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Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner

Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner

By Planet Tours & Safaris
Recommended by 97% of travelers
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Hitting the desert—and experiencing the sports and activities that go with it—is a must in Dubai. Help yourself to them all with no fuss or planning by booking this classic desert activity-and-dinner expedition. Ride a 4WD over the dunes, try sandboarding and camel riding; enjoy traditional Bedouin activities, and end with a barbecue-buffet feast as you watch belly dancers and spinning “tanoura” performances.
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Ages 0-80, max of 300 per group
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Ticket type:Mobile

  • Experience desert sports, culture, and dinner on a tour from Dubai
  • Enjoy a range of activities in one hassle-free and seamless outing
  • 4WD dune bash, sandboarding, henna art, live shows, and BBQ-buffet dinner
  • Relax with return air-conditioned transport and hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by a luxury air-conditioned Landcruiser
  • Buffet dinner
  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Driver/guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Henna Painting
  • Sand-boarding
  • Camel Riding
  • 30 minutes dune bashing and off-road
  • Entry/Admission - Planet Tours & Safaris
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Buggies and Quad bikes are available at the camp at extra charge

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Airports:
  • Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport, Jebel Ali United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai Airport, Dubai United Arab Emirates
  • Ports:
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 90159P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner?
Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner price starts from $62.00. Discover and book Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner on Tripadvisor
What is the Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner cancellation policy?
Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner?
Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner is hosted by Planet Tours & Safaris. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Planet Tours & Safaris on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Desert Safari & Bbq Dinner on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 90159P2

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    Planet Tours & Safaris
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
    The Arabian Desert is an ideal venue for a magical evening. Our knowledgeable safari guide will pick you up from your location with a 4x4 Land Cruiser, which will take you to the desert. The fun & excitement starts with dune bashing and off-roading through natural landscapes. On our way to the camp, you will have the opportunity to take photos with the picturesque sunset and vastness of beautiful colours. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with Arabic coffee and traditional dates. Our Bedouin style camp encompasses two forts which represents authentic architecture. You can conveniently enjoy the exhilarating camp scenery and entertainment which includes brick wells, traditional décor, a luxurious BBQ-buffet dinner, our Tannoura Show, a graceful belly-dancer swaying to the haunting strains of Arabic music. To indulge your appetite, Planet Tours ensures that you enjoy your dining experience under the stars. We will satisfy your desires with a wide array of mouth-watering appetizers, a tasty BBQ-buffet dinner, soft drinks and delightful desserts. To complete this traditional Arabian experience, you will also have the opportunity to try our flavoured Shisha (‘hubbly bubbly’), get beautifully designed henna tattoos, and enjoy camel rides and sand-boarding for an exciting adventure. As the evening comes to an end, our professional driver will drop you back off at your location. With that being said, Planet Tours and Safaris will definitely make sure that your desert tour will be a memorable experience.
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Amazing quad in desert
Multiple cool activity to do, I recommend this experience and a special thanks to jameel our friendly guid!
Awesome Guide
Jameel was a great guide, that wanted us to know every place we went through, i hope all guides wer like him
Very good
Jamell collected us from our hotel and took us to desert , he was very polite , helpful and so kind to us! He showe
Jameel was awesome. We rode camels, sand surfed, and drove the dune buggy. He also provided us with water, what a wonde
Jameel was awesome. We rode camels, sand surfed, and drove the dune buggy. He also provided us with water, what a
Tourist trap in the middle of desert
This place is a TOURIST TRAP in capital letters. We signed up for the 1001 Adventure tour, the driver (JAMEEL) got
Dubai city tour
This tour did not meet our expectations from what was advertised. It involved a lot of driving around Dubai in a po
A wonderful escursion on the desert
We were pickes up from our hotel by our guide Jameel. He was a very intertaining guide, helpful and a well of infor
Amazing morning safari and 4x4 quad bike
The tour was great, best part was 4x4 quad bike, just enough time to enjoy on a hot weather. Driver Jameel was real
Had a beautiful city tour, booked from the UK via WhatsApp with Joy and she was very helpful and professional. As s
Look elsewhere
I wouldn’t use this company at all. I booked from overseas for our first time in Dubai, on recommendation of our ho
What an experience!
Fantastic morning with Jamel today. Professional manner and very knowledgeable. Went out of his way to make my son
Ayten P
Ayten P
Best Desert experience !
Best experience of the desert with Jameel! He is very professional, respectful, very nice and full of energy! He pi
Trip with Jameel
Great day with Jameel, we were a group of 7 persons and we really enjoy the trip. Quad is really good to drive in g
Beautiful experience
we want to place a good review for our driver Muhammad Azif, very gently, friendly and caring, professional driver
Beware of local scams when at the dunes
Be aware of some additional fees for the quad up to 100 AED/person to pay for the headscarf which is apparently man
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798 reviews
Very good

Glenview, IL2,549 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had the go city dubai pass and this is one of those experiences we were told we had to do. So we called and they emailed us our confirmation. We were picked up at our hotel around 3:15pm our guide Arun wearing a blue shirt with there logo planet tours grabbed us in a white SUV. There were 2 additional couples in our car so we were packed tight. It took about an hour and half out of the city center we stoped at a gas station for bathroom break, snacks etc. Also waited for 7 cars as they go out in groups. Then we went dune bashing as a group with stops along the way for pictures. This is very much like a roller coaster and definitely I felt some motion sickness but it was fun. Then we arrive at the camp you can camel ride for free, pay to go on ATVs, pay 10 aed to hold the falcon and take pictures. We did pay the 10 aed cause it was super cool. Then inside the camp we were taken to our table where we could get henna a small piece or pay to get a big piece, have hookah like thing in tent for free or you could pay a guy who brings it to the table and really takes care of you the entire night. They give you some food to try right away super yummy. You can go to one end and get Soda pop, water, tea for free. You could pay for alcohol but the free choices were good enough for us. the buffet of food is astouding. Lots of variety was not a fan of the meat but that's ok still was full with the variety. The desert options not so good but oh well. The entertainment was cool a guy spinning around in circles with a skirt that lights up. The belly dancer was amazing she really got the crowd involved. This does become a tiring day since we didn't get back until almost 11pm. Very fun and organized definitely recommend
Written February 18, 2020
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Lisa K
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Excellent experience. Arrived on time, we were in a buggy with 4 others. Drove out to the dessert where we did the dune bashing. Lots of fun but as stated in the booking, if you have any pains/injuries, you will get thrown around a bit.
Our driver Jamil was great, he went out of his way at the end of the evening to take us to a dark spot to get a clear view of the stars and was really informative throughout.
The shows were all great fun, traditional dance, belly dancing and a fire performance.
Food was really tasty with lots of vegetarian dishes, all soft drinks included - cans of pop/water (water was only sugar free option) and beer was a reasonable price
Written April 7, 2022
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Rayan Q
1 contribution
Great day! Jameel was very friendly and informative. He gave us lots of information about the UAE which we were unaware of, a great start to the trip. Sand dunes were lots of fun, followed on by quad biking for 200 AED ( worth it). Sandboarding was also available. Many shows and activities at dinner, good choice of food. Highly recommend and thank you to Jameel for a great trip!
Written July 14, 2022
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3 contributions
Our Driver was great (forget his name), but we did our trip on 5/July.
Gave us a little commentary en route.

After the dune bashing, the stop off prior to our bbq was a little disappointing as you are not told how much the ‘extras’ will cost (quad biking, holding an eagle etc)

To ride a quad was 300 dirhams, which is quite expensive for a 20 minute ride.

You have a traditional scarf wrapped around you head to protect your eyes?? But my husband was not told beforehand that they then ask you for 120 Dirhams AFTER you’ve completed the quad biking, photo ops.
We refused to pay for the scarf as we didn’t wish to keep the scarf and had we been told prior, my husband wouldn’t have bothered with one.

It’s the old feeling of ‘pressure’ which tarnished an enjoyable time we were having.

Our driver was good though and intervened, telling the chap we did not want the scarf & was not informed of the cost beforehand.

Many I suspect would feel pressured into paying, and if you don’t have the cash, they have a card machine!

Our driver did apologise and said that they are trying to avoid this happening.

The bbq was entertaining, especially the fire guy.
We lost all power for quite a time beforehand and at one point thought it wouldn’t go ahead as there was no way to heat food up or provide lighting.
But that was rectified.

Your sitting down on the floor on cushions for quite some time, so if you suffer with your back, consider paying for the VIP area which is serviced with a table and chair and table service.

All in all a good afternoon/evening, and worth doing.
Lots of photo opportunities too and we have some lovely pictures.
Written July 9, 2022
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1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Couples
Jameel the driver was fabulous. I got picked up on time and throughout the journey he gave me a verbal tour of the most important buildings as we drove passed them and shared Dubai’s history and vision going forward. The dune bashing was great. The sheesha isn’t the best and you have to extra if you want to smoke it at your table and this wasn’t mad clear in the booking confirmation email. I wasn’t overly impressed with the quality of the food. Jameel was definitively the best part of this experience with his extensive knowledge of the emirates.
Written June 12, 2022
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Jo B
Lewes, UK38 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
fairly disappointing overall. Driver was a bit surly and didn’t really say much. We thought we’d arrived at the “camp” as we werent told otherwise, but it turned out this was the just the stop off for the sand boarding (basically a few old snow boards with/ without bindings located at the bottom of a dune). at this place we also had a camel ride opportunity (2 minute ride) and quadbiking (extra). no refreshments offered after at least 1.5 hrs travel, just a man offering photos with his hawk (10 dihra)! then we were whisked off again before we all had a chance to have our camel ride. finally made it to the camp proper, no warm welcome, only drinks on offer were chargeable until the included drinks were available 30 mins after arrival. Man trying to flog personalised sand bottles etc etc. buffet was ok, entertainment (whirling dirvish and fire eater) were good but didnt last long. the “compere” was terrible. All in all it felt very “production line” - soon as meal was over we were loaded back in the 4x4s. oh and dont expect a nice desert night sky - so much light pollution from the various camps you could barely see any stars!
Written April 11, 2022
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Malcolm R
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
Mar 2020
Have just returned from Dubai with my family, which was our children's gift celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary. We (6 of us) were picked up from Atlantis The Palms by our Planet Tours guide Naeem on Tuesday 10th March. Naeem is an absolute gentleman and epitomised outstanding customer focus and service in the way he conducted himself. He is an absolute asset to Planet Tours and is one of the critical reasons why this experience was so exceptional for my family and I. He gave us detailed commentary as we headed to our destination and stopped on the way to ensure we had a taste of the best Chai (tea) available in Dubai...and it didn't disappoint, so much so that we even stopped for more on the way back from the safari. The Dune Bashing was an exhilarating experience and it was clear that Naeem was a much better driver than all others, because the way he maneuvered his vehicle was simply amazing! After the dune bashing, we arrived at the BBQ spot where we enjoyed a long camel ride (free) and then took photos with a Falcon (10 dirham) At the BBQ site, we enjoyed complimentary drinks and an exceptional buffet meal. There was an incredible Tannoura show followed by a brilliant belly-dancing performance. Also complimentary was sand board riding, sheesha and henna tattooing on site. as was the opportunity to dress in traditional dress and take photos. The souvenir shop was also on site for those who wanted to purchase items. It was an amazing experience and whilst I have no doubts all of Planet Tours' hosts are awesome, if you want the best, ask for Naeem :) *Shukriya Naeem Bhai, for making our experience the absolute best!
Written March 16, 2020
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Christopher K
14 contributions
Abbas was an amazing guide. Truly took the experience to the next level. The truck was cool, comfortable and the dune bashing was unlike anything we’ve ever done. The sand boarding was exceptional and the food / show was very unique and the crowd was lit.

Thx again, Abbas!
Written May 29, 2021
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Northampton18 contributions
We had a great time with planet tours. Initially when we booked in, operator did not confirm need for child seat but this was swiftly corrected by our driver Aslam. He took us out to industrial area of Dubai to pick up child seat and from there we went for our safari trip. Aslam was very informative. Provided us with a lot of valuable knowledge about Dubai and life in Dubai. Really appreciate his knowledge. He has lived long time in Dubai and knows what life in Dubai looks like for local person as well what is like for tourists.
Aslam was very careful and gentle on dunnes even tho we had one of our family member pregnant but he made sure it's fun and done in safe manner so again massive thank you to this Gentleman. Camel riding was done in short circle but fun for members of our trip. Sandboarding was fun but equipment could be improved and crash helmets could be added. Unfortunately my daughter has banged her head with the board but wasn't serious. Atv rental is a bit expensive for what it is (driving around in circles for 210aed on desert but my son insisted ).
Meal and show at end of the trip was really nice and traditional. Something worth trying. Thank you for having good trip
Written July 28, 2022
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Amit J
Kolkata (Calcutta), India882 contributions
Dec 2019
This tour operator was recommended to us by our hotel (Marriott Executive Apartments) and turned out that we made a wise decision.
They picked us from our hotel at about 3:30 pm. Since there were 5 of us, we had a Land Cruiser, all for ourselves. The first stop was a photo stop where other cars were also accumulating. After about 15 minutes we started for the main action – desert tour and sand dune riding on our Land Cruiser. The experience cannot be explained in words and you have to be there to understand it. It was just WOW!.
After about 30 minutes of dune riding we were taken to the Camp. They offer a free camel ride just before entering the camp. We were also offered dates and coffee as a Welcome to the camp. After which we picked up our seating space close to the dias. There were several stalls in the camp selling handicrafts, clothes etc. Snacks and drinks were free and we were served a buffet dinner.
The highlight of the evening was the Tannoura dance and Belly dance (yes there were 2 dance shows). Both the performers were brilliant and ensured that everyone went happy.
If you are looking for a Desert Safari tour in Dubai, Planet Tours is the one recommended by me. No one will regret choosing this tour.
Written February 28, 2020
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