Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism
Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism
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Get the most out of your time in Abu Dhabi by taking part in an action-packed day of activities in Al KHAZNA desert. Take the stress out of organizing logistics, by having hotel groups pickup, drop-off, and transfers included. Highlights include going on a dune bashing safari in a 4x4, sandboarding, enjoying a relaxing camel ride too, falcon show, Henna tattoo and face painting , kids playing area, Traditional VIP Emirati Majlis, unlimited Tea coffee dates water and soft drinks , Arabic Barbeque Dinner Buffet, camp fire with karak session and the option to ride Quad bike (EXCLUDE THE DEAL)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Relax823870
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Everything is well organised, from the WhatsApp communication all details are clear. The pick up time was punctual and the whole experience in the desert was good and relaxing. The tour coordinators are very good and attentive. I was there alone but I didn't feel alone at all.
Written March 26, 2023
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Dear Valued Guest, Good day! Thank you so much for your positive review regarding your desert safari experience in Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism. We will keep striving for the best to give authentic and traditional safari experiences to our valued customers like you. We are looking forward to your referrals to your family, friends, and company regarding our company. We are hoping to see you again in the near future. Enjoy the rest of your holidays in the United Arab Emirates. Shukran.
Written March 31, 2023
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rubiagringa
Cape Coral, FL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
What can I saw but "Wow"! There are many of these "desert adventures" in the UAE but this one was the best and it never felt "touristy". We were met at a local mall by our friendly tour guide Karen who spoke English well. After a little more than an hour we arrived at the desert camp. We were greeted by the owner Matar Al-Mansoori and his helper Mohammed who was holding a beautiful falcon. After a welcome drink of tea and coffee and the traditional dates, we were treated to a falcon show, camel ride, and a horse ride on a lovely spirited Arabian. Then a visit to the goat and sheep pen that was like a petting zoo. The staff then set the Saluki dogs loose to chase a rabbit. Lest you think the rabbit was in any danger...the dogs were muzzled and the rabbit fell asleep after the chase in my friend's arms! Although rabbits are a part of the bedouin diet, according to Muslim law all animals must be killed humanely not by another animal. Then we rented (for a small additonal charge) an ATV quad runner for zipping around the dunes. After that we piled into two very clean Toyota Landcruisers for "dune-bashing". Our driver, Mohammed, cranked up the music and we careened all over the dunes...laughing like kids on a roller coaster. The best part was sitting on the crest of the highest dune and watching the sun go down. At one point I climbed down and went to another dune to soak up the peace and beauty of the desert. When I rejoined the group who were quietly chatting, Matar turned to me and exclaimed "Oh! A butterfly just landed on your head...it's special blessing from Allah..." After a delicious buffet dinner that we ate on cushions and a low table spread under the date palms we went into a tent where a Sudanese woman was doing henna tattoos for free. Then we joined the rest of the group by a campfire and drank a delicious tea with milk and cardamom and watched the stars come out. The desert is cool at night and our helpers offered sheepskin rugs and wool throws. The very best part of this experience was getting a glimpse into an ancient beautiful way of life and chatting with Matar about his experiences in the states (where he got his university degree) and the wedding and family customs of his country. An extraordinary young man and a day I will never, ever forget. I recommend it highly!!
Written February 3, 2011
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Andrii K
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
Well that was really amazing adventure. i got a lot of fun, Dune Bashing, visiting the camel farm, watch the sunset from the dunes. Our Journey still continue until we reach the traditional Arabic camp. and there we got chance to ride a camel, henna painting, watch belly dancing, Shisha smoking, had the dinner with Arabic dishes. But, it's better if we go during the winter season.
Written March 28, 2012
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RobuDhabi
Marietta, GA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
We went out last Thursday with our kids and our parents. We all had a great time. The drivers were safe, and very talented, the activities were great also. The company treats the guests like guests, not clients. If you are traveling in the UAE, a desert experience is a must and I would recommend this company. You can also stay over night (we didn't, but the tents looked large and new and there were actual beds inside).
Written April 10, 2011
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CaptainTravel
Orlando, FL19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The activity is very hyped up when you read the description. The staff is friendly and dune bashing was fun, but the other activities/shows are mediocre at best. The falcon show consisted of one falcon fly over ad that was it, not even a minute long. The camel riding consisted of getting on the camel, and someone else would walk you a few meters around and in less than 3 minutes you were back to take pictures. The horse was the same deal. The way it is portrayed is as if you were going on a little camel ride around the desert with others. But it was just one camel and one untrained horse. The camel's mouth was also covered as it "had a tendency to bite". The tents were clean, but the bathrooms were very dirty and the showers were completely rusted. The dinner was good and they offered to accommodate for specific dietary needs. The sand boards were broken. Once you get to the camp there was sometimes very little guidance as to the schedule of activities other than dune bashing. The quad biking was fun but it was only 10 minutes within a small confined zone. Overall this may be a good activity if you are going with small kids that want to do just a little bit of everything. I think it is worth doing it if you want to spend a night on the desert and if you get a good deal on the tickets.
Written January 2, 2018
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peperi
Auckland Central, New Zealand212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
The opportunities for experiencing the desert from Abu Dhabi are not as easy to discover compared to Dubai so finding the Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism company was a pleasure. The Company offers several different packages on its website with the half day desert experience being one of the more popular. The afternoon-Evening was great fun with opportunities to ride camels, horses and quad bikes over the dunes. The 4x4 drive across the dunes was exciting without the over the top risk taking "thrills" that some other "dune-bash" drives do for the "adreinline junkies". The evening bbq along with henna painting and conversation around the camp fire were well presented.
We would have appreciated a bit more of an introduction to the activities on offer by the guide when we were on the bus heading for the camp site as we could have gotten into the activities quicker and with a bit more understanding of their relevance to the bedouin.
Great value for the DHM 250 a person.
Written January 6, 2012
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mblitch
Brandon, FL80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
Camp is located at: 24°12'5.66"N 55° 9'15.28"E

There are a lot of 'cattle' operations that advertise pretty much the same thing and just churn through the tourists. My experience here was great and it made my trip. Beware of the operators that advertise or book solely through Groupon though as they tend to have very poor ratings. Just be aware if you arrive when there are dozens of others around, you'll get the expected delays. If possible I recommend self driving car rentals and petrol are really cheap in the UAE), which would allow you to arrive earlier or, more importantly, stay later to avoid the crowds and get a better experience.

I looked through several operations on Tripadvisor and settled on this company as having higher ratings. I was more focused just on the quad-bike experience and after several e-mails, all responded individually and quickly by Jolette, I made my booking. The camp is located 90 minutes or so from Abu Dhabi, so if you take a van you're in for a long ride. As I had a rental car I was given directions to self drive. I an my partner ended up being the only guests there, though they were preparing for evening guests to arrive later. I booked 2 hours of quad biking, and they provided just what I was wanting. I'm an experienced rider and did not want some slow 'tour' but the chance to ride as hard as I wished. after showing my skills, I was pretty much given free reign, though a guide was with me in case of issues. This experience made my entire trip!

After we returned, we still got individual attention and allowed to hold the falcon perch, do the camel ride, and provided a really good lunch. If the place was packed and all the seats taken, and if we had to deal with lines for food, the bathroom, and waiting for the experiences.

I would recommend this operation to others.

But definitely do the quad-biking. It was a thrilling experience. Though i didn't stay overnight, the tents seemed to by nice enough and I'd think it would be a good experience (and a great way to see the stars on clear nights) if you'd choose to do so.
Written February 26, 2015
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Dear Sir, It was nice to know that you enjoyed your Safari experience at our camp. We appreciate your effort for taking time to write a review. These good reviews inspires us more to do better and improve our services. We wish you all the best in life and we look forward to welcome you again at our camp.
Written February 27, 2015
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JanieR
London, UK103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism say they are trying to re-create a more traditional atmosphere/insight into bedouin lifestyle, however the result is a fairly lacklustre experience.
The camp is very fake and contrived, especially since you have to take buses to reach the camp as it is quite far from abu dhabi centre, in previous desert safaris i have been picked up in 4x4s and driven straight into the desert which is much more exciting.
The animals on the camp are not well cared for at all it seems.
The goat ranch is simply a small pen full of goats, not at all a "ranch"
The dune bashing experience is the best part but only lasts 20 mins.
The falcon show lasts for 2 minutes and there is only 1 falcon.
Quad bikes were good (i had a groupon voucher which allowed me 10 minutes for free, otherwise you must pay for this)
The "BBQ" is not fresh and when it is eventually served it is pretty much cold.
During the drive back to Abu Dhabi our bus' tyre exploded and so we had to sit on the side of the highway for 2hrs until a replacement bus was sent. It looked as if the driver thought something was wrong as he seemed to be inspecting the wheels before we left, obviously nothing was done before we set off.
There are no local people involved in this tour at all, the staff are basically pakistani men dressed in local clothing, not hugely authentic!
Would not go again with this tour company, better to use Emirates Adventures.
Written April 5, 2014
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DyAngelina
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
After hearing several horror stories about desert safari trips, I have decided to do some research before booking my own trip. I checked out various feedback since I did not want to waste my time coming to a trip that would only bring out the monster in me.

We have opted for Abu Dhabi desert safari trip which is regularly held at Al-Ain road. There was an option to take the bus from Abu Dhabi which is provided by the tour agent, but we chose to just meet them somewhere near the camping area.

The trip started on time, at exactly 4PM, we have reached the site. We were welcomed with Arabic tea, informed where the camels and horses are, and were given few minutes to walk around the place prior to the first activity which was dune bashing.

I have decided to take the camel ride while waiting for the call for the drive. It was brief but fun.

Following the camel ride, we all went for the nerve-wracking ride (I wasn’t able to take photos as my eyes feasted on the invigorating view of the desert. There was nothing else but sand, and yet, it was simply refreshing.

After around 30 minutes, we found ourselves back to the site. The Arabic setting gave a relaxing feeling and we sat for few minutes having refreshments. Our next activity was quad biking.

I am starting to get addicted to this but since it wasn’t included in the package and it costs Dhs.50 ($14) per 20 minutes, I only drove for 20 minutes. The wheels got stuck in one high area but one attendant immediately came running to help me.

Aside from unlimited drinks, henna painting, camel rides, there were also traditional costumes which could be worn by the guests. I have chosen a green dress and had fun having my photos taken.

While waiting for dinner, I decided to have henna painting, which was also included in the package. I was amazed with the henna lady as she did the artwork with so much ease with her right hand while the left hand was holding her mobile phone. She was continuously talking on the phone but made a beautiful design on my two hands.

I would say that everything was good until we had our dinner. For a fee of Dhs.250 ($69) per head for this safari trip, the food was way below my expectation. Working for a catering company for years and having a good background in costing, I knew they could have provided a much better dinner. Considering that other tour operators are providing the same complete package for only Dhs.125 or Dhs.99, I was thinking our package would surely be a better one.

The advertisement indicated a buffet dinner, and yes, it was a buffet, but a controlled buffet. Attendants were doling out very small portions per item. I was given around 1 cup of rice which was okay with me, 1 small stick of chicken tikka (which had 3 small square pieces of chicken breast), 1 stick of kebab (1 small, thin, dry kebab). In addition to that, a small strip of fried fish was placed on my plate. I have requested for one more piece and the smallest strip of fish quickly landed on my dish. Arabic salads such as hummos, tabouleh, fattoush, were also available at the buffet table. I had one serving of pudding after my main course.

Since it was "new Hijri year", the day that indicates the beginning of new Islamic year, belly dancers were not available for the night, but the bon fire made up for it. It was really fun watching our hosts making our tea and grilling the corns while enjoying the warmth and serenity of the desert. It was a great way to end the night.
Written November 16, 2012
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bakerswoodfox
Perth, Australia424 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
I should have done more investigating before booking w/ Al Badeyah. We booked the evening 1/2 day, met the buses at Etihad Plaza. We were put in a bus that was in very poor condition (i felt like I could get lice from the seats) to be fair we got on a different bus on the trip back & it was in great shape! We drove a little over an hour outside of Abu Dhabi to Al Badeyah's "tent". There were approximately 50 people total & we were a group of 5. Camel rides were included and they had ONE camel! Yes, 1 camel for 50 people to ride! There was 1 sand surfing board & not any good places to even sand surf. We were in the queue to ride the quad bikes & up next when our name was called for the dune bashing. We were escorted to an SUV with a very unfriendly driver. He did not say hello or anything else the entire ride. We stopped at the top of a dune & got out to take photos of the sunset & while we were up there our driver gets in the SUV starts it & sat there staring at us till we got back in. We asked him not to go wild on the dunes because my son wasn't feeling well and he drove fine for a few minutes & then started "bashing" again! The best part of the whole ordeal was the food! It was very, very good! I will not recommend this tour for any of my friends or any future visitors.
Written January 18, 2016
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