DONT BOOK THIS TOUR YOU WILL BE SORRY
This was the worst tour I ever been on.
We had to look for the man was told he was inside with a blue shirt you know how many men with a blue shirt well we found him. He came outside. Never told us his name we got in his van he NEVER SAID A WORD TO US. TALKED ON HIS PHONE TEXT ALL THE TIME DRIVING. All the way to a place he drop us off to seat outside in the heat for 2 hrs at this place to buy stuff. The drive was over 1hr I DID NOT PAY TO SEAT OUTSIDE AND DO NOTHING FOR 2 HR I PAID TO GO TO THE DESERT. We all were very mad. The one guy text him he never answers him. When he came we got to the Desert all most before it got dark. I wanted to see the desert before dark. WHY PICK US UP TO SEAT OUT IN THE HEAT NOT THE DESERT WITH I PAID FOR NOT TO SEAT AT A REST PLACE OVER 2 HRS.
Then the drive back from the desert same thing he was talking on his phone. I think it a law NO talking on phone in Dubai.IT THE LAW
This is my first Viator tour and I am NOT HAPPY AT ALL. I email Viator AND DID NOT GET ANYTHING BACK FROM THEM so I guess that was OK to have a tour like this
DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR VERY BAD
Some aspects of this trip were really fun - the dune bashing is a unique experience, and we enjoyed the belly dancing. However, there was a certain amount of pointless waiting around we had a stop for about 45 minutes to try motorcycles on the dunes at an extra charge, but no one from our group wanted to so we just sat and waited for awhile. Our driver had some mechanical trouble after the dune bashing so we ended up around for that as well and then were really rushed through the dinner and didn't have much time to try the stuff there - that was just a fluke and our bad luck - BUT the really off-putting aspects of this trip were that the driver drove like a maniac on speed we were all in fear of our lives!!, and he kept ordering us around. Also, towards the end of the trip he tried to give one young woman with us a massage, which was just wildly inappropriate and awkward. Would not recommend this company, at least not for women travelling alone.
So I mistakenly booked a night safari when we had a evening flight on the same day, and Hassan was kind enough to try and arrange a different safari adventure for me and my husband. It was a little bit more money but it ended up being a private trip for the two of us for most of the time. I wish we could've done the night safari though - I'm sure it would've been even more great!
I would highly recommend this desert safari to anyone visiting or living in Dubai. It is great value for money, offering a truly memorable experience. The dune bashing / desert safari portion of the trip is a particular highlight - honestly a complete thrill thanks to the expert driving skills of our guide Shareef. The BBQ dinner is very tasty, however this part of the experience is a little too rushed and feels a bit like you are being urgently ushered through a production line. Overall a really wonderful experience that we will definitely do again!
This tour is well worth it. An extended day with a drive out to the dessert, with stop over for optional activities. The dune bashing was the absolute highlight. Our driver, Arman was a phenomenal driver and handled the driving like an absolute pro. He was professional and courteous and our satisfaction was paramount to him. The Bedouin camp was great fun with a delicious BBQ dinner. All activities are included in the price here, with options to purchase upgrades, eg. a more detailed henna tattoo. We travelled in a convoy of two. Sohail Ehmad, the other driver was also very engaging with a great eye for photography on top of the dunes.
My wife and I were very happy to have booked this tour. Our guide Noor was friendly and tried to cater for our needs. Unfortunately, we had to share it with other people, one of whom complained continuously. I think our guide was relieved to have dropped them back at their hotel, as he became very talkative and relaxed.
It would have been beneficial if we were told the quad bikes were not included and only accepted cash. Had we known we would have allowed for it.
I would thoroughly recommend this tour. The 4x4 in the desert, the BBQ dinner and show was amazing.
This is a must do tour.
The only negative thought is that far too much time was spent on dune bashing. 10 minutes of that would have sufficed and the rest good have provided a sense of the beauty of the desert. However, it was a thotoughly enjoyable afternoon and evening - an experience of a very different culture with some wonderful food, color and entertainment