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

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

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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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
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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

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.
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dream Journey Tourism
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.
What is the policy on sanitization during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.
What is the social distancing policy during Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Red Dune Desert Safari: Camel Ride, Sandboarding & BBQ Options.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Not worth it for the camel nor for the people." See review
  • "When you get to the main camp the camel riding, henna and falconry are optional." See review


1,660 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Dubai Red Sand Dune experience
, Dec 2021
Farid our Guide was excellent went the extra mile to assist with everyone. He got us to the sun dunes to spend lots of time taking pictures of sunset. We dud the Quad bike rinding, the sand board g and camel riding. He got us to the Camp to see all the shows. Will recommend this experience to anyone coming to Dubai , value for money with all the trims. Added bonus is the English speaking guide.
Disappointed is how I would describe our experience.
, Dec 2021
Tour was Nov 2021 We were picked up never provided the cold water in the car. Then arrive at the location where people rent the ATV. We had 4 in our group and one solo traveller was with us. He wanted to rent the atv which was extra cost. We were told 30-45 minutes. But because this wasnt pre-arranged we ended up waiting over 1hour and 30 minutes. With nothing to do in that area just waiting for the 5th person. (he also paid 300 dirham for 25 minutes worth of riding - he was dissapointed). Because of this delay we were late for the sand dunes, sunset. We arrived in the sand dunes and the sand boarding was 2 boards with a line up of over 20 cars full of tourist so you only get to go once, they didnt even let you strap in to do it standing properly. Because of the delay we had less than 10 minutes for the sunset photos and barely saw it. Then we were late for dinner and camel ride which they almost forgot to give to us We did the came ride in the dark were not given opportunity to take photos on the camels. Then we went back to our table where now there was no starter left. The meal was meh overall, show was good your typical tourist show. We were then rushed after the meal didnt even have time to have coffee. Also it was described as arabic coffee but it was instant coffee from a jar that looked like nescafe Overall the items included were not included or poor experiences. Would not recommend or redo
Most amazing experience in dubai
, Dec 2021
Most amazing thing we did in dubai! Said Ahm ed was amazing, try and request him if you can!jj He picked us up from another location when we ran late! He literally did a professional photo shoot for us. He was definitely the best driver out of all drivers. As very informative about everything. Not expensive at all and so worth the experience. 5 stars in not enough. Something you will always rember
1 traveler found this review helpful
Family trip red dune
, Dec 2021
Me and my family enjoyed the tour very well. We had a lot of fun. Javed was a Great guy and knows how to drive in the desert.
Desert sun set
, Dec 2021
Ibrahim was a pleasant and knowledgeable guide! The experience was amazing! From start to finish he ensured we were having a great experience.
Very nice and talented...
, Dec 2021
Very nice and talented guide, he was so skillful at driving in the Dunes, good program with many activities but need to give attention on the cleanness of toilets in the camp!
, Nov 2021
Dream Journey is the BEST! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to do a desert safari. I saw other tour guides/companies while we were there but Saed Khan is literally THE BEST you can have. I am sending everyone I know to him and definitely coming back again!!
Excellent Guide & highly recommended.
, Nov 2021
We availed the safari w/o dinner option. Right from the beginning from the time Najeeb (our tour guide) picked us up from our hotel and drop he was an excellent guide. Very patient, helpful and an excellent driver. The entire safari experience was a memorable one for us. Thank you Najeeb for making us feel so comfortable.
Fun in the desert sun!
, Nov 2021
We heard that this excursion was a must see during our visit to Dubai, and it definitely did not disappoint. The desert was gorgeous, especially during the sunset. Try the sandboarding (it's worth it), and the camel ride and BBQ/show were wonderful, especially getting outside of the very metropolitan city of Dubai. But the sand bashing was the best, and our amazing guide, Nasir, made the excursion so fun. His driving made the experience, not to mention his photography skills.. he took pictures of us in the desert that look professional! I couldn't believe how well they came out..request him if you're able!
Exiting experience
, Nov 2021
One of my greatest experiences ever 👌The guide was unbelievable 🤩 For a cheap price the fun was at maximum level.

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