Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Tours & Packages

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Group Evening Desert Safari Tour

Group Evening Desert Safari Tour

  • Group Evening Desert Safari Tour Daily available
  • Group Evening Desert Safari Tour All inclusive with dinner
  • Group Evening Desert Safari Tour 6 hours with 4x4 return transfer

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Written By Arabiers Digital & Reviewed by Gerard Micheal

Update on January 10, 2024 | 13 min read

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Popular Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Tours

We curated Abu Dhabi best popular desert tours and package together to create amazing Abu Dhabi memories. Pick your Abu Dhabi city tours with quad bike, buggy, sand boarding, live shows, camel riding, overnight camping, belly dancing or private desert dinner option and safaris in abu dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style
Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style8 hours
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style Flexible & Free cancellation
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style Safety Verified
1690AED
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Abu Dhabi Sunrise Desert safari
Abu Dhabi Sunrise Desert safari
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style8 hours
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style Flexible & Free cancellation
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style Safety Verified
390AED
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Abu Dhabi Morning desert safari
Abu Dhabi Morning desert safari
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style8 hours
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style Flexible & Free cancellation
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Dinner in Style Safety Verified
360AED
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Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari
Abu Dhabi Evening desert safari
  • Abu Dhabi Evening desert safari8 hours
  • Abu Dhabi Evening desert safari Flexible & Free cancellation
  • Abu Dhabi Evening desert safari Safety Verified
189AED
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Abu Dhabi Camel Trekking Tour
Abu Dhabi Camel Trekking Tour
  • Abu Dhabi Camel Trekking Tour8 hours
  • Abu Dhabi Camel Trekking TourFlexible & Free cancellation
  • Abu Dhabi Camel Trekking TourSafety Verified
390AED
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Sunset Quad Bike Safari with 4x4 tour
Abu Dhabi Sunset Quad Bike Safari with 4x4 tour
  • Liwa Overnight Camping Empty Quarter 8 hours
  • Liwa Overnight Camping Empty QuarterFlexible & Free cancellation
  • Liwa Overnight Camping Empty QuarterSafety Verified
390 AED
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Private Evening Desert Tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
Private Evening Desert Tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
  • Private Evening Desert Tour6 hours
  • Private Evening Desert Tourour Minimum 2 Guests
  • Private Evening Desert TourReturn Transfer included
625AED
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Private Morning Desert Tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
Private Morning Desert Tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
  • Private Morning Desert 5 hours
  • Private Morning Desert Minimum 2 Guests
  • Private Morning Desert Return Transfer included
550AED
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Private overnight desert tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
Private overnight desert tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi - nature camping
  • Private overnight desert tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi 18 hours
  • Private overnight desert tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi Minimum 2 Guests
  • Private overnight desert tour by 4x4 with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi Return Transfer included
690AED
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Private dinner middle of desert with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
Private dinner middle of desert with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi
  • Private dinner middle of desert with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi 18 hours
  • Private dinner middle of desert with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi Minimum 2 Guests
  • Private dinner middle of desert with buggy ride in Abu Dhabi Return Transfer included
1025AED
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Abu Dhabi Overnight desert safari
Abu Dhabi Overnight desert safari
  • Abu Dhabi Overnight desert safari 24 hours - 2 days
  • Abu Dhabi Overnight desert safari Flexible & Free cancellation
  • Abu Dhabi Overnight desert safari Safety Verified
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What is a Desert
Safari in Abu Dhabi ?

Once deemed inaccessible, the desert was a territory reserved for Bedouins due to its harsh conditions. Its vastness and severe climate deterred many adventurers, fearing the risk of getting lost amidst endless sand dunes.

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Best Time for Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

This topic always leaves a huge question mark in every traveller’s mind. Which months are the best for Abu Dhabi Safari tours? When can I visit to have the best time ?

We will answer all these questions simply.

The best time for an Abu Dhabi desert safari largely depends on personal preferences and weather conditions. Generally, the cooler months from October to March are ideal for desert excursions. During this period, temperatures are more moderate, offering a more comfortable experience for outdoor activities. The pleasant weather allows for enjoyable morning and evening safaris, providing stunning views of the desert landscape amidst cooler temperatures.

Conversely, the summer months, particularly from June to September, experience scorching heat, making daytime desert safaris challenging due to high temperatures. However, some tour operators offer evening or overnight desert safaris during this time to take advantage of the cooler night temperatures and still provide a unique desert experience.

Ultimately, choosing the best time for an Abu Dhabi desert safari involves considering individual preferences, weather conditions, and the type of experience desired, ensuring an enjoyable and memorable adventure in the desert landscape.

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However, there is always a drawback. These are the months when Abu Dhabi is flocked by leisure travellers and business travellers. Additionally, weekends become even busier with residents travelling around UAE. In addition, the hotel rates are high during this season. So we can recommend any weekday in Abu Dhabi's winter months which is between October to April, is best because the climate is suitable for outdoor activities & less crowded.

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Price List of Desert Safari Tours

The rates mentioned below are just an estimate. The exact price may vary from operator to operator.

Standard Tours Adult Child
Standard evening safari - 4x4 210 AED / 58 USD 190 AED / 52 USD
Standard morning safari - 4x4 360 AED / 99 USD 290 AED / 79 USD
Standard overnight safari - 4x4 390 AED / 107 USD 330 AED / 90 USD
Standard camel trekking - 4x4 - Morning 490 AED / 134 USD 390 AED / 107 USD
Standard camel trekking - 4x4- Evening 390 AED / 107 USD 290 AED / 79 USD
Standard ATV (Quad bike) tour 390 AED / 95 USD 290 AED / 81 USD
Sunrise Desert safari 390 AED / 107 USD 290 AED / 79 USD
What to wear while doing safari?
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What to Wear?

The desert weather changes from daytime to nighttime. During morning hours, the weather is scorching, which shifts to a cool chill at night time especially, during the winter months that last from December to February, with temperatures recorded as low as 10 degrees Celsius.

Here are clothing suggestions tailored to the safari timing for optimal comfort.

You can wear a light cardigan as the weather can be a bit cool before pre-dawn. After sunrise, the climate becomes hot. To be able to manage between both temperatures, dress up in long trousers made of materials like cotton or linen with t-shirts or tops made of similar materials.


Layer this with a light cardigan to keep you warm in cool hours and be able to remove it when the weather gets hot. Since the desert sand is wonderful and tends to get into every possible place, avoid wearing closed shoes like sneakers and boots. Instead, opt for sandals or flip-flops that can be easily removed and dusted when sand gets into them. If you are sensitive to high heat, make sure to carry along sunscreen, a hat, and a pair of sunglasses.

Evenings are not that hot because the temperature begins to drop. You can wear jeans with shirts and carry a lightweight sweater or jacket to beat the cool that begins to settle in around sunset.


You can wear closed shoes to prevent the cold from getting to you but it is advisable to carry a pair of open footwear to be able to get rid of the sand that fills up under your feet. This applies to any desert safari that takes place after evening hours.

These activities are always held during the daytime when temperatures are scorching hot. Choose to wear clothes made of natural fibers like linen and cotton to keep your body cool and comfortable. Also, wear sporty clothes where you need to climb up on the camel or ride the bikes through sandy dunes.


Make sure to apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses and hats for extra protection if you are sensitive to sunlight. Opt for sandals rather than flip-flops to reduce the chances of your footwear coming off, as you will be using your feet a lot.

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Why Choose Abu Dhabi desert?

Eager for an unforgettable adventure? Here is why choosing an Abu Dhabi Desert Safari is a decision you won't regret:

Iconic Desert Landscape

Iconic Desert Landscape

Abu Dhabi's desert is a masterpiece of nature, featuring vast sand dunes that paint a mesmerizing picture as far as the eye can wander. The ever-changing dunes create a backdrop that's not just stunning but iconic, setting the stage for a desert safari like no other.

Diverse Safari Activities

Diverse Safari Activities

Calling all thrill-seekers and laid-back explorers alike! Abu Dhabi desert safaris offer a plethora of activities to cater to every taste. Whether you are into heart-pounding dune bashing, the gentle sway of camel riding, the thrill of sandboarding, or the excitement of quad-biking, there's an adventure waiting just for you.

Cultural Experiences

Cultural Experiences

It's not just about the landscapes; it's a journey into the heart of Emirati culture. Many Abu Dhabi desert safari packages weave in traditional elements like Arabic music and dance performances, henna painting, and the chance to dress in traditional Emirati attire. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the region.

Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters

Did you know Abu Dhabi's desert is home to a unique ecosystem? Depending on where your safari takes you, you might just encounter indigenous wildlife adapted to the harsh desert conditions. A chance to witness nature's resilience up close!

Escape from Urban Life

Escape from Urban Life

Yearning for a break from the city buzz? The Abu Dhabi desert safari is your refreshing escape. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of urban life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature. It's a chance to rejuvenate in a serene setting away from the urban chaos.

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Insider Guides

By Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Guides & Locals

Insider Guides Sunset timing

Sunset timings can change every few days, so always make sure to check the sunset time before heading on your sunset safari.

Insider Guides Desert Safari without Dune bashing

Sometimes travelers want to enjoy a desert safari but don't want to try dune bashing (pregnant mothers, people of old age, to name a few). Luckily, all desert tour operators in Abu Dhabi allow you to omit dune bashing from your tour itinerary for a more comfortable experience.

Insider Guides Desert rains and sandstorms

Raining is a very rare phenomenon in the Abu Dhabi desert, with only a 5% chance of an Abu Dhabi desert safari being cancelled due to torrential rain. However, there are likely chances of seeing sandstorms that don’t favor off-roading activities, which results in the tour operators rescheduling your safari experience.

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Insider GuidesDinner buffet.

Similar to camel riding, you will see another queue for getting your dinner. Here comes a tricky part when you see the 69 AED safari, you can imagine what short of a line and what sort of food quality you will get. Abu Dhabi has all the types of service you paid for; if you wish to get resort-quality food, always look for premium tours, and if you are going for a standard tour, expect the stand quality of the food. Most of the tours, including premium tours, offer a buffet where you have to stay in line to grab your dinner. If you are looking for something more exclusive, you have to book the private dune dinner experience.

Insider Guides Cancelation policy

Most tour operators offer 24 hours cancelation policy, and specic premium experiences are not given any cancelation. Please read your voucher carefully.

Insider GuidesWeather and Sandstorms

Very rarely Abu Dhabi desert sees rain, so you are 95 % guaranteed you won't be disappointed. Once in a while, you have to see sandstorms that disturb the off-road activities. At this situation, tour operators must reschedule it.

Insider GuidesFree overnight desert stays

There are not many declared places in Abu Dhabi that permit desert camping & at the same time, it's not restricted to camp in the Al Khatim desert. At your own risk, you can do that, and based on the online articles, do not plan anything because most of them are fake. Better to negotiate a deal with the local tour operator & make a deal nearby their camp to do a desert stays if you wish to cut down the cost & not go overnight desert safari tour with them

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Where to Click Instagram Worthy Pictures?

If you love documenting your travels on Instagram or simply want to show off your picturesque holiday in the desert, we have put together a list of places that will look magnificent on your Instagram profile. Any business in the Abu Dhabi desert is great for photo-taking. However if you want more than the stark contrast of gold and blue, keep reading.

Here are the best locations to get Instagram worthy pictures


Tel Moreeb in the Liwa desert, the world's tallest sand dune

Al Khatim desert's tall mega dunes

While camel riding

During a falconry demonstration where you get the chance to click a photo with a falcon perched on your arm.

While shaking it up with the belly dancers

During your sand-boarding experience

Morning Desert Tour Ras Al Khaimah
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Tour Operators and their Camps

The quality of your desert safari experience is entirely dependent upon the desert safari tour operator you choose and the campsite in which they conduct their safari experience. Established operators will have their safari camps in the desert, while newbie operators will conduct their safari on the campsite of another operator. Look at this list of desert camps in the Abu Dhabi desert, online tour operators that provide desert safari tours, and Destination management companies that offer desert safari experiences.


Online tour operators

Trip Advisor Experience


Viator


Veltra


My Abu Dhabi Holidays


Adventure Emirates


Groupon


Coubon


GetYourGuide


Yella Banana

DMC operating 4x4 tours

Hala


Emirates tours and safaris


Trip Arabia


Arabiers


Extreme Arabia Desert rose safari Abu Dhabi


Net tours


Emirates Adventure


Abu Dhabi Desert tourism


Arooha Tours Abu Dhabi


Ocean Air Abu Dhabi

Desert camps in Abu Dhabi

Arabian Nights Village – Desert Resort 5*


Telal Resort – Desert Resort 5*


Emirates Tours Camp – Traditional camp


Desert world camp – Traditional camp


Trip Arabia Camp – Traditional camp


Desert rose camp – Traditional camp


Phoenix Camp – Traditional camp


Sunshine Camp – Traditional camp


Net Tours Camp – Traditional camp

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Map

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

Romantic Dinner in Abu Dhabi Deserts

Honeymoon Special

For many centuries, the desert's captivating sunsets have always been synonymized with romance because of the cozy ambiance that surrounds such a spectacular phenomenon. Think blushed skies followed by cool nights, two major contributors to a romantic evening in the desert. Romantic Dinner in Abu Dhabi Deserts is a must in the list of every couple who visit Abu Dhabi on their honeymoon, Customize your honeymoon desert safari tours with private dune dinner set up, private BBQ live dinner, Born fire, sand boarding, live shows, camel ride sandboarding and much more in Abu Dhabi with Arabiers.

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

Even though all safety precautions are in place there, accidents take place. If you feel your safari guide is less competent to handle the dunes stop the tour & call the tour operator.

Insurance and Safety Policies

All local tour operators obtain a Third-Party Liability Insurance, and the vehicles are ensured to be rollover protected. This is a necessary precaution, especially when driving over the dunes, because the steep sand dunes can cause the 4x4 to tip over. There have been numerous incidents where guests have got seriously injured or even died due to serious vehicle roll-over crashes. The more reputed the desert safari operator, the more concern they will have towards their guests. Keep this in mind when selecting a desert safari operator.

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Make sure to ask about their safety procedures and measures while booking the Abu Dhabi desert safari and finalize your safari with a company that has a good set of safety policies. Even when you meet the guide, observe the condition of the vehicle. If it looks okay, go ahead and ask your guide if it is rollover protected. Sometimes, even though all the safety precautions are followed, accidents could happen. If you feel like your safari guide is not as experienced as you think he should be to drive over the dunes, stop and call up your operator.

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Souvenirs from
Abu Dhabi Desert

Thinking of collecting souvenirs from the Abu Dhabi desert?

Traditional camps (Where Standard Safari takes place) have shops that might be an exciting location to think of Souvenirs. Ornate wooden carvings, local art, gold jewellery, and carpets reflect the beauty and intrigue of Abu Dhabi's Arabian heritage. From the smallest silver pillbox to a large hand-woven rug, souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes, and can be bought in Abu Dhabi often at a fraction of the cost elsewhere. The trick is to avoid the tourist trap and know where to find authentic items that you will treasure for a lifetime & relatively desert shop's prices must be higher than the ones in the city (The Mall Souq or the Iranian market Abu Dhabi)

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Animals Encountered at Al Khatim Desert

The desert is teeming with wildlife; however, we aren't vigilant enough to notice every lizard that scurries along. These are the animals that you will definitely spot while visiting Abu Dhabi's Al Khatim desert.


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Camel
Falcon
Falcon
Ostrich
Ostrich
Sheep
Sheep
Goat
Goat
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Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers

Yes, you can. Round transportation is provided for guests & requested you walk to Abu Dhabi Premier Inn Airport hotel lobby for easy pick up & meeting.

Although the majority of safari operators stick to a minimum of 2 guests to confirm the safari, some operators allow solo travelers to book the Abu Dhabi evening desert safari.

Most desert safaris in Abu Dhabi are conducted in half a day. But if you have loads of time in your hands, opt for an overnight safari in Abu Dhabi to experience the breathtaking sunset and sunrise in the desert.

Yes, the majority of the tourists on layover combine the Abu Dhabi city tour with a desert safari and choose the Grand Mosque as the pick-up point for the desert safari.

Most of the traditional camps that are used for overnight stays are roughly 50 minutes away from Abu Dhabi while, the Luxury Village is approximately 70 minutes away.

The structure of sand dunes is complex. For a sand dune to form, three conditions have to be met. Abundance of loose sand, brisk winds and flat surface without any mountains or trees. Abu Dhabi has a plenty of these which is why the desert has so many dunes,

Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, and Sharjah has a similar type of safari tours, and so far Arabiers team has released the Ras Al Kaima Safari guide and Abu Dhabi Safari guide. Stay tuned for other Emirates safari guides.

Muscat, Liwa, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Namibia, Nevada, Ras Al Khaima Jaisalmer & Sahara. Currently, Arabiers offers Desert safari in Qatar, Desert safari & camping in Liwa. Ras Al Khaimah desert tours and desert luxury stays, Dubai Desert Safari with Fossil Dune visits apart from Abu Dhabi desert safari tours.