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Dubai Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner provided by Desert Gate Tourism L.L.C.

Dubai Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

Dubai Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner
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Recommended by 91% of travellers
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Tour snapshot
Experience Dubai’s desert in one, hassle-free tour
Duration:
6h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
6
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Inexperienced drivers heading into Dubai’s desert without a guide (not recommended) will probably miss out on activities such as camel rides and dune bashes. Get the very best of the desert all rolled into one on this single, afternoon-and-evening experience. After a dune bash, try sandboarding, camel riding, and more before dinner and live entertainment at a Bedouin-inspired camp. Round-trip transport is included for maximum comfort and convenience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Full line-up of desert activities, like dune bash, camel ride, and more
  • Enjoy an Arabian Nights-style dinner with live entertainment
  • Convenient round-trip 4WD transport from your Dubai hotel
What to expect
After an afternoon pickup at your Dubai hotel, head into the desert wilds in a comfortable, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Take in the empty sands and go off-road for a roller-coaster ride around the high dunes. Hold tight as your driver takes you over the slopes, pausing at the top before slipping back down the shifting sands. Stop at the highest dune to view the sunset before continuing to a Bedouin-style campsite. Hop out here for an afternoon and evening of desert activities and entertainments. Go sandboarding, ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, don Arabian robes for a souvenir photo, and try an optional puff on a shisha (Arabic water pipe). Stay refreshed with sodas, water, tea, and coffee; and later, feast on a barbecue buffet dinner. As you relax, enjoy belly dancing and tanoura (whirling dervish) shows under the stars before a convenient return transfer to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Full line-up of desert activities, like dune bash, camel ride, and more
  • Enjoy an Arabian Nights-style dinner with live entertainment
  • Convenient round-trip 4WD transport from your Dubai hotel
What to expect
After an afternoon pickup at your Dubai hotel, head into the desert wilds in a comfortable, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Take in the empty sands and go off-road for a roller-coaster ride around the high dunes. Hold tight as your driver takes you over the slopes, pausing at the top before slipping back down the shifting sands. Stop at the highest dune to view the sunset before continuing to a Bedouin-style campsite. Hop out here for an afternoon and evening of desert activities and entertainments. Go sandboarding, ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, don Arabian robes for a souvenir photo, and try an optional puff on a shisha (Arabic water pipe). Stay refreshed with sodas, water, tea, and coffee; and later, feast on a barbecue buffet dinner. As you relax, enjoy belly dancing and tanoura (whirling dervish) shows under the stars before a convenient return transfer to your hotel.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 19101P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Pick-up and drop off, Dune drive & Sunset watch
  • Camel rides & Sand boarding
  • Henna painting & Shisha (hubbly bubbly) corner
  • Full buffet dinner, Unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea
  • Shawerma station & Arabic bread station
  • Photo opportunities in traditional Arabic costumes
  • Belly dance show & Traditional tannora dance
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All Hotels around Dubai , and private residences
  • Ports:
  • Port Rashid
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour is not recommended for people with cardiac problems or people with neck or back problems
  • If there is a kid under 4 years old then a private car must be booked (6 adults)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If there is a kid under 4 years old then a private car must be booked (6 adults)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Pick-up and drop off, Dune drive & Sunset watch
  • Camel rides & Sand boarding
  • Henna painting & Shisha (hubbly bubbly) corner
  • Full buffet dinner, Unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea
  • Shawerma station & Arabic bread station
  • Photo opportunities in traditional Arabic costumes
  • Belly dance show & Traditional tannora dance
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All Hotels around Dubai , and private residences
  • Ports:
  • Port Rashid
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour is not recommended for people with cardiac problems or people with neck or back problems
  • If there is a kid under 4 years old then a private car must be booked (6 adults)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If there is a kid under 4 years old then a private car must be booked (6 adults)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
195 reviews
Excellent
163
Very good
15
Average
5
Poor
3
Terrible
9

Yulia C
St. Petersburg, Russia2 contributions
Family
On June 10, we visited this excursion, chose the VIP package, the price is not much higher than the usual package, but you will definitely get more comfort and attention! Better to pay extra and enjoy. I was in this desert in 2012 on a regular package, so this time we decided to take it better. And they did not regret it! We stayed at the Atlantis hotel, our personal guide and driver Hatim came for us! He is very very attentive, he told everything, showed. When we arrived at the village itself, he explained everything to us, approached, asked if he liked everything. Placed us in a vip booth. The waiters brought food all the time! There was a lot of it! Starting from salads and appetizers, ending with meat and desserts! A girl came up and applied a drawing with henna. Then they brought a hookah! And all this is included in the VIP package. But there is a bar card, you pay for it separately, if you order alcohol, you pay there. Payment by card is slightly higher. If in cash, then the price is the same as indicated on the menu. And what is important for girls, Hatim constantly takes pictures and films. Himself proposes and shoots with your camera or phone! Thanks to him, we have sooooo many photos and videos! This is so precious! Plus, I can't help but note, he has incredibly fantastic blue eyes! A very pleasant and courteous man who presents himself with dignity! I highly recommend this excursion! A regular package cost AMD 1,500, and vip 2,000.
Written 10 June 2021
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Sunrise7424
Burton, TX179 contributions
This tour was one of the highlights of our vacation. We had 7 people in our group traveling in two Toyota Land Cruisers. Our first stop was optional and required an additional fee to ride atvs in the dessert. Next, we headed to the camp and went dune bashing on the way and watched the sunset. Once at the camp, optional activities before our show and bbq dinner included camel back riding, dune sledding, and henna for the ladies. The show consisted of three different types of traditional dances. The meal was served as a buffet of local Emirati dishes and was excellent!
Written 29 November 2021
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Scott H
2 contributions
Couples
Hatim was an amazing tour guide and did a great job taking us through the desert. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great. Highly recommend going with an established company as we passed many cars stuck in the sand from other companies. The VIP experience was well worth it.
Written 3 June 2021
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Caroline R
Deerfield Beach, FL32 contributions
The only reason I gave this 3 stars instead of 5 was because our guide picked us up 45 minutes late from our hotel because the couple he picked up before us was late getting ready at their hotel. They never updated us and we had trouble finding out what the delay was. In my opinion they should have a no show time limit and cancellation policy for guests that are late for their pick up time as it’s unfair to the other guests when you choose a group safari. This is especially important for the afternoon safari when you are racing to make it to the desert in time for the sunset. As a result, we missed the caravan and did not get as much time dune bashing as we would have liked. Regardless, it was still our favorite activity of the whole trip and they gave us a complimentary glass of wine with apologies. The driver did a great job dune bashing and while we missed the peregrine falcon show we did have time for a quick camel back ride and sand surfing before the buffet opened up and the show started. The camp was very well put together with an authentic Arabian feel; free henna tattoos, shisha, and delicious buffet! The belly dancer wasn’t the most talented but the show was entertaining as you sat beneath the stars on traditional cushions and a large woven rug.
Written 22 January 2021
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Sarah B
12 contributions
I traveled with friends in a soon after COVID restrictions were easing up so we had no idea what to expect (booked trip in advance and just didn't cancel). The SUVs we were picked up in were all very clean and the driver wore his mask appropriately. He was very friendly telling us about things as we passed them as well as information on the towns/villages we passed through. When we got to the dunes it was a wild ride that was 100% worth the ride out to the desert! We even paused mid-way through the ride for a photo op and our guide took some amazing photos for us. After the exhilarating trek to the camp site we were welcomed with a falcon show, camel rides, and tea/coffee. The following dancers, hookah, and dinner were the finale to a great afternoon away from the city. Absolutely recommend Desert Gate tours for anyone venturing to Dubai!
Written 24 June 2021
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Chaitanya
Bengaluru, India1 contribution
A trip to uae isn't complete without witnessing the desert and a ride on the sand dunes. We were lucky enough to get one booking on our last day in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to the Kevin and his organiser who could plan our desert safari in last minute as late a 3pm in the afternoon when the car is actually departed from the first pickup, excellent coordination between the teams.

All you would need to do is just board the car and sit back relaxed. Kevin is not just to drive us there but also is a good guide and photographer :) He is quite interactive, knows well about the routes and terrain and most importantly how to get the most of his Toyota land cruiser on the sand dunes. The first stop after pickup was at an Adnoc fuel station, a brief one for a 5 min relax and then we head out to see the camels 🐫 🐫 We were lucky here to to witness a baby camel birth. Here we waited for the other two land cruisers to join us. It was an excellent and amazing ride over the sand dunes and the sight of cars going in front and behind also gives us astonishing feel for the ride. Then we went to The desert gate where there were falcon show, a camel ride, sand surfing to do. We were welcomed with arabic special tea and palm dates. We could try the local costumes and wife could get a mehandi art. There was a belly dance show and another dance show. The buffet was awesome too which had options for all and then we ended the day with star gazing for a while. Anything not mentioned above are charged extra and beware of people wanting to sell their services at extra costs, know what's in the plan to avoid bad surprises :)

It was in the end a wonderful memory for us and I would recommend anyone visiting Abu Dhabi to have a half day reserved by default for this tour and call up Kevin to have this wonderful memory yours ! Enjoy tripping !
Written 31 January 2020
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Dear, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us hope to see you back soon in UAE :) please let us know if any services are needed in the future. Regards, Akram Hajjar Desert Gate Tourism
Written 23 March 2020
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Smriti C Sapkota
2 contributions
Family
We found Desert Gate Safari through our hotel help desk. We had requested a private safari and Yousef provided us an excellent Desert safari. It was an one hour drive to the desert from our hotel and Yousef kept us enthusiastic with his friendly conversation. He was super friendly and patient with our kids. Yousef indeed is incredibly knowledgable and gave us a fantastic evening. We learnt about history, culture and much more. Camel ride, cultural dance, henna art, falcon show and a delicious dinner with BBQ was included.
Highly recommended.
Written 5 July 2022
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jhaake
Charlotte, NC9 contributions
Our group of 6 took a trip to Dubai this past week (June, 2021), and had an amazing time! As one of our excursions to see other parts of the region, we came across one that took us to the next Emirate, Sharjan and into the Al Awir Desert.

The Desert Gate is an enclosed, oasis style venue setup for hookah, drinks, dinner and entertainment. The belly dancing be my personal favorite of the night. Our guides came to pick us up at our hotels in Toyota Land Cruisers at the Atlantis and proceeded to drive us to the location.

At the edge of the desert, we stopped to get the vehicles ready for what was completely unexpected, but soooooooooo damnnn fun! If you are one for fun dune driving, this is right up your alley! We drove up and over dunes, loving the fun of the sand slopes and rises and sand being spun up in the air. Sincerely the thrill I been needing and the portion of our group that was with the drive was in the lead and we only encouraged him to go faster! =D

Once we got to the Gateway, we stopped for a show outside, lots of pictures and settled in for the evening with fresh grilled vegetables, meats, rice and a later, a full belly.

The full experience was so amazing, our guide was super personable and great to spend the day with and learn more about the region and the culture. I highly recommend this excursion or the others offered by this company!!!

Cheers
Written 22 June 2021
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Alice R
3 contributions
Highly recommended. Yes, it’s a very ‘touristy’ thing to do but it gave us and our three boys an insight into Dubai beyond the bling, the sports cars, the skyscrapers… We booked through our hotel (Sofitel the Palm) and were lucky to have an immensely interesting and knowledgeable driver, Zahid, who was full of fascinating information about Dubai and the UAE as a whole.

The dune-bashing was the highlight for our boys, but we also much enjoyed the falconry display and the camel ride.
Written 20 December 2021
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E N
3 contributions
Family
It was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide/driver's name - Hatim, experienced driver, very funny, entertaining and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed tge Dune bashing, falcon show and bbq dinner. Hatim was professional and made sure we got all we needed. I am going back to Dubai with my friends and I will request him specifically.
Written 24 June 2021
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