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Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Take a dune drive across the red sands outside Dubai while exploring the desert by 4WD vehicle. You’ll experience the thrill of dune bashing, sandboarding, and a camel ride. Upgrade your 4-Hour morning or afternoon adventure to a 7-hour and linger for a scenic sunset, with the addition of a barbecue dinner at a Bedouin-style desert camp. You’re treated like a VIP with belly dancing, henna, and other entertainment.
  • Get an adrenaline rush while dune bashing in Lahbab desert for 30-40 minutes
  • Enjoy camel rides, sandboarding, and photo ops from the highest desert dunes
  • Treat your eyes with live entertainment showcasing Tanura & Belly Dance
  • Savor delicious BBQ and local cuisine buffet (veg & non-veg)
  • Choose from 4-hour or longer 7-hour all-inclusive tour
Pick-up and drop off from your selected hotel
Licensed English-speaking safari guide with in 4x4 vehicle
Cold bottled water in vehicle
Dune bashing 30-45 minutes
Sand-boarding in the desert
Short camel rides
Sunset photo stop in the desert
Welcome greet at camp with Qawha (Arabic coffee), dates & Lugamat (traditional sweet)
All desert camp activities including BBQ buffet dinner, Shisha pipe, Tanura & Belly Dance show, henna painting, camel rides and unlimited soft drinks – (with the 7-hour tour option)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at the desert camp)
Quad bikes

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pickup from any hotel in Dubai and Port Rashid (Cruise terminal). Pickup from Jebal Ali and Investment Park or other locations available on additional cost. Pick-up time will be within 45 minutes before the tour start-time.


  • Port Rashid

Choose from 4-hour program that includes dune bashing, sandboarding and camel ride or the full 7-hour program with the addition of a BBQ dinner and enjoy many other activities at a VIP Bedouin-style camp'.

Start your experience with pickup in a safari-style 4WD vehicle from your central Dubai hotel and zoom into the remote Lahbab desert that lies outside the city.

During the drive, your guide answers any questions and shares information about the region. Head off road into bright red dunes and have your camera ready to capture what looks like giant beanbags of sand. During a break to gather the convoy, make use of optional quad bikes on-site. Then hold tight as you cruise toward the highest slopes. Feel the adrenaline race as your 4x4 plows up the dunes before sliding and slipping back down the slopes, churning up billowing clouds of sand in the process. 

Reach a high desert dune for a photo stop and admire 360-degree views of the desert landscape as the sun slowly sets (afternoon tour). Take a camel ride and surf the dunes on a sandboard before you continue on to a Bedouin-style camp hidden in the middle of the desert (if upgrade selected).

The 4-hour tour ends here and you are returned to your Dubai hotel.

For those who have chosen a 7-hour tour, proceed to a torchlit camp, settle inside a cushion-strewn tent, and savor some fresh Arabian coffee and dates. Your safari guide will brief you about the various activities available: smoke a shisha (water pipe), decorate your hands with henna designs, and take pictures in traditional Arabic clothes.

As dusk falls, dig into a scrumptious barbecue dinner of dishes such as kebabs, hummus, and salads accompanied by sodas and mineral water, and additional drinks (own expense) from the bar. While you eat, enjoy a colorful belly dancing show and tanoura performance, where fast-spinning dancers whirl across the stage. If you wish, click snaps with Arabian falcons at the camp.

Finally, return to Dubai by 4x4, where your experience concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
You will be picked-up by our friendly tour guide from your hotel.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Drive to Lahbab Desert
We will proceed with our journey to Lahbab desert – the most remote desert place in Dubai – which will take 45-50 minutes’ drive to reach there. Feel free to ask questions to your expert guide about the history and culture of Dubai, its cuisine, important monuments, and so much more.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stop for Camel Rides
On arrival at Lahbab desert, take a short break to enjoy camel rides or pose pictures with them while your guide deflates tires for dune-bashing.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Quad Bike Rides (Optional)
Chance to choose for optional quad bike rides (for 25-minutes) before heading out to the desert for a dune drive.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
45-mins Desert Dune Drive
Once the vehicle is ready, experience 30-45 minutes of adrenaline rush as you slip and slide from one dune to another. The dune-bashing culminates at one of the highest dune points in the desert which doubles up as a picture stop.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Picture Stop
Seize this opportunity to take in the panoramic vistas of the desert landscape and marvel the sleek red color of the dunes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
BBQ Dinner with Bedouin Style Camp Experience
Subsequently, after the picture stop, head towards our Bedouin-style camp, hidden in the heart of the desert. Be greeted with Qahwa (Arabic coffee), dates and Lugamat (traditional sweet) as you enjoy the numerous activities put together in the camp such as camel rides, Shisha pipe, Henna tattoo artists, take pictures in traditional Arabic costumes and shop through the souvenir stand to discover unique as well as exotic ornaments for your loved ones back home. Have a chance to take pictures with a Falcon as well. As the night settles in, enjoy a delicious and luxurious BBQ spread of kebabs, hummus and salads accompanied by soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (self-paid) from the bar. While enjoying your meal, feast your eyes on a colourful belly dancing show followed by the Tanura performance.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Drop off back to the Hotel
4 hours tour ends after our picture stop, you will be taken back to the city and dropped off at your hotel. 7 hours tour will be taken to the Bedouin desert camp.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All vehicles are fully insured and equipped with safety features, such as roll bars, seat belts, government tracker, GPS, GMS and a first aid box.
  • The tour is not suitable for pregnant women and people with heart, neck, or back problem.
  • The program is subject to change due to religious seasons or other circumstances, which may prevent certain activities from taking place.
  • The camp features designated areas for Shisha smoking. Additional charge will apply if Shisha is required at the tables.
  • Falcons may not be available at the camp during hotter months (mainly in July & August).
  • Tour duration includes pickup and travel time.
  • Children under 3 years of age are not allowed on the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.
What is the policy on sanitization during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.
What is the social distancing policy during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.
What is the maximum group size during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Alcohol can be purchased we deemed it necessary after the crazy ride!" See review
  • "Personally, I support the driver to do this I often drive in outback Australia - its good practice to stop and assist others - as you may require the same one day." See review


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Sand dune fun
, Mar 2020
From the pickup from the hotel to the return to the hotel this was an amazing experience. The drive to the dunes by Haroon was informative and he could do no more for us than he did. The drive through the dunes going up and down and side to side was enthralling/exciting. At the top of a dune the sand boarding was a great addition for a bit of fun. Overall an excellent experience much remembered. 5☆
Dubai dune bashing
, Mar 2020
Alam was brilliant. Top driver and a great personality, he really looked after us from start to finish.
Desert safari
, Mar 2020
Very good services and very talented driver very respectable person pick up drop up is like hospitality Servicess really am and my family peoples are very happy with driver vehicle and explaining very nice way about tour and other things
, Mar 2020
It was very cool and very nice experienc with Jabar our Tour guide :) He was very nice and friendly, he always asked about us , if we need something. He gave us 2x water and soft Drinks :) but generally it was very very nice ( Red Dune Drifitng , Camel Riding, Sandboarding ) Thank you
Could have been better
, Mar 2020
Our driver spoke ( maximum) 100 words during the whole experience. Either he was the shy type, or did not speak sufficient English, or it was not his day. The ( short) camel ride was barely that-maximum 5min, so that a photo could be taken. Then an optional ($$) dune-buggy ride which -if you did not partake- was sitting around for 35 minutes. The only exiting thing was the dune-safari, really an exhilarating experience
Short tour
, Mar 2020
Tour guide, Alam was amazing. Very attentive & showed lots of hospitality. I just think the 5 min camel ride was not long enough as well as the 10-15min sand dune ride. The entire tour probably lasted less than 1hr minus transportation to and from the hotel. However, as mentioned the tour guide was amazing.
Sand Dune, Camel and BBQ
, Mar 2020
Ali was an amazing tour guide. Very informative and knowledgeable. He made our experience a wonderful time. Excellent job Ali!
Must do activities in Dubai
, Feb 2020
Pick up on time and we'll orgsnised. Our safari guide, Akbar is a good driver and photographer. Great show and beautiful Henna.
, Feb 2020
We did the safari 7hr trip on 24th feb.. from start to finish it was excellent!! we were picked up on time by our friendly guide Ali, he made us welcome and told us all about what was going to happen. As we drove to the dessert he told us all about the area which was really interesting. I was a little anxious about the dune bashing but didnt need to be as I felt reassured and safe with Ali who made it really fun. We did sand boarding and had a camel ride before sitting for dinner.. Food and entertainment were very good with choice for meat and non meat options.. Excellent tour and excellent guide which we would recommend
Dune bashing
, Feb 2020
Excellent trip with excellent driver - Mohammed. Food and entertainment rounded off a good experience.

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