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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Red Dune Bashing in Dubai Including Desert Camp Experience with BBQ Dinner

From $40.84

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 to 7 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a dune drive across the red sands outside Dubai while exploring the desert by 4WD vehicle. You’ll experience the thrill of dune bashing, sandboarding, and a camel ride. Upgrade your 4-Hour morning or afternoon adventure to a 7-hour and linger for a scenic sunset, with the addition of a barbecue dinner at a Bedouin-style desert camp. You’re treated like a VIP with belly dancing, henna, and other entertainment.
  • Get an adrenaline rush while dune bashing in Lahbab desert for 30-40 minutes
  • Enjoy camel rides, sandboarding, and photo ops from the highest desert dunes
  • Treat your eyes with live entertainment showcasing Tanura & Belly Dance
  • Savor delicious BBQ and local cuisine buffet (veg & non-veg)
  • Choose from 4-hour or longer 7-hour all-inclusive tour

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Pickup from any hotel or location within Dubai city Port Rashid (cruise terminal) is included in the tour. Pickup from Jabel Ali, Dubai Investments Park, Sharjah, Ajman will be available on request for an additional cost based on your location. Guests must be ready for pickup 45 minutes before tour start time. Please wait in your hotel lobby for pickup Pickup time may change during the summer season according to sunset timing. Guests are contacted via email for the pickup schedule. Guests can contact the activity provider through WhatsApp number for further assistance available at the voucher page.

What To Expect

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 upgrade 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.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Quad biking segment is solely the participant’s responsibility. Guests are recommended to take precautions when driving as any damage, injuries sustained, or items lost during quad biking are not covered by insurance.
  • Tour program may change during religious holidays (e.g. Ramadan, Eid). Belly dance shows and alcohol may be cancelled on such occasions. The rest of the program will remain the same.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Our tour guide, Mohammad was great- very welcoming & accommodating… we were picked up at the lobby of our hotel at 8am sharp and we were done by 12noon. Highly recommend for anyone who's short on time but still wants to experience “original Dubai” aka the desert as described by Mohammad. We started off w a short camel ride, then proceeded with dune bashing (which Mohammad curated a playlist for to set the tone) and once in the middle of the desert, we got out of the car and continued w sand boarding.


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Excellent 🔝
Stelios_N, Feb 2024
Excellent experience. If you have a day free, it is worth it. Ibrahim was top driver and really helpful.
Very good
Lauren_L, Feb 2024
The tour guide was very good and the car was excellent. The dune bashing was lots of fun and had plenty of time sand surfing. Lots of people trying to sell you stuff though.
The driver was very kind,...
Jorge_S, Feb 2024
The driver was very kind, nothing against him. But the way they have organised the experience is somehow a tourist trap. A lot of time blocked in the car and not much experience.
Fantastic fun
Michael_P, Feb 2024
Great experience all round … thanks to our guide/ driver Awais for making it highly entertaining 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👌👌👌👌👌
Fantastic experience
Daniel_S, Feb 2024
Nawaz was fantastic. Great guide and really looked after us. Took some great pictures of us too. Thanks!
Great experience
Hammad_S, Feb 2024
Very excited very good service friendly staff guide each and everyone everything I would recommend only u people
Quite funny , a real...
Mihai_A, Feb 2024
Quite funny , a real exerience All of you can try it , but is not for people with bad hart For us was amaizing
Was a lovely experience...
Varsha_V, Feb 2024
Was a lovely experience like a a roller coaster in the sand Was a good experience but could have been longer in the dunes more time was spent at the camp site first instead
Not a comfortable experience
Hrishikesh_J, Feb 2024
We had to wait for a long time ( 2 hours) to start the dune bashing. The ride to the dune bashing and camp was not comfortable. The space in the car was crammed and being a 6’1 inch tall guy, I couldn’t sit comfortably throughout the trip. I do not recommend this to anyone
Really poor experience....
Mak_V, Feb 2024
Really poor experience. The driver was late and forced to join extra charged activities. Beside, there was no camel riding.
Fun and emotions for a different day in Dubai
Consuelo_S, Feb 2024
Very nice experience, our guide was really kind and helpful, the different activities were funny and interesting; our kids (5 & 11 yo) had a great time with the quad, the dune bashing and at the camp. I recommend for living a different day during your holidays in Dubai
It was a memorable...
Biswajit_D, Feb 2024
It was a memorable experience. The guide was professional, soft speaking and knowledgeable. The over all arrangement was good. The vehicle for pick up was on time. Overall a good experience by booking through Viator.
10/10, 5⭐️
Sheena_P, Feb 2024
10/10! Amazing experience and our tour guide was phenomenal. I wish I remembered his name. I went on 2/10 and it by far was the best experience thus far. The tour guide took the excursion from 5⭐️s to 10! Only regret I have is not having money for a tip. There is so much to do, you won’t be disappointed. Beware of ppl trying to sell you stuff tho. They tried to charge $100 aed for a scarf which is a COMPLETE ripoff. Just bring your own if you have one but definitely not needed. It was more for picture purposes. I hope this review helps 🤎.
Amazing experience, we all liked it!
Simone_V, Feb 2024
We all enjoyed the tour a lot! We were a family of 2 adults, 2 teens and 1 toddler. Our guide Abdul, picked us up earlier than we thought, so that we managed to escape the crowd. Very good value for money, if you stick to the activities provided. The extras are quite expensive but super fun (we went to the desert with the quads). We liked the dinner as well, it was a rich buffet, very tasty (and we don’t eat meat). The atmosphere at the dinner camp was very relaxing and we enjoyed 3 shows. Shisha was included in the price, unless you wanted it at the table. Everyone was very professional. Lovely and fun experience!
Memories are made and ypu have no regrets.
Micah_M, Feb 2024
The camel ride, dune buggy, shows and my tour guide. HE loves his job and made the riding so much fun. He was encouraging when I was a little skeptical about doing the events.
Perfect morning
Darko_K, Feb 2024
We enjoied very much. A trip to remmember. Reccommend the trip when comming to Dubai. We took 4 hour trip and could rest by the pool in the afternoon.
Fantastic Experience
liyana87, Feb 2024
Our desert safari experience was fantastic! Our guide and driver Zafar was also very good! Highly recommend this!
Fun in the Arabian Sun
Jesse_S, Feb 2024
Sand Boarding is the way to go. Lots of fun. Drive was beautiful and fun. Awesome views of the Arabian Desert just outside of Dubai.
A Wonderful Evening in the Desert
Nidia_W, Feb 2024
Everything about the Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari was amazing. This trip far exceeded my expectations and was a great value!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Nidia_W, Greetings from Dream Journey. Absolutely thrilled to hear you had a fantastic time on our desert tour safari! Thank you immensely for taking the time to share your experience. It's incredibly rewarding to know that you enjoyed the adventure and the beauty of the desert with us. Your kind words mean a lot and inspire us to continue providing exceptional experiences to all our visitors. We can't wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable journey through the desert! Kind Regards, Kent Lavarez Dream Journey CSR
Beware of what is on the list - check carefully
Anindya_C, Feb 2024
I booked in a hurry and didn’t see the details carefully .. my 4.5hr trip did not include the quad/ATV ride! There they said I can buy for AED250 - which made no sense .. so I just had to wait there doing nothing for 30-40mins. Rest of the stuff was all good - the camel ride and the dune bashing (awesome!) and the sand boarding/surfing. I am not sure how they could sell a tour where they did not include the ATV and expected the tourist to just wait and waste around … I called them from the spot and they couldn’t help … so beware of what is on the list - check carefully Because of the ATV disappointment I would rate them 3.5 … rest was all good …
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Anindya_C, Greetings from Dream Journey, We hope this message finds you well and excited for your upcoming safari desert tour with us. We appreciate your booking and would like to inform you about a detail regarding your reservation. Upon reviewing your reservation details, we noticed that the quad bike experience is not included in your current package. We sincerely apologize for any confusion. We want to ensure that your desert safari experience is everything you've envisioned, and we appreciate your understanding. We look forward to providing future guest with a memorable and enjoyable adventure. Kind Regards, Kent Lavarez Dream Journey CSR

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