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List of Desert Activities in Abu Dhabi – An Oasis of Holiday Bliss

Cosmopolitan Abu Dhabi has evolved as a foremost holiday destination, bringing the wonders of the desert to many travellers with thrilling desert safaris, magical desert night entertainment and more.

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Morning Desert Safari

Morning Desert Safari

Start an exhilarating day with some dune bashing fun, book a morning desert safari and you will be picked up from your location by around 8 am. What follows is an exhilarating round of dune driving, camel safaris and sand boarding – guaranteed fun for all. Soft drinks, water and some snacks are usually provided by the tour operator. The whole tour lasts around 4 hours and is quite definitely a morning of exhilarating fun.

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Evening Desert Safari

Evening Desert Safari

Quite an adventure to talk about back home, the evening desert safaris are conducted between 3 to 9 pm daily. You are picked up from your hotel and taken on a 4X4 ride across the magnificent dunes of Abu Dhabi desert. Enjoy a gorgeous sunset and stop for fabulous photo opportunities on the way. The drive stops at the tour operator's camp where additional activities of camel riding and sand boarding are available. Later sit down to a delicious barbeque dinner and stint at trying out a shisha session – water pipe - while watching the performance of an alluring belly dancer.

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Overnight Desert Safari

Overnight Desert Safari

Relish the magic of desert nights with an overnight desert safari, most tours are usually held between 3.30pm to 9 am the following day and start with a thrilling 4X4 ride across the dunes of Abu Dhabi desert. Stop at a camel farm, relish a fabulous sunset and take a million photos. Refreshments are served on the way to a Bedouin style campsite where you may indulge in sand boarding and camel safaris. Drinks and entertainment are available with traditional belly dancers and a chance to relax at a shisha lounge. Dinner of course is a sumptuous barbeque in the desert before falling asleep to the magical lulls of the ancient desert. You depart after breakfast.

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Desert Island Adventures

Desert Island Adventures

Opt to stay at an Abu Dhabi beach resort for the best of both worlds, where you can enjoy the inviting waters of the Arabian Sea and thrills of the desert. Check out all Abu Dhabi beach hotels for one that offers all these facilities. Sir Bani Yas Island is an oasis of desert thrills. Enjoy island excursions and spotting of unique desert wildlife on an enjoyable 4X4 desert safari. Later you can opt for diving or kayaking around the waters surrounding the island adding to your overall experience; located on Sir Bani Yas Island and providing all these facilities is the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.

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Dinner Only Desert Tours

Dinner Only Desert Tours

If dune bashing or camel rides are not your cup of tea let the romantic allures of the desert engulf you with dinner only tours within the Abu Dhabi desert. Experience a full Arabic atmosphere on one of these tours which lasts from around 3.30pm to 9.30pm. Your tour operator will pick you up and whisk you away to a desert camp where you may enjoy belly dancing shows, trying the infamous water pipe – Shisha – indulging in henna painting and even taking photographs wearing traditional costumes. Enjoy sunset drinks and a delicious barbeque before heading back. Note that belly dancing and bar facilities are unavailable during the Ramadan season.

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Dune Buggy Safari

Dune Buggy Safari

Experience the desert for all its thrills by booking a dune buggy safari with a reliable tour operator who will ensure all safety protocols are followed. Hop into your buggy and let go as you zip across the marvellous sand dunes of the timeless desert, guaranteed to thrill and exhilarate mind body and soul.