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?
*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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandboarding is a solo adventure sport that’s part of your Dubai Desert Safari experience, where you slide down sand dunes on a board.
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.
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.
Yes, you can definitely buy Sandboarding tickets online. Check out some of the Sandboarding options in Dubai here.
Most beginner-friendly slopes are suitable for first-timers. Instructors will provide essential tips and ensure your safety.
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.
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.
Learn proper boarding techniques, feel the rush of gliding down the slopes, and enjoy the unique perspective of the desert landscape from on high.
Yes, an instructor will always be present with you and guide you through all the safety tips and measures.
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.
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.