Abu Dhabi
Desert Safaris

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Your Abu Dhabi desert safari: What to do and when to do it

Abu Dhabi's scenic desert accommodates thrill-seeking adventure rides, sandy meanders, and romantic evenings. There really is something for everyone, so long as you can handle the heat!

  • Bash the dunes in a 4x4

    1. Bash the dunes in a 4x4

    Dunebashing is a popular activity at all times, but even the strong Arabic coffee won't invigorate you ahead of a long day sightseeing like an early morning adrenaline rush!

  • Ride a camel

    2. Ride a camel

    Dromedaries (that's the one-hump kind) have played a crucial role in Arabic culture throughout history. Choose the traditional option for a laid-back tour in the afternoon heat.

  • Treat a special someone

    3. Treat a special someone

    Celebrating a romantic occasion? Sounds like a great excuse to splash out on a private tour! Why not enjoy some authentic Bedouin cuisine as you watch the sunset over the dunes?

  • Smokey nights

    4. Smokey nights

    Just because the desert air is beginning to cool, doesn't mean you have to! Warm up with a delicious Arabic barbecue, smoke a shisha, and even watch an outdoor belly-dancing show!

  • Feeling indecisive?

    5. Feeling indecisive?

    Still can't decide on the best time of day to see the desert? Ride out to an overnight camp for an evening of starlit entertainment and a morning of strong coffee and breakfast!

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Shared Abu Dhabi desert tours and safaris start at around €50 for a basic itinerary. Although food is typically provided, don't assume that it'll be authentically local. Customer reviews are worth checking for more info. Better menus and more varied itineraries can always be found for a higher price, but book online to take advantage of unique deals and discounts.

  • What's the weather like?

    Even in winter, Abu Dhabi temperatures regularly reach highs of around 77°F. In summer they top 100°F, so don't venture into the desert without protecting yourself from the sun. Also, bring water even if bottles are included on your tour. Nighttimes are a little cooler but although the temperature might drop to 50°F in January, the summer nights can still hit the 86°F mark.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,469 reviews

even better than expected - great quad tour All activities on offer very well carried out: - spectacular drive through the dunes - really good quad tour, also attractive for young people - very good buffet - program also just really good The entire tour is your money in any case value

We enjoyed ourselves for the whole excursion from pick up to drop off we had a ball. Our driver was respectful and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this to anyone coming to Abu Dhabi /Dubai . Thanks for the memories

We liked the dune bashing the most and it was nice and long! You have to have done such a safari tour. Driving a quad was also fun, they are just a little too slow.

You do have to pick carefully to make sure it’s actually worth buying. Some events are definitely cheaper direct. But all in all great.

Great experience, really fun evening and enjoyed the stargazing at the end!!!