An absolute must for every holiday in Abu Dhabi is a desert safari in the sand dunes of the desert state. It really is an unforgettable experience for all ages alike, when the V8 engine howls as the driver accelerates the 300HP strong 4 wheel drive and dashes over the dunes. But a desert safari is not only for tourists, on those trips you will almost certainly meet the odd Abu Dhabi resident as the fun is just too great and many of us gladly go on, yet another, desert safari when we have family and friends over for a visit from overseas....
Our tip: Especially during high seasons many of the tour operators are fully booked. It is therefore always advisable to book your desert tour well in advance. It will also guarantee the best price.
The drivers of the off road cars are not beginners, they are well trained and have been doing this for years and probably the most beautiful gift for them is to hear the screams of joy of the passengers when they jump over the dunes or skid down the side of a steep dune. Some riders exit the car a little paler than they entered it.
But, of course, if you want to forego the adrenaline rush from the outset and prefer leisurely driving, no problem. You can always inform the driver ahead of the bashing to take it easy and he will adjust his speed accordingly. Of course we recommend the fast version. It helps to inform your driver if you want to go wild and crazy or take it easy. he will appreciate the information upfront!
If you have ever looked online for a desert safari in Abu Dhabi or Dubai you will probably end up slightly confused as there is a myriad of operators and tours. Basically all of the tour operators are offering the same safaris but there are big differences in quality and price.
First of all, many say that Abu Dhabi is better than Dubai. Why? Well, most important point, the desert around Abu Dhabi, particularly the Liwa Desert, is considered to be one of the most beautiful deserts worldwide. The dunes are huge and the sand has an amazing color. UAE offorad drivers all agree that the dune bashing in Abu Dhabi is the best there is in the emirates.
Conclusion: even if you stay in Dubai, we recommend to book your desert safari in Abu Dhabi. There are many operators that offer tours to Abu Dhabi and the driving time is only a bit longer than if you go from Dubai.
Now that you have selected the right location, you will be confronted with the problem of chosing the right operator. Well, we have done that for you and have tested and tried almost all of them and chosen the best. As well as from our experience and online reviews and we have looked at the following criteriums: price, dune bashing time, reliability & experience, quality and cleanliness of camp.
3.30pm to 9.30pm - Dune Bashing, Camel Riding, Belly Dancer Show & BBQ Dinner in the Desert
8pm to 10pm - Luxury Dinner Cruise along the impressive Corniche on board a traditional arabic wooden dhow. 5* Buffet and soft drinks included.
5am to 9am - Watch the Sun Rise in the Arabian Desert followed by traditional breakfast
8am to 11am - Dune Bashing & Camel Riding Fun for the Whole Family
3pm till 10am next day - Dune Bashing, BBQ, Camel Riding & Overnight Stay
8.30am to 6.30pm - Full Day Liwa trip including dune bashing, camel farm visit, Fort Liwa visit and the Moreeb Dune
1pm to 10am next day - Overnight Liwa trip including dune bashing, camel farm visit, Fort Liwa visit and the Moreeb Dune
Starts at 8am - Peaceful Morning Camel Trek Across Beautiful Dunes
From 8am to 11am - Quad Bike Tour in the Arabian Desert followed by Coffee, Tea & Dates
From 8am - Driving Fun in the Arabian Desert followed by Coffee, Tea & Dates
11am to 8.30pm - Explore Dubai in this private full day city tour in a luxury limousine. You will be able to visit famous Dubai highlights such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, The Palm, and many more.
9am to 5pm - The highlights of this private full day tour in a luxury limousine are for example the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, The Souk, Heritage Village, Qasr Al Hosn, Dates Market, Masdar City, Yas Island.
9am to 1pm - Visit places like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace Hotel, The Souk, Heritage Village, Qasr Al Hosn or Dates Market in this private half day tour. Or create your own Itinerary.
Unique dining experience in Dubai. Enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner 50m above Dubai Marina - from AED469
Dont miss this opportunity of beautiful photographic scenery while the sun rises over the horizon and bathes the dunes in a golden light. You will ride in a 4 wheel drive across huge sand dunes and there will be a stop over at a camel farm. Refreshments will be served at the camp where you can also ride a camel and do some sandboarding.
If the Sunrise Desert Safari is just too early for you, the Morning Safari might be more suitable. You will be driven through the desert in a 4 wheel drive, stop at a camel farm, have a coffee break at the camp where you can enjoy a camel ride and some sandboarding before you head back to the Hotel.
This experience sells out fast. Book now and relax later.
The most popular of all tours are the evening and overnight tours so if you want it more quiet and laid back you should opt for the sunrise or morning tour. There are less bookings and you will get the feeling of having the desert all to yourself.