Go Sandboarding in Dubai | Everything You Need to Know

Think gravity-defying slides down sun-baked mountains of sand, wind in your hair, and endless thrills. That's sandboarding in Dubai – an adventure for all ages, from seasoned sand-surfers to newbies ready to carve their first line. This guide is your ultimate sandboarding cheat sheet, covering ticket options, a preview of your experience, and everything you need to know and prep before going sandboarding in Dubai. Ready to hop on? 

Sandboarding in Dubai: Your booking guide

  • Duration:
    Standard desert safari package: 5-10 minutes
    Premium desert safari package: 10 to 15 minutes
  • Seating: One board, one rider! Sandboarding is an individual adventure.
  • Sandboarding ticket options: 
  1. Morning vs. evening: Sandboarding is almost always included in desert safari packages, both standard and premium! You can shred the dunes in the morning with cooler temperatures, stunning sunrises, and fewer crowds or in the evening as the sun dips below the horizon, creating breathtaking panoramas.
  2. Adding sandboarding to your adventure: Fear not, even if your package doesn't explicitly mention sandboarding! If you have a last-minute change of heart or want to tailor your experience, adding sandboarding to your desert safari is usually possible.
  3. Packages vs. standalone: Why combo wins?
    Choosing a desert safari package with sandboarding offers several benefits over trying to book them separately:
    Convenience: One-stop booking for multiple activities and transportation, saving you time and hassle.
    Value: Often more affordable than booking individual elements separately, offering better bang for your buck.
    Comprehensive experience: Go beyond sandboarding and immerse yourself in the desert culture with dune bashing, camel rides, cultural performances, and delicious meals (depending on the package).
  • Cost of Sandboarding in Dubai: From budget-friendly thrills to luxurious sunset rides, sandboarding in Dubai offers experiences for every adventurer. Standard packages with included sandboarding start at AED 95, taking you on a sandy adventure. For those seeking longer rides, breathtaking sunsets, and extra activities, premium packages can reach AED 700. Choose your price point, and prepare to carve your memories into the Dubai desert!
  • Ticket Inclusions: Most desert safari tickets include transfers from Dubai, safety equipment, and experienced guides. Some packages include meals, refreshments, and other desert activities like quad biking or dune buggy rides. Be sure to check the specific inclusions of your chosen ticket before booking.

Book Sandboarding Dubai Tickets

Limited Time 50% Off: Evening Desert Safari with Optional Quad Biking or Dune Buggy
Free cancellation
Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
6 hr.
Transfers included
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AED 145
Premium Evening Desert Safari with Optional AC Majlis & Table Service
Free cancellation
Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
6 hr.
Transfers included
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AED 135
Dune Bashing & Sand Boarding Desert Safari Dubai
4 hr. - 4 hr. 35 min.
Transfers included
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AED 95
Morning Desert Safari with Camel Farm Visit & Sandboarding
Free cancellation
Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
5 hr.
Transfers included
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AED 187
Morning Desert Safari with Adventure Activities, Camel Ride & Sandboarding - Al Khayma Camp
Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
4 hr.
Transfers included
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AED 200
Morning Desert Safari with Quad Biking in Dubai
Free cancellation
Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
5 hr.
Transfers included
More details
AED 105

Know before you go Sandboarding in Dubai

Safety precautions
Getting there/Transfers
Best time to go
What to wear
What to eat
A woman sandboarding

*Is Sandboarding in Dubai Safe?*
Rest assured, sandboarding in Dubai is generally considered safe when undertaken with adherence to safety guidelines. We prioritize your well-being with trained guides, high-quality equipment, and controlled environments.
Follow instructions:
Always listen to your guide's instructions closely, as they are well-versed in dune terrain and safety procedures.
Seat Belts and Harnesses: While sandboarding doesn't usually involve seat belts or harnesses that dune buggy rides or other desert activities might have, you should always follow the safety instructions your guides provide.
Helmets: Helmets are mandatory for sandboarding and most other desert activities. Don't skip this crucial safety measure!

woman sandboarding in Dubai

Most desert safari packages conveniently include pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, saving you the hassle of navigating the desert. Sit back, relax, and let your adrenaline build as you approach the towering dunes.

Al Aweer Desert
: Closest to the city, offering convenient access and shorter rides. Sandboarding is included in morning safaris due to its proximity.
Lahbab Desert: Known for its dramatic, high dunes and challenging slopes, perfect for experienced sandboarders. Longer rides and premium packages are common here.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Eco-conscious adventurers rejoice! This reserve offers sustainable desert experiences with longer sandboarding sessions (30+ minutes) and unique wildlife viewing opportunities.

child sandboarding in Dubai

Since Sandboarding is a part of most experiences, you will be allotted at least 15-20 minutes for it when you opt for standard tickets. However, with premium safari packages, you can enjoy longer duration along with other desert activities like quad biking or dune bashing.

A boy sandboarding in the desert

Morning vs. Evening: Morning safaris offer cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and stunning sunrises. It might be ideal for first-timers and families. However, the morning sun can cut short sandboarding sessions due to rising temperatures.
Evening safaris offer comfortable temperatures and a vivid environment to enjoy desert activities, but they are also often crowded, especially during the peak season.

Summer vs. Winter: The summers [May-October] can be challenging for some travelers as the temperatures rise to 50°C (122°F). Although the evening safari is more comfortable, morning safaris are pleasant as they start early. One can enjoy the activities for the desert safari before it gets too hot.

A boy sandboarding in the desert

Long sleeves and pants: Shield your skin from the harsh sun and abrasive sand. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.
Closed-toe shoes: Protect your feet from scorching sand and potential injuries—high-ankle boots or sneakers with good grip.
Sunscreen: Apply generously and reapply throughout the day, especially after wiping away sand.
Hat: A wide-brimmed hat protects your face and head from the sun and sand.

A BBQ dinner

Most desert safaris include traditional Arabian meals or BBQ feasts, depending on your package. Avoid heavy meals before sandboarding, as they can make you feel sluggish.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Sandboarding in Dubai

What is Sandboarding in Dubai?

Sandboarding is a solo adventure sport that’s part of your Dubai Desert Safari experience, where you slide down sand dunes on a board. 

Is sandboarding included in my safari package?

Sandboarding is included in most desert safari packages, but reviewing the list of activities in your ticket before booking will be crucial. You can also attend the activity at the location with an additional payment.

How much does sandboarding cost?

Prices vary depending on the duration, group size, and equipment rentals. Expect to pay anywhere from AED 200 for a standard desert safari package, including 15 to 30 minutes of sandboarding. You can opt for premium desert safari packages for an extended period for this activity, along with other adventure desert activities like dune bashing, quad biking, etc.

Can I buy Dubai Sandboarding tickets online?

Yes, you can definitely buy Sandboarding tickets online. Check out some of the Sandboarding options in Dubai here

Do I need experience for sandboarding?

Most beginner-friendly slopes are suitable for first-timers. Instructors will provide essential tips and ensure your safety.

What should I wear for sandboarding?

Wear comfortable, loose clothing that covers your arms and legs. Closed-toe shoes are essential, and gloves are recommended for protecting your hands. Sunglasses and a hat are great for sun protection.

Is sandboarding safe?

Safety is a priority! You'll receive proper instruction and wear protective gear like helmets and elbow/knee pads. However, as with any physical activity, there's an inherent risk of minor bumps and scrapes.

What can I expect during the sandboarding experience?

Learn proper boarding techniques, feel the rush of gliding down the slopes, and enjoy the unique perspective of the desert landscape from on high.

Will an instructor guide me through the Sandboarding experience?

Yes, an instructor will always be present with you and guide you through all the safety tips and measures. 

What if I'm afraid of heights?

Start on smaller slopes and take your time. Instructors are there to guide and encourage you. You can always watch others or enjoy other desert activities if sandboarding feels too daunting.

How much do Dubai Sandboarding tickets cost?

Sandboarding usually comes in a package deal with other desert safari activities as well. The price will vary depending on the other activities and facilities included. The starting price for this experience is AED 97.50.