1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Dubai
  3. Al Khayma Desert Camp

Dubai: Fossil Red Dunes & Camel Rock Safari with BBQ

Product ID: 121428
Experience the thrill of dune-bashing and sandboarding on this desert safari. Visit the famous Fossil and Camel rocks, enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner and also take part in a sunset camel ride at Al Khayma Camp.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
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Pickup included

Pickup and drop-off are available to and from Port Rashid, and hotels and apartments within Dubai. Pickup and drop-off is available to Bab Al Shams, Jebel Ali, Sport-Motor City, and Al Maha Resort at an additional cost, otherwise a nearby meeting point can be arranged.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Marvel at the Fossil Rocks, which was a seabed 80 million years ago
  • Test your courage with sand surfing on the desert dunes
  • Feel the thrills and chills of red dunes bashing drive
  • Enjoy a barbecue dinner in a Bedouin desert camp
  • Take part in an evening camel trek with splendid sunset views
Full description
Following a hotel pick-up, head out from Dubai in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle for your Fossil & Camel rocks safari. On the way learn some fascinating facts about the Fossil Rocks from your guide. Upon arrival, take a short break (20-25 minutes) in the rest area, making use of bathroom facilities, relax, and if you’d like to, go for an optional Quad Biking nearby.

Red dunes adventure time; as soon as your 4x4 is ready, proceed for a dune bashing drive. Feel the excitement mounts as your safari driver rides the 4x4 over those steep dunes for 35-45 minutes. Marvel the sights of Fossil and Camel rocks. For more thrills take a sandboarding ride on the desert dunes. 

Next, drive to Al Khayma camp in Dubai desert. Get seated in your own Khayma and experience the Arabic culture and hospitality by having Arabic coffee, dates and sweets. It’s then time for an evening camel ride — enjoy the beautiful views while riding across the desert terrains. Head back to camp where you can experience henna body painting, smoke a shisha pipe to get into the Bedouin spirit, put on an Arabic costume, get a photo of yourself with a falcon on your hand, and be entertained by the traditional Tanoura dance on stage. Once you've worked up an appetite, you will then enjoy a barbecue buffet dinner followed by desserts, before watching the Belly dance shows later on. 

You will then be driven back to your hotel/accommodation at the end of the tour.

  • Pickup and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle (Land Cruiser/Jeep)
  • Licensed safari driver
  • Dune bashing
  • Sandboarding
  • Henna painting
  • A short camel ride (repeatable)
  • Camel feeding
  • Al Khayma Desert Camp visit
  • Shisha pipe
  • Tanura and belly dance show
  • Unlimited water and soft drinks
  • BBQ meal
  • Arabian makeover and photo with Falcon
What’s Not Included
  • Quad Bike (optional and your safari guide will help you to get it)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• Duration of the tour includes pickup and drop-off, pickup not available from the Naif and Al Sabkha areas
• Drop-off time may vary
• Pregnant women & those with back/neck pain may not participate
• Infants under 3 years old are not allowed in the car during dune bashing. Please book a private option so they can participate without dune bashing
• The Fossil Rock Dunes are extremely high and are not recommended for people who get car sick or are over 60 years old.
• Please do not eat for 3 hours before the tour
• Tanoura and belly dancing are unavailable during the following holidays: March 22, April 23 to May 23, July 30, August 20, October 29, 2020 (dates may vary depending on UEA lunar calendar)
• Please note that if your skin is sensitive to henna, it is advised not to do it
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 973 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I enjoyed it with my family! ! There were six people including two French people. I arrived at the destination in about 45 minutes, took a break for about 30 minutes, and if I wanted, I could ride a single or two-seater motorcycle in the desert, but I stopped because it was expensive. Then finally to the desert! The danger is a bit high, so you always have to work with two cars. The driver was good at driving, up and down, thrilling, and the inside of the car was lively. We got off at two photo spots, and the driver took a picture with our smartphone in a matter of seconds so that he could grab the sun and eat it! The jumped photo was very good and he was a good driver. I could choose to stand or sit on the sandboard, but the kids did it twice, and we had to come up on their own once, so we did it once, but even watching the video made us laugh. I moved to a tent and rode camels in the desert at sunset, and fed my children's camels. Dinner is BBQ after having fun with Abaya, shooti

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February 29, 2020

An excellent desert trip . Amazing views , adrenalin pumped dune bashing , dreamlike camel rock view , ending with a beautiful arabian bbq dinner with artistic dancing and other flavors of Arabia. Thank you To our guide Medo. Very professional dune bashing driver and very well experienced . He took great care for our comfort and was an excellent host for the evening . Thank you

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February 20, 2020

It was a very well organized event from pick up to drop off. Before the day of the event I’ve revived a message with information about the event that included the menu for the bbq, time of pick up, tips for safe sandbarding etc. I found this to be very useful. I got picked up at the scheduled time. We picked up others along the way. Then proceeded to the meeting point that was about hr drive. At the meeting point there was quad ride option for those that were interested. At first I wasn’t going to ride but decided to do so... I am glad I did! It was a lot of fun. Each couple/ person had a personal guide which made it more fun and it catered to comfort levels. After we did the sand bashing and sand boarding. Our driver Omar was amazing. He was very attentive to the group, helping with pictures, providing information and above all excellent driver. Omar made it exciting and at the same time it was very safe. The camp activities were very well organized and the food was tasty and plenty

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February 9, 2020

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Product ID: 121428