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Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

1. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

Escape the hustle of Dubai and experience the calm of the surrounding desert to satisfy your sense of adventure. Choose from a shared or private option, and enjoy legendary Lahbab hospitality. Start your adventure with a convenient pickup at your hotel and drive out to the wilderness by 4WD. Journey to the remote desert area of Lehbab, approximately 50 kilometers from Dubai city center. Marvel at the silky red sand and towering dunes. Hop on a camel to get a short ride or perhaps choose the optional quad bike experience. Head into the desert onboard your 4WD Land Cruiser as the vehicle slips and slides like a roller-coaster across the dunes. Try your hand at sandboarding, or just relax and take photos of the spectacular views of the sunset, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

2. Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

Embark on a cruise around Dubai to see its highlights from the water. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Blue Water Island. Cruise over to the Dubai Eye. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the Burj Al Arab. Enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on board, depending on the option chosen.   Receive a red-carpet welcome upon boarding your yacht. Juices and water will be available, and the crew will help you with any requirements. Spend quality time networking aboard the 64-foot vessel. Benefit from creature comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and 3 beautiful cabins with natural light. Take your seats in the lounge area with abundant sun and shade. 

Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma

3. Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma

Embark on an unforgettable day-to-evening journey across the Dubai Desert. Experience the thrill of driving through red sand dunes and feel the hospitality of a Bedouin desert camp, where you can partake in interactive cultural activities and feast on a delicious BBQ buffet. Drive out of the bustling city and into the peaceful desert aboard a 4-wheel drive vehicle. When you arrive, enjoy a relaxing rest stop and go on an optional quad bike ride.  Next, sit back and strap in for a dune bashing ride across the stunning red dunes of the Lehbab Desert. For an extra kick of adrenaline, get the chance to try out sandboarding. Continue to the Al Khayma Camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee, sweets, and dates. Say hello to the camp’s resident camels and, if you’d like, go on a 10-minute camel ride across the sand. During your time at the camp, you can smoke Shisha, do Henna painting, and meet the resident falcon expert and his loyal bird.  The buffet barbecue begins at sunset. While you eat, be entertained by traditional dances performed in the center stage. Finish your dinner on a high note with a tasting of various local desserts. As a final treat, the camp will go dark, giving you the opportunity to take in the peaceful ambience of a desert night before being returned to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

4. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

Discover the desert outside of Dubai on a guided dune bashing safari. Enjoy the opportunity to take part in a variety of optional activities including a quad bike ride, camel ride or dinner and entertainment with an extended tour option. You will be picked up from your hotel or selected location by your tour guide. Then, drive to the Dubai desert and after a short break, you can experience the thrilling dune bashing session with trained drivers. You can also try out sandboarding and snap some amazing photos of the rolling dunes. Proceed to the Al Khayma camp for the optional camel ride and included refreshments. The 7-hour tour participants will continue to enjoy some entertainment shows and have a delicious BBQ dinner at the camp. As the tour comes to an end you will be dropped back to your hotel/building.

Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

5. Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

Climb aboard a plush, glass-enclosed boat, and enjoy a dinner cruise of Dubai Marina, Ain Wheel, and JBR. Get the red carpet treatment from the moment you are welcomed on board with a complimentary drink to the minute you disembark at Dubai Marina. Wander around the boat’s two decks, including a glass-enclosed lower deck for optimum views, and an open-air upper deck to enjoy the breeze off the Persian Gulf. Dine from a delicious buffet of continental and oriental dishes, along with an excellent selection of juices and thirst quenchers. Relax to the sound of melodic music, designed to add a romantic touch to your evening. After dinner, retire to the outdoor terraces to make the most of the stunning views as you cruise back to the dock (estimated time of arrival 10:00 PM) at the end of the tour services. Sample Menu:  Salads  Asian Tuna Salad Fingerling Potatoes with honey-mayonnaise and forum vinegar Lebanese Fattoush salad with cucumber and tomato Hummus Fasolia Basil pesto pasta French dressing Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar Soup  Egyptian Lentil soup with spices and olive oil  Bread Selection  Artisan Bread rolls Arabic bread  Main course  Lamb Shepherd's pie Chicken with Mushroom Sauce  Grilled spice rubbed fish with lemon cream sauce Kadai Vegetables Rosemary roast potato with confit garlic cloves Singaporean vegetable noodles with kaffir lime Steamed basmati rice Live noodle station Live pasta cooking station Dessert Coconut Pudding Assorted cupcake Umm Ali Assorted seasonal fruit salad White forest cake Tea and Coffee

Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

6. Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

Explore the Dubai desert in the best ways possible: dune bashing in a Land Cruiser, on camelback, sandboarding, and with the option of enjoying a traditional Bedouin camp experience with a BBQ dinner and shows. After your pickup in Dubai, ride off into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle, sharing this thrilling adventure with family and friends. Experience dune bashing in a Land Cruiser and stop to try out sandboarding on the red dunes as well. Take photos of the brilliant desert sunset with your group at a Bedouin camp. Hop on a camel for a fun ride and try out henna painting in the evening. Sit back at a Bedouin camp and marvel at the entertainment of a traditional Tanura show and belly dancing performance. Savor the rich flavors of local food at a BBQ dinner with Arabic coffee, fresh dates, falafel, and shawarma.

Dubai: Mega Yacht Cruise with Buffet Dinner

7. Dubai: Mega Yacht Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Embark on a city sightseeing cruise of Dubai and indulge in a variety of flavors with your buffet dinner. Explore the mega yacht and sail past the most iconic sights that make up Dubai's skyline, including Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis Hotel. Depart from the Dubai Marina district and soak up the views. Cruise across Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Ferris Wheel, and towards the Atlantis Hotel situated in front of the famous Palm Jumeirah Island. Try the different canapes and food at live cooking stations by the yacht pool. Moving inside the main dining area, enjoy a wide selection of local and international flavors. Finally, return to the departure point where your cruise will finish.

Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

8. Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

See Dubai from the water on a adrenaline-filled speedboat tour. See Dubai's key landmarks in a unique and fun way as you cut through the waters from the marina to the beach. This thrilling round-trip journey departs from the famous Dubai Marina. The host has an office on the Marina where a red carpet awaits to greet you. Once you have checked in, your guide will run through a safety briefing, so please arrive 15 minutes early. Choose from a 90 minute full tour of the sights which will cruise through the marina up to Jumeirah Beach. From here, this unforgettable tour is full of great views and fun facts of all the coastline hotels, beaches, and of course Dubai's top landmarks, including:  • Dubai Marina • The Dubai Eye Wheel • Jumeriah Beach • The Harbour Project • The Huge Palm and its hotels • The Atlantis • Dubai Rulers Private Island • The Burj Al Arab

Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and More

9. Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and More

Explore the desert on this SUV tour from Dubai. Cruise up, down and through desert dunes in Land Cruiser. Drive an ATV over sand dunes before enjoying live entertainment and dinner at a Bedouin camp. Begin by exploring the desert and get a glimpse of the harshness and intensity of the desert sands. Later on, try dune bashing in a 4x4 Land Cruiser (which is fully equipped with all necessary safety features) and sandboarding on the silky red-sand dunes. Next up is the quad bike area, where you will receive a short briefing of safety instructions before enjoying the thrill of riding an ATV over the vast sands. Finally, relax in a traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you can indulge in activities like camel riding and henna painting. Enjoy being entertained by belly and folk dancers while eating a delicious barbecue dinner.

Dubai: Fountain Show and Burj Lake Ride by Traditional Boat

10. Dubai: Fountain Show and Burj Lake Ride by Traditional Boat

Marvel at the illuminations of Dubai Mall Fountain Show on a 30-minute cruise by "abra" water taxi. A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 feet in length (274 meters), the Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre (120,000 m2) Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. Climb aboard the traditional wooden boat on Burj Lake, and cruise past some of the city's most iconic monuments, such as the Burj Khalifa, Souk Al Bahar, and Palace. Admire the city's stunning skyline from the water, before you take your position for a grandstand view of the illuminations.  With only 6 people per boat, you are able to admire the visual spectrum of over 1,000 water expressions from an exclusive and intimate perspective.  Watch in awe as the fountains light up during a visual spectacle that features 6,000 lights, 25 colored projectors, and 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of airborne water! See a stunning choreography of light and water synced to classical, Arabic, and world music that will leave you breathless.

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Dubai boat tours: Everything you need to know

Sail along the marina on a boat tour in Dubai to see the city’s modern skyline. Or cross the Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow. Both experiences reveal what Dubai is best-known for: contrasts between old and new and a luxurious lifestyle.

Private boat tours in Dubai

Choose a private boat cruise if you prefer an independent sightseeing experience but still want the perks of a guided tour. While in Dubai it always seems like bigger is better, private boat cruises take a different approach.

Traveling with your other half? Consider a smaller boat cruise, like the Dubai Marina private boat tour, to include as part of your itinerary. In addition to a skipper, the boat has room for two people. On a 1-hour cruise, you'll get to see the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, or Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Private cruises for up to 10 people are a great option if you’re traveling with friends or family. In addition to sightseeing, most include stops for a swim in the Arabian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach. If your goal is to relax, choose a fixed duration cruise, like the 2-hour mini yacht ride from Dubai Marina.

Luxury dinner cruises in Dubai

Take in the sights while cruising and dining along the Dubai Creek. Depending on personal preference, travelers can choose between a dhow-style boat or something more contemporary. Whatever you decide, expect comfort, spectacular views, and a mix of local and international cuisine.

If you’re interested in Arabic delicacies, look for a menu with dishes like mutabel, fattoush, or shish taouk. The Deira Creek 5-star buffet dinner dhow cruise is an excellent option for traveling groups. The menu includes local dishes, salads, pasta, and vegetarian options.

Choose a dinner cruise with traditional Arabic entertainment if you're looking for an experience with a local feel. “Tanoura” and “youwla” folk dance performances are examples of what you can expect.

Traditional boat tours in Dubai

Locals use the traditional water taxis, called “abra," to cross the Dubai Creek. Looking for this type of experience? You can hop on one of these boats and travel on one or all of the four routes. Old Dubai truly comes alive on a guided tour. Opt for a one-hour tour on an “abra” if you’ve done most of the sightseeing. This way you can enjoy a trip on the Dubai Canal at sunset.

If you want a more general alternative, choose a walking guided tour that includes an "abra” cruise. Enjoy sites like the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, the souks (markets) of Old Dubai, and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House.

Speed boat tours in Dubai

Add a speedboat or jet ski tour to your must-do list. This is perfect if your itinerary in Dubai includes thrill-seeking experiences like skydiving or hitting all the rides at one of the theme parks. Duration ranges from 30 minutes to three hours.

Choose the jet ski option if you’ve driven these vehicles before. Even if you can only spare half an hour, it’s still a different way to see top attractions. Tours include an experienced escort and accommodate groups or couples.

Speedboat tours accommodate travelers who like the adrenaline pump but prefer sightseeing to driving. A great experience for group travelers, these tours have a balanced mix of speed and time to snap a photo of top attractions.

Helpful tips and good things to know for Dubai boat tours

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes but respect the semi-formal dress code on dinner cruises. On most of these cruises, expect non-alcoholic drinks only, unless they include a licensed bar.

Keep in mind that most boats don’t have room for luggage. This is important to know if you’re visiting Dubai on a layover or are planning to take a cruise before check-in at your hotel.

Are you traveling on a budget? You can choose to ride on the Dubai Ferry instead of a guided cruise. Although it's public transportation, the ferry routes take visitors into account. The boat goes by top attractions like the Dubai Marina and the Dubai Creek. Itineraries may change over time, so double check upon arrival in Dubai.



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What people are saying about Dubai

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Amazing Experience! Must do In Dubai! Rashid the Guide was super friendly & fun. Amazing photos took from Rashid! Thank you so much for the greatest experience & pick and drop off from our hotel Rashid! :) HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

It was So fun and the people there were all so helpful , I 100% recommend this trip it was worth every penny . Our guide Imran was also very fun and knowledgeable as he talked to us about famous landmarks .

Lala, great guide and driver looking after guests! 4x4 in great conditions, AC at all times, refreshments and place to rest. Camel ride was a nice experience on the edge of the dessert.

Amazing trip, the driver was very helpful and was very funny, Ahmed made our trip very pleasant and has extensive knowledge

Mithu, brilliant driver, great experience. I would highly recommend, a great value for money.