. You will be driven through the desert with an off-roader, stop at a camel farm, take a coffee break in the camp, where you can ride camels, go sandboarding and then you will be brought back to the hotel.

  • Visit to a camel farm
  • Drive about 40min dunes (dune bashing)
  • camel riding
  • Snack in the camp: tea, coffee and mostly dates
  • Sand boarding in the camp
PRICES & INFORMATION
approx. 3pm to 10pm

Afternoon desert safari

  • Visit to a camel farm
  • Drive about 40min dunes (dune bashing)
  • camel riding
  • Tea, coffee and mostly dates, BBQ in the evening (alcoholic drinks for a surcharge)
  • Sandboarding in the camp
  • Quad biking for a surcharge
  • Water pipes (shisha) & henna tattoos
  • Traditional arabic robes for dressing up
  • Belly dancer and sometimes derwish dancer
  • Sunset in the desert
  • Campfire
PRICES & INFORMATION
approx. 3 p.m. to 11 a.m. the next day

Overnight desert safari

  • Visit to a camel farm
  • Drive about 40min dunes (dune bashing)
  • camel riding
  • Tea, coffee and mostly dates, BBQ in the evening (alcoholic drinks for a surcharge)
  • Sandboarding
  • Quad biking for a surcharge
  • Water pipes (shisha) & henna tattoos
  • Traditional arabic robes for dressing up
  • Belly dancer and sometimes derwish dancer
  • Sunset & bonfire
  • Overnight in a Bedouin tent
  • Arabic breakfast
  • Drive again to the dunes and then return to the hotel
PRICES & INFORMATION
Private safari - pure romance

Romantic champagne desert dinner

This is a unique opportunity to experience something very special with your loved one. Enjoy a private dune dinner as a romantic backdrop for two on a wedding anniversary, birthday or other special occasion such as a marriage proposal or a first date. Let yourself be inspired by this unforgettable experience. Anything is possible - we can even organize a birthday cake. Just make a booking request and the rest will be arranged by email.

What to Expect

You will be picked up from your hotel or apartment in a private four-wheel drive vehicle and taken to the desert. There you will experience the finest dune bashing, followed by a visit to a camel farm. Enjoy great photo moments at the spectacular sunset in the middle of the red dunes with your very private candlelight dinner setup in Arabic style. While you are sipping champagne and enjoying this impressive moment, your exclusive BBQ dinner is being prepared. The shared look at the starry sky rounds off this perfect togetherness and the lady's heart is guaranteed to be taken by storm!

PRICES & INFORMATION
Private safari

Private family dune BBQ

Treat yourself to some privacy and enjoy some time out with family or friends in the beautiful Arabian desert on this special tour. You will be picked up by a private four-wheel drive vehicle and on a 50-minute drive you will go into the breathtaking desert landscape away from tourists and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy exciting dune bashing followed by a visit to a camel farm. Then you will be taken to your private desert dinner. A camel ride and henna painting are waiting for you there. The delicious BBQ dinner takes place in the middle of the dunes on a traditional Arabic seating arrangement.

This tour is perfect for birthdays or other celebrations. Your family and friends will love this special, unforgettable time in the desert.

PRICES & INFORMATION

If you want it quieter

The most popular tours are the evening and overnight safaris, but if you prefer it quieter and more level-headed, away from other tourists, then we recommend the sunrise and morning tour. They are booked less often and you are therefore mostly alone in the car and the sunrise in the desert is just beautiful!

Sunrise Safari Morning Desert Safari