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An increasingly popular activity, tourists are driven out into the surrounding desert sand dunes in a 4X4. The ride is a real adrenaline trigger as the vehicle careers between the cuts and curls of the sand dunes.

Somewhat like riding a roller coaster, the experience can be thrilling and when you are perched on top of a 100 meter high dune at an angle of 45 degrees, you can feel that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach just like in a giant Ferris Wheel. it was better than excellent, During June 05, our driver.

The wildly bucking drive can be both exciting as well as therapeutic and is an experience replete with shrieks, thrills and laughter. The dimpled sand, ahead of the four-wheel drive, may look like a soft patch, but can lead to strange happenings when driven through at high speed!

Driving in sand is an exciting activity and an adventure in itself offering the combined excitement of a Rollercoaster, a Ferris Wheel, Bumping Cars and Surfing…a complete Fair ground rolled into one activity!

Dune Bashing is also a visual treat and allows the shutterbug in us to come into his own. The spectacular and endless undulation of the dunes, the refreshing emptiness of the landscape, the sun descended into the horizon, the shadows cast by the purpling dunes all bring a starling sense of beauty, isolation and peace.

Al Raha has a fleet of 4X4s with amazingly experienced drivers. A half hour of dune bashing culminating in seeing the sunset from atop a dune is par for the course for any visitor. Extended hours of dune bashing can be arranged for a small fee. And if you wish to learn for yourself, what it takes to drive on sand, Al Raha has expert and qualified instructors too.


Tips for going full throttle into the desert:

  • Always go with an experienced and qualified driver. Visitors should not hire their own vehicles, as desert driving can be dangerous for the inexperienced.
  • Always go in a convoy of at least 2-3 4X4 vehicles.
  • Carry water, jacks, spare tires, fire extinguisher and towing hooks and rope.
  • Never go out if you think there is a sandstorm coming.
  • Avoid soft sands – look for camel excretion or footprints, as these are sure signs of hard and compacted sand.
  • Crashing over dunes and wheel-spinning out of dips is all part of the fun, but carry sickness bags all the same.
  • Don’t eat any thing for at least 2 hours before embarking on a dune bashing spree.