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Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

1. Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Join a small-group or private guided day trip from Abu Dhabi to the desert with hotel transfers included. Enjoy a dune bashing experience, watch the sunset from a Bedouin camp, take part in cultural activities, watch traditional performances, and savor a BBQ buffet dinner while watching the stars. After pickup in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, enjoy a comfortable ride to the desert. Once there, visit a camel farm to get up close to these animals who are well-adjusted to desert life. Next, take part in an exhilarating dune bashing experience. Feel your stomach jump as the vehicle heads up and down the steep sand dunes. Then, try your hand at sandboarding by sliding down the dunes on a board. Arrive at the Bedouin desert camp to enjoy a warm welcome of traditional Arabic coffee and dates. Then, walk up a dune to take pictures as the desert changes color as the sun sets on the horizon. At the camp, dive into the local customs and culture of the Arabian peninsula. Enjoy cultural activities such as henna painting, shisha smoking, and camel rides. Then, try on traditional Arabian costumes and take pictures with a falcon. Watch captivating performances of Tanoura dancing and belly dancing, before tucking into a barbecue dinner. Finally, the lights of the camp will be switched off. Sit back and admire the star-lit sky for a peaceful moment of contemplation before returning to the bright city lights of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

2. Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Embark on an exciting morning desert safariin the desert surrounding Abu Dhabi. Ride over the vast dunes in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, glide down the dunes on a sandboard, and enjoy a relaxing camel ride with scenic views. Get ready for a desert safari starting with an early morning pickup at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes effortlessly. During the safari, there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for some photos in the desert. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

Abu Dhabi: Formula Yas 3000 Driving Experience

3. Abu Dhabi: Formula Yas 3000 Driving Experience

Before getting into the driver’s seat you’ll be suited up in full race gear and helmet, and receive a technical briefing from your racing coach. Next, you’ll take familiarization laps around the circuit in a Renault vehicle. During these slow laps, your coach will explain the racing line and how to approach each corner. At this point in your activity you should be ready for the real action. You’ll head back to the pits, where you’ll be further briefed on your car before being tightly strapped in. Prepare to feel every bump, ripple and sensation of the drive. You can be sure that you've never been this connected to a driving machine! Get a grasp of the inner workings of this racing car and experience truly sensational performance first-hand. For 20 minutes For 20 minutes, you’ll be in charge of the paddle shifters, which help shift the gearbox up and down. Two on-board video cameras will capture your drive and allow you to re-live the action later on.

Mangrove National Park: Self-Drive Speedboat Tour

4. Mangrove National Park: Self-Drive Speedboat Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Anantara Eastern Mangroves, who will show you how to operate your own Rhino Rider speedboat. After a quick safety and operational briefing, hop onto your boat and slowly cruise through the marina towards the exit to the lagoon. Test the maximum speed of your Rhino Rider as you zoom through the lagoon passing the royal palace. Encounter flamingos on your way and observe them from a distance. Continue into the mangrove forest where you will maneuver through the canals. See fish, herons, crabs, or sometimes even dolphins along the way. Take a brief stop at an uninhabited island for a quick swim or to do some exploring. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point at Anantara Eastern Mangroves.

From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

5. From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

Take part in a desert adventure and embark on a dune bashing safari by 4WD. Visit a camel farm, see a traditional camp, and enjoy some famous Arabic hospitality. Depart from Abu Dhabi and journey to the desert on the outskirts of the city for an arrival at a desert camp in Al Khathim in around 45 to 60 minutes. Take an exciting drive across the sand dunes by 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a multilingual driver, and stop at a camel farm to catch your breath. Continue to the camp to take advantage of a host of thrilling activities, including the chance to cross the desert sands by Quad Bike (own expense), glide down the dunes on a sand board, or put on some traditional Arabic costume for a photo shoot. Try riding a camel and experience the desert's original mode of transportation. See an original Arabic camp, and enjoy some famous Arab hospitality. Choose the evening desert safari option to watch a magnificent sunset from the desert and sample Arabic sweets and Bedouin coffee. A BBQ dinner and live entertainment are included with the evening tour, and you can even have your picture taken with a falcon. Whichever option you choose, benefit from a package specially timed for guests arriving on one of the following cruise ships: • AIDAstella • Azamara Journey • Celebrity Constellation • Costa Fortuna • Costa neoRiviera • Crystal Esprit • NCL Norwegian Star • Oceana Nautica • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas • Seabourn Encore • Silversea Silver Cloud • Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises

Caterham Seven Driving Experience

6. Caterham Seven Driving Experience

Step up your driving game and get your adrenaline pumping with a Caterham 7 driving experience in the company of an expert driving instructor. Charm meets modern technology in this super-lightweight sports car by Caterham Cars. This modern reproduction of an old Lotus design can compete with the most powerful supercars. Drive at a blistering pace with this brilliantly fast machine at Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. Upon arrival at the track, attend a safety briefing with a senior instructor. Learn about racing lines, braking points, overtaking rules, dos and don’ts, and general track safety rules. After your safety briefing, enter the track to start your adrenalin-packed driving experience, with expert coaching to improve your driving skills. Afterward, head back to the pit lane for a cool down and debrief with your instructor. Friends and family are welcome to watch you on the track from the raised viewing terrace near the food and beverage outlets.

Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars

7. Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars

Take part in an evening of adventure unlike any other on this 5-hour excursion to the desert of Abu Dhabi. Leave the city in the afternoon and head toward the desert to discover the true Abu Dhabi. Enjoy an exciting drive over the sand dunes, something akin to desert off-roading. Then you will visit a camel farm and watch the sunset from the dunes. Continue your journey toward a traditional Arabic camp, where you will have the opportunity to try a host of activities like henna painting and belly dancing. You may also try Shisha, the traditional Arabic smoking pipe, as well as sample the Arabic sweets and coffee significant to Bedouin culture. You will then be served a BBQ dinner under the starlit sky, with live Arabian entertainment to ensure it's a night to remember. Relax as you learn firsthand what Arabic hospitality means, with Arabic coffee and dates served as they have been for centuries, and continue to be served in Emirati homes today.

Radical SST Passenger Ride

8. Radical SST Passenger Ride

Add some adrenaline to your time in Abu Dhabi thanks to this flexible-length F1 racetrack ride in a high-performance Radical SST. Set your heart pounding as an expert racing driver navigates you through the hairpin turns and high-speed straightaways of the Yas Marina Circuit aboard this extreme vehicle. You’ll get to enjoy 3-5 laps on the track. Thrill as your driver builds momentum, and then brakes and accelerates along the circuit’s curves. Depending on the track configuration on the day, speed beneath the Yas Hotel and pass Yas Marina, or experience one of the most difficult hairpins on an F1 track and the longest straight on the current F1 circuit.  Experience up close the focus and skill required to maneuver a racing car, and the sheer exhilaration of being propelled around a race track touched by legends.

Aston Martin GT4 Driving Experience

9. Aston Martin GT4 Driving Experience

Thrill seekers, put your foot down and feel like a champion at Yas Marina Circuit on this drive. Beautiful to look at and brilliant to drive, the Aston Martin GT4 is the ultimate racing experience. Your instructor will fit you into the car, make you comfortable, and explain the controls before you drive out of the pit lane onto the infamous track. The interior of the Aston Martin GT4 has been modified from its road-friendly counterpart to suit professional racing needs. This includes racing seats, an additional instrument panel, protection bars, and plastic windows. Built in an entirely separate factory by racing specialists, the GT4 combines a powerful 4.7-liter V8 engine with sleek curves, high-acceleration, and sophisticated performance. In addition, the GT4 has one of the best-sounding engines ever made.  On this activity, before climbing into the driver’s seat of the Aston Martin GT4, you’ll receive a technical briefing from a racing coach. Then it’s time to buckle up and hit the track. Following your instructor’s lead, you’ll learn the correct racing line and practice handling the complex turns of the circuit. During the driving session, the challenge is to improve your racing technique. At the end of your session, the instructor will provide you with some detailed feedback and discuss how you might improve your technique. Spectators and friends are welcome to relax and watch your experience.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour with Royal Palace & Etihad Towers

10. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour with Royal Palace & Etihad Towers

Enjoy a day trip by van to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. Stop at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, take a stroll at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and see sights like the Emirates Palace. Following a pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi, listening to the fascinating stories about one of the richest cities in the world along the way. Your first stop is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, an incredible mosque exemplifying the beauty of Islamic architectural brilliance. Spend time in the mosque with your guide.   Next, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. Afterward, stop at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and take a stroll with scenic views of the Arabian Gulf. See the Emirates Palace from afar and take snaps for your photo collection with these wonderful structures as the backdrop. Make a stop for lunch at the Marina Mall, the Carrefour, the food court, or a restaurant with a view of the Corniche. Visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan Palace housed in the Presidential Palace compound of UAE. Notice the architectural features, historical artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Finally, relax on the return journey to Dubai.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,783 reviews

Fantastic and very fun experience for those who love motorsport. The activity is very well organized and takes place with all the support of the team. It is worth buying the video at the end of the activity. The only downside is that there is no food court nearby. Anyway, the experience is worth more.

Our driver Hamza picked us up at our hotel on time and drove us safely but adventurously over the dunes. There was a photo stop with the opportunity to sandboard. The food and ambience at the camp was great. Many thanks to Hamza for the great photos and videos he took of us and the great tour.

Driver in the desert was very cute and drived the Toyota as a F1 pilote or as a professional driver in the Dakar Rally. We liked the whole trip so much and we recommend this tour with this driver to everyone!

The experience was amazing!!! The highlight of Abu Dhabi!!!

Great experience... crazy driver (in positive fave)