Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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clock-o5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

Experience a desert adventure on this 5-hour safari from Dubai. Traveling by comfortable 4x4, venture to a desert camp and after Arabic coffee and dates, take off on a thrilling quad bike ride across the sands. Enjoy a camel ride, see some sand art, get a henna tattoo, and finish with a starlit barbecue dinner back at the camp. As you feast on delicious Arabic dishes, watch a sequinned belly dancing show and hypnotic ‘tanoura’ performance, with dancers spinning in time to traditional Emirati music.
  • 5-hour 4x4 desert safari with BBQ dinner and quad ride from Dubai
  • Ride a 4x4 over the dunes as the sun sinks over the desert
  • Arrive at a Bedouin-style camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates
  • Ride a quad bike over the sands and enjoy a camel ride
  • Feast on a delicious BBQ dinner under the stars as you watch exotic belly dancers
  • Watch a tanoura folk dance, with whirling dervish-style dancers spinning before you
  • Admire traditional sand art, watch henna artists at work and get a henna tattoo if you wish
After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, relax into your air-conditioned 4x4 and journey into the desert. On route, chat to your guide, who acts as your driver, and hear fascinating stories about Dubai and the desert around you.

Go off road and head into an area of dunes for an exciting dune bash. Hold tight as your 4x4 ploughs up the sandy slopes before skidding and sliding back down.

Continue to a beautiful, Bedouin-style desert camp nestled in the heart of the dunes. Hop out of your 4x4 into the torchlit grounds and enjoy a revitalizing Arabic coffee and fresh dates. If you wish, try an aromatic shisha (Arabic water pipe) along with your coffee.

Duly refreshed, take off on a 15-minute quad bike ride. Listen to a safety briefing and instructions, pull on a provided helmet, and zip and zoom around the camp and desert terrain.

Visit a camel farm and enjoy a short ride on one of these hardy desert animals. Afterward, admire some examples of delicate sand art, and if you wish, get a henna tattoo etched onto your hands or feet.

As darkness falls, return to the camp for a delectable barbecue dinner. Menus may vary, but typical dishes include shawarma (spit-roast meat wraps), Arabic salads and kebabs teamed with complimentary sodas and additional drinks (own expense) from the bar. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

During your meal, enjoy a glittering belly dance show and watch ‘tanoura’ dancers spin, whirling dervish-style, across the floor, in time to rhythmic Arabian music.

Finally, return to Dubai by 4x4 and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course (buffet selection):
  • Falafel
  • Shawarma (spit-roast meat wraps)
Mezze and salads (buffet selection):
  • Hummus
  • Baba ganoush (eggplant dip)
  • Moutabel (spicy eggplant dip)
  • Tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with parsley, mint, tomatoes and lemon juice)
  • Fatoush (toasted pitta bread salad)
  • Arugula salad (rocket salad)
  • Cabbage salad
BBQ and main course (buffet selection):
  • Shish tawook (marinated grilled chicken kebabs)
  • Chicken tikka
  • Meat kebabs
  • Fish fillets
  • Mixed vegetable curry
  • Dal curry (lentil curry)
  • White rice
  • Biryani rice
  • Spaghetti
  • Cumin potatoes
  • Sautéed vegetables
  • Arabic breads
Dessert (buffet selection):
  • Jelly kunafa (shredded, filled wheat pastries)
  • Assorted fresh fruits
  • Tea, coffee and Arabic coffee

Reviews

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W
, Sep 2018

Great deal for the price. Awesome time in the desert and great experience. Very nice guide.

M
, Sep 2018

Great value for money !! absolutely incredible and I will do it again !! All advertised is true make sure that you are prepared for the adventure. It is advisable to carry cash on the trip with you to purchase some items that might add value to the experience. My personal highlight was the camel ride and the quadbikes. I got to take selfies with camels and rub their face that was unbelievable for me. If you are visiting Dubai, this should be in your bucket list. The dessert drive on its own is also amazing so just but the deal, you will be glad you did.

Z
, Aug 2018

Amazing time, the 4x4 was really good and comfortable. Chocolate Khan is funny and he is very helpful. The Quad ride was amazing, it is just a circuit but you can get a good ride out of it. The Camel ride is more of a picture opportunity and not a proper ride. Maybe a minute at best. But worth it for the picture.
BBQ dinner was good and nice. The tea, drinks were good. Nice relaxing place, with a prayer area. I would recommend.

H
, Jul 2018

It was a definitely a different kind of tour! I enjoyed pretty much everything except the camel ride--it almost broke my back when it put me down. The guy who was in charge of the camel didn't speak a lick of English so he didn't even bother to warn me, hey, push forward when the camel goes down, or else, your back's toast, or something visual to that effect. But anyway, the belly dancing and a twirling skirt dance were both good. Food was just okay. The best, by far, was the 4x4 safari. The quad ride not so much as all we did was go around in circles for about 20 minutes or so.

K
, Jun 2018

another nice bumpy ride well enjoyed although the Quad bikes the track was to small could been better if it was bit longer.....nice buffet food after wards

V
, May 2018

Excellent tour for adventure seekers. Great combination of events to make your day filled with fun. Great drivers and fun people.

V
, May 2018

What a crazy fun filled day. Easy pickup from the port, our driver and tour guide, Hassan. Great sense of humor, made us feel welcome and had us smiling as soon as we met. Little bit of a long ride in traffic out to the desert, but its worth it. Once in the desert is where the fun begins, they are trained dune drivers and they give you the full experience of playing up and down the dunes. Lots of good stops for picture taking. Then you reach the camp by sunset to partake in the evening's festivities and feast. Excellent desert experience. What a time to be alive.

M
, Apr 2018

Great tour, exelent host, event to remember :

m
, Apr 2018

Fun and awesome adventure!!!! Our guide was excellent!!!!

l
, Mar 2018

Horrible, shady and run! Had to contact the vendor since I initially made the purchase. Will say one thing over the phone to me, the Viator representative and will state something else. Very displeased and disgusted tried to get two bookings out of us. Will never even think of booking with Sand Trax again.


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