From Dubai: Red Dunes and Camel Safari with Overnight Camp

From Dubai: Red Dunes and Camel Safari with Overnight Camp

From US$ 119 per person

This is a safari for those who want to "live" the real desert life! Experience desert delights like dune bashing, camel riding, a barbecue dinner & dance shows and above all, stay overnight in a typical Bedouin tent with a sunrise camel trek & breakfast.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Small group
Limited to 18 participants
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 17 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from any hotels or apartments in Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman city limits, as well as the Cruise Port (Port Rashid). Pickup from Bab Al shams, Jebel Ali, Sport-Motor city, and Al Maha resort is available for an additional fee.

Experience

Highlights
  • Stay overnight in the desert in a Bedouin tent
  • Experince Sleeping on Nawar Bed (Bedouin style bed)
  • Take an exciting dune bashing drive thru the red dunes
  • Improve your surfing skills with desert sandboarding
  • Eat a barbecue dinner whilst entertained with shisha, henna, tanoura and belly dancing
  • View a desert sunrise with an early morning camel caravan
Full description
After being collected from your hotel in a comfortable 4WD Land Cruiser, you will journey for approximately 60 minutes to the Lahbab desert. Once at the desert, you will take 20 minutes to break before your safari starts. You can either relax here, or opt to go for a quad-bike ride while your vehicle for the off-road dune drive is prepared. You will then go for a dune bashing ride that lasts 30-45 minutes, where you can feel peculiar excitement as your Land Cruiser climbs up and slides down the sand dunes. Following this, you can try the adventure sport of sand boarding. Stand on the wooden board provided, balance yourself and glide down over the sands. After sand boarding, you will head to Al Khayma, a Bedouin type campsite, where you will be lead to your own tent (Khayma) inside the camp. After settling in here, you can taste Gahwa (Arabic coffee), Gaymat (sweets) and dates as a sign of welcome. You will then go for a camel ride around the camp premises, and depending on the time and luck, view the sunset over the desert. Back at Al Khayma Camp, you can spend your time shisha smoking and henna painting. You can put on local Arabian cloth and pose for photos with a falcon, and at the camp center stage, a Tanoura dance will be performed. You will soon be invited for a lavish buffet dinner full of barbecue dishes, whilst at the stage, a belly dancer will keep you entertained. Following dinner, you will be taken by camel back to a nearby camp area where a fire will be arranged for you. You will then be given a demonstration session on how to make Arabic coffee/tea, whilst you relax in the night sitting by the campfire, enjoying the silence of the desert and the dark sky above. Your desert guide will add to the fun with interesting desert stories, and when it’s time to sleep, you will return to the camp. You will retire back to your tent for a comfortable sleep atop a Nawar bed (Bedouin-style bed), complete with a pillow and blanket. The following morning, wake up 15 minutes before sunrise to witness that spectacular view. Your guide will take you to the desert with a camel caravan that is waiting outside the camp. You will go camel trekking for about 15-20 minutes, capturing the nice view of the sunrise over the sand dunes. After camel trekking, you will return to your tent before eating a freshly cooked Arabian breakfast. Later, you will be driven back to Dubai and dropped off at your accommodation.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at your selected hotel location (please note that the pickup service is not available from the Naif and Al Sabkha area)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned Land Cruiser
  • Cold mineral water in the vehicle during transfers
  • English-speaking licensed driver
  • Dune bashing (30-45 minutes)
  • Sandboarding
  • Sunset photo stop
  • Camel feeding
  • Al Khayma Desert Camp visit
  • Gaymat (Sweets), Gahwa (Coffee) and dates upon arrival to camp
  • Henna painting for ladies and falcon experience photos
  • Shisha pipe (hubble-bubble flavor)
  • Shared camp, as per your selected option
  • Tanoura and belly dancing show
  • Unlimited water and soft drinks
  • Barbecue dinner with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options
  • Overnight stay in Bedouin tent
  • Night desert guide
  • Rogag (Arabic bread) & Chai (Arabic Tea) at night
  • Nawar bed (Bedouin style bed)
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Shower room facility without towels
  • Morning Camel trekking (15-20 minutes)
  • Morning Arabic breakfast
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Quad bike/dune buggy activities (optional)
  • Towels
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The duration of the tour will be between 17-18 hours depending on the season, sunrise and city traffic
  • Infants (below 3 years old) are not allowed in the car during the shared dune bashing
  • By law, pregnant women and those who have heart, back, or neck problems cannot take part in dune bashing
  • Tanoura and belly dancing are unavailable during the following holidays: March 22, April 23 to May 23 (Ramadan), July 30, August 20, October 29, 2020 (dates may vary depending on UEA lunar calendar)
  • Only a small handbag is allowed during the tour as it is not possible to keep big luggage in the vehicle during the Dunes Bashing
  • Casual, loose-fitting clothing is recommended in the summer, along with a jacket in the winter
  • Overnight stay in Bedouin tent is not air-conditioned
  • Not recommended to bring valuables
  • 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 287 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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I highly recommend this experience with Ocean Air, everything was beyond expectations, lot of activities were included in the price, great great deal for what they offer. Mansoor, our tour guide also took the experience to a whole other level. he is such a great person and friendly and funny and great filmaker and photographer. He took amazing shots of us to commemorate the moments. the food, the camel rides, the shows, the welcome tea and Arabian coffee on point. The shisha with the stars was great and sleeping in the tent and being covered with camel blankets was such an experience following with fresh breakfast. Book this experience and if you can get Mansoor you will be lucky...

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January 26, 2021

This was a lovely trip. Our guide, Naveed, was wonderful: friendly, warm, good sense of humour, encouraging and informative. The fire show was really mesmerising. Sleeping over in the tent was quite special... but, unfortunately, I would recommend against it. The inside of the tent is just beautiful. Very rustic and visually rich interior. It was, however, difficult to sleep through the night for two reasons. First, it was quite cold throughout the night, so bring very warm layers. Second, it was very noisy as our neighbours were very loud tourists. Some of the staff were also speaking rather loudly as they passed our tent. I would recommend in the future that the camp organisers spread out the guests so that their tents are not right next to each other while they sleep, if it's possible. I'd also recommend that the staff are quite around the tents after 10pm. Since we had to wake up at 6am for sunrise camel rides, 10pm seems like a fair curfew for "quiet time".

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January 18, 2021

I would like to thank all the team from OceanAir Travels that have organized this trip and make it memorable. Particularly I would like to thank Amer Abbas who has been our driver and guide. He has share with us interesting facts about the UAE and was always helpful and friendly. Thank you all again. It was really memorable for me and my mom :)

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January 1, 2021

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