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

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Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options
from USD $45.10
Escape the city and explore the desert region of Dubai in 4WD vehicle. Take a dune drive across the red sands and experience a scenic sunset on this desert safari tour. 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 desert camp.
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In Brief

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4 to 7 hours
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Pass By: Dubai, Dubai, Emirate of Dubai

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 7-hour option 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.


  • 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

Additional Information

  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great time, great people. Everything went off as described. Exciting dune ride that lasted longer than I had anticipated. The camel ride was fun, the bbq very good and the entertainment well done. We had a great group of seven people and that made it all the more enjoyable!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2020
We really enjoyed this tour! The dunes were beautiful and our tour was small, only one other guest, and our guide was very attentive. The desert camp was a lot of fun and had a variety of things to do. The falcons were so awesome to see!
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
The dune ride was more fun then we expected and we felt realy safe with our driver/guade Ali. He allso told us much abut the U.A.E. and how it works. The food and the intertanment in the entertianment were not a letdown.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Pick up was very smooth from the cruise port terminal. And once we made a few stops to pick up others from different hotels we made our way into the desert. Camel riding and sand boarding we’re short, but we got great pictures and videos of both! But the sand bashing was the BEST PART! Jabar (our driver) has been doing this for 10 years and made the experience amazing. I would definitely recommend this morning sand dunes trip.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
I organized this safari during a 18hour layover based on reviews. I booked the morning safari but missed it due to my flight to Dubai getting delayed due to storms in Dubai. However, the team were fantastic and booked me on the afternoon safari on short notice and picked me up from a different location too on very short notice. Our driver Jabari was fantastic and made the safari very enjoyable. I thoroughly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Superb day out, did not opt for the BBQ as we were half board in the hotel, my 9 year old loved it especially the sand surfing
• Submitted 15 Jan 2020
Having been to Dubai before we decided to do something a little different. We chose the Red Dune 4c4 ride and camel ride and we aren’t sorry we did! It was a thrilling ride and very interesting at the same time. Our guide Nasir was the best!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
My kids and I had a lot of fun. Our tour guide Nasir was very informative and concerned that all of us had a good time. Highly recommend as part of a complete Dubia experience
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
Thanks to Rasheed for making our day and evening wonderful. Our drive in the desert has been above our expectations. The sunset amazing and the dinner excellent.
• Submitted 26 Dec 2019
I and my family had an awesome time in the Safari tour! Nadir is an excellent tour guide and driver, the desert’s sightseeing was beautiful, the shows were amazing and the food was delicious! We certainly recommend and loved to be guided by Nadir!
• Submitted 26 Dec 2019
Well organized. We had a terrific driver/Guide - Maqsood. The drive was very safe and extremely interesting. All activities advertised were great
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
Siyyad was a great tour host and treated us with the greatest of care and respect. It was the greatest fun that I've had on a trip before. Great fun and entertainment!!!
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
Excellent experience and great host mr Brown. From the pick up to the dessert safari and camp site it was all well planned. Mr Brown was very hospitable and informative. Thank you
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
My wife really enjoyed the tour. The driver was phenomenal and fun. We will definitely take this tour again when we come back.
• Submitted 22 Nov 2019
Amazing! The guide was very nice and funny! The landscapes are great. the 4 hours tour is really worth
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
It was a exciting non stop thrilling adventure. My party really enjoyed it and I can say that it’s well Worth the tour. Would recommend ! Nazir was great.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
We were picked up from our hotel promptly and was whisked away to the desert where we met up with a lot of other drivers. We "bashed" the dunes in a caravan style line of vehicles. Then we stopped for some pictures and sand surfing this was really fun. After a short while we hopped back in the vehicle and headed to the dinner show where they drew Henna tattoos, took pictures with traditional Arab garb, and held the Falcons. Dinner and the show was great, and alchohol was served for an additional cost. Overall great experience highly recommend.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2019
Something you should do while in Dubai,friendly guide, mostly friendly camels, ha.Dune 4x4 excellent fun.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2019
Such a great experience would recommend to anyone. Our driver Siddique made the experience so much fun. He couldn’t do enough to help. Thank you!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
The Safari was fantastic! The guides (particularly my guide, Sanjip?) really cared about making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The guides pointed out sights to see along the way to the camp, where we then rode camels and could ride quad bikes (the quad bikes were an extra cost) or go to the toilet or grab a snack whilst they let the air out of the tyres for the dune safari. The guides made sure that we all felt comfortable during the safari, including warning us that it might make some people feel car sick and providing us with sick bags just in case (although no one in my car felt sick). The ride was exhilarating! It got your heart beating and you were jumping around but it was not too scary! The guides stopped every now and then to check everyone was okay and not scared. Once we all chimed that we were all good, the music would start again and off we'd go! After the safari we stopped to take photos and go sandboarding. The guides again were really attentive and took the time to take lots of photos and videos of everyone and ensuring that everyone got to try Sandboarding at least twice. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Our driver Mujeeb was excellent !!!!! Really reccomend him !!!! He has been very helpful during the safari, driving carefully, and also assisted us taking some really nice pictures. If i do this safari again, i would fr sure choose this guy as our driver again !
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
This was an awesome experience. Loved the camel ride and sandblasting. Major was an exceptional tour operator. He provided 100% customer service. He was superb in the drive in the desert. He took pictures when my friends stayed inside the vehicle. Loved the tour. He allowed me to use his googles to keep the sand from my eyes. I wear contacts.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Amazing day out, friendly tour guide be prepared to wait once you’ve been picked up you go to a camp where you can hire bikes to go off, you wait for all the car to go in the desert
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
This was my first solo trip to Dubai so I thought I would book an excursion to give me something to do and an opportunity to interact with people. My guide was very communicative and picked me up from my hotel on time. He gave us a mini tour as we headed out of the city to the desert. I booked the half day safari and did camel riding as well as the dune safari. There was the option to do quad biking too. Refreshments were aplenty. Endless bottles of cold water which was welcomed. The group was a lovely mix of people and we had a really nice day. I would and have highly recommended this day out even if you just did a half day like me. The 4/5 hours was enough as it is so hot it can be exhausting. I had a fab day! Thank you to the tour operators
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019

In Brief

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4 to 7 hours