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Top 05 Things You Should Do in a UAE Desert – Taste the Adventure

Dune bashing, riding on camelback over a giant sand dune and savouring the romance of cool desert nights are a few of the experiences awaiting you on a desert safari in the UAE. Need to know more? Do read on!


Scale those dunes!

A dune bashing ride across the sandy seas of Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab, the world's largest sand desert, comes highly recommended. An Abu Dhabi desert tour in a 4WD is just the ticket for those of you craving a spot of adrenaline-pumping action and if you are a guest at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, then the beauty of the desert is all around you. So, go ahead and book one of those thrilling dune bashing tours via your desert resort in Abu Dhabi and enjoy the thrills.


Choose to enjoy a desert tour

Booking a desert tour with your resort in Abu Dhabi will turn out to be a whole new experience. You can choose to head out into the desert in time for a stunning sunset when the dunes are set ablaze with the glow of the setting sun and cool winds start to blow. Or you can choose to spend the night, set up camp and be amazed at the magnitude and sheer beauty of the gorgeous desert sky at night; oh, and wake up in time for a magical sunrise in true Bedouin style.


Rev up for a session of quad biking

If you though dune bashing was a fab thrill, a quad biking tour across the desert will turn out to be the adventure of a lifetime. You can hire a quad bike and choose to make your way across the desert; follow the natural trails, rev up the dunes and kick up a sand storm as the bikes gather speed. Make sure you wear a helmet and look for the assistance of an experienced instructor if you are a novice at quad biking.


Enjoy sand-boarding with the entire family

Sliding down the dunes of the Qasr Al Sarab are loads of fun when you go sand-boarding, with the entire family. One of the most popular desert sports in the UAE, sand-boarding is easy to enjoy no matter your age. There are plenty of places where you can rent a sand-board which looks similar to a snowboard; all you do is strap it onto your feet and practise gliding down the sandy slopes.


Savour the desert in vintage style

There are such things as royal vintage desert tours, a no holds barred experience across the desert, with loads of pampering thrown in between. You can book this 1950's style desert tour via your Abu Dhabi hotel; expect to leave in a luxurious vintage Land Rover, where a morning safari will treat you to sights of exotic desert wildlife like the Arabian Oryx; later, stop for a typical Emirati breakfast and maybe a storytelling session by a Bedouin. You can extend your experience by choosing an overnight stay at a traditional Bedouin camp and maybe even learn the art of Arabian star gazing.