Winter in the UAE brings more things to do for visitors and locals alike. The Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village are weather-dependent, but you can go on a desert safari any day of the year (well unless there’s a sandstorm).

Everyone should get the opportunity to witness the endless sands of Abu Dhabi’s dunes at sunrise and sunset at least once in their lives. 

The beautiful dune area in Al Ain is a popular destination for desert safaris in Abu Dhabi, following Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) at Al Dhafra. 

Apart from the Safari tour in your SUV, this is the finest place to try your hand at activities like Dune Bashing, Quad Biking, and Sand Boarding because of the long stretches of sand valleys and some enormous dunes.

Things Not to Miss in Al Ain During a Desert Safari

As you prepare for your trip to the desert, here are a few of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in the culture and discover its numerous wonders.

1. Visit to a camel farm and camel ride

You must ride on the ship of the desert when surrounded by dunes as they carefully make their way across sand crests and troughs. Most desert safaris involve a 15–20-minute camel ride around the camp, an unforgettable experience captured in breathtaking photos for future generations. 

For the kids, a stop at the camel farm en-route to your desert camp can be a fascinating adventure.

2. Quad biking

Nothing compares to your excitement when riding a powerful quad bike across the desert. Thrill-seekers and adventure-seekers notice this once-in-a-lifetime experience with nothing standing between them and the magnificent desert dunes.

3. Dune bashing

A desert safari in Abu Dhabi is only complete with this exhilarating encounter among dunes that roll. Your heart will race as you shout on every steep dune drop as an experienced driver takes you on a thrilling desert rollercoaster ride. 

At the same time, you’re snug and safe inside your powerful 4×4 vehicle (Land Cruisers/Range Rovers).

4. Sandboarding

In most desert campgrounds, you can go sandboarding and sand skating, which can be a lot of fun. All you have to do is grab a sandboard, locate a nearby sloping dune, and let gravity take care of the rest! 

Make sure to shower when you get home because you’ll undoubtedly have many fond memories and a lot of sand on your skin!

5. A belly dance performance and barbecue dinner at Bedouin Camp

You can witness the splendor of desert life during the grand finale of nearly all desert safaris in Abu Dhabi. 

The charm of the Bedouin way of life is brought to life by various desert camps, complete with campfires, a delectable barbecue meal served outside, and traditional performances by regional artists. 

Belly dancers and Tanoura performers captivate the guests with their talent while you enjoy your three-course lunch outside in the cool desert air. With its enchanting environment and Arabian music, the entire atmosphere takes you to the realm of Arabian nights.

6. Spending a night beneath the stars

After your delicious barbecue supper, if a few hours in the vast dunes of the Arabian Desert don’t satisfy your thirst, you can opt to stay the night at the charming Bedouin camps beneath the sparkling desert sky.

Safari timings

Numerous tour operators provide an extensive selection of trips to meet the demands of all types of travelers. Abu Dhabi’s desert safari alternatives that are most in demand are the morning, evening, and nighttime safaris. 

A desert safari in the morning is a fantastic experience because of the chilly weather and beautiful shadows created by the rising light. An evening safari is your most excellent option for a truly wonderful desert getaway because of how authentic the desert feels. 

But the most significant moment to let the desert’s immensity and pure beauty overwhelm your senses is at night. It’s undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime to sleep in your tent beneath the stars and wake up to a breathtaking desert sunrise.

How Can I Get to Al Ain's Desert Safari?

It is recommended that you make arrangements for collection and drop-off from your Abu Dhabi accommodation with your individual Desert Safari operator before going to the desert area. For individuals willing to go it alone, you can rent a car and drive down the Al Ain Road to the desert area.


Al Ain, this Arab country's Garden City, is an oasis town next to Buraimi, an Omani town. The vibrant Camel Souk in Al Ain is well-known for drawing customers and breeders from throughout the United Arab Emirates, including traders and shepherds from the Al Rashaidah tribes.

In addition to dune driving, observing wild animals, and riding a camel, guests will enjoy a sunset stop with refreshments, dinner at a private table, a three-course premium meal accompanied by drinks, and other experiences.

Of course, you can turn up in shorts, but remember that you'll be inside an air-conditioned 4x4 for a good portion of the trip, and the temperature in the desert drops rapidly as the sun sets.