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“Great service, a 'must do' in Abu Dhabi!”

Hala Abu Dhabi - Private Day Tours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have done the sunset desert safari with Hala twice, and both times I had the most amazing experience. Our guide Shakir was fantastic - professional, experienced and willing to share his knowledge in a fun way! We were picked up at 3.30 in a state of the art Hala Nissan Patrol and were first taken to a camel farm. During the 40 min drive Sakir gave us really good insights into the history, culture and local traditions. At the camel farm we were able to feed the camels, and we learned about the importance of them. We were also offered fresh camel milk, which has many health benefits, and it was also really tasty.
Next stop was at the camel nursery where all the pregnant camels are taken to give birth in their natural surroundings. We saw the cutest baby camels!
Then is off to the dune bashing, which can be as extreme or gentle as desired, depending on likes of the group. Even when we did the most scary drops we always felt safe as Shakir was such an experienced driver. There were some amazing photo opportunities as the trip is timed perfectly to enjoy the beautiful desert sunset.
Finally we got to the camp, where we did some sand-boarding and camel rides. Shakir had reserved a lovely table for us so we had a great view of the belly dancer show.Food is great and there are some other attractions such as falcons, henna tattoos, etc.
We got back to the hotel around 10pm, exhausted but extremely satisfied with a packed experience. I highly recommended it!

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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

I love Hala! They give the best service, it’s very professional and personalized. You can ask them to slow down on the dunes, they provide you with water and they reserve a table for you at the camp.

Also, the vehicles are new and clean.

I prefer it over Emirates Tours because of all of the above.

The price is higher but I think it’s worth it!

Thank Ana C
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EtihadHelper, Manager at Hala Abu Dhabi - Private Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2018

Hi Ana, thank you for your big compliments and your full star rating. We appreciate you took your time writing about your experience with us. It’s always good to hear our guests enjoyed their time with us. We hope to welcome you on one of our tours again soon. *Ivy

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Reviewed January 19, 2018

A wonderful experience from start to finish.
We were greeted at our hotel from Mark, our driver at 3.30pm. He is a pleasant guy with a wonderful nature, very knowledgeable and recommended lots of things for us to do on our short stay.
Mark kept his car very clean, considered climate control for his guests and had plenty of water for us to drink.
Our adventure started with the camel farm - it was fun and we had an opportunity to interact with the camels by feeding them and having lots of photos. The men looking after the camels were also very friendly and encouraged us to get closer to the animals.
Then the 4 wheel drive fun began - it was fabulous.
We laughed, we shrieked, we were in awe of the landscape. Mark took us to tracks unexplored and sat us on top of dunes where we could look for miles and miles.
Awesome photo opportunities.
Mark truly has the best job - to make people enjoy the experience and to have a lot of fun himself.
Our next adventure was to go to camp and experience camel riding, sand boarding, atv ride, try on traditional dress, henna tattoo, hookah, photos with a falcon and watch the sun go down.
BBQ dinner was served - great food - all the soft drink and water was free - alcohol was extra.
We were then entertained by a beautiful belly dancer who also interacted with the crowd. The final act was from a twirling man - amazing.
The evening ended at approximately 8.45pm and Mark got us back to the hotel by 9.30pm.
A wonderful day that we will talk about for quite some time.

Clothing: Comfortable clothing recommended - shorts could be worn but I'd definitely take something warmer to wear in the evening, a jacket, shawl, something to cover your shoulders/legs.
Highly recommend.

Thank ccjlnolan
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EtihadHelper, Manager at Hala Abu Dhabi - Private Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Hi there, thank you for your big compliments and your full star rating. We appreciate you took your time writing about your Desert Safari experience with us. It’s always good to hear our guests enjoyed their time with us. We hope to welcome you on one of our tours again soon. *Ivy

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Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

What a treat the dessert safari was. Mark our driver was amazing and really showed us what a Land Cruiser can do in the desert. The Camel farm was great and we could feed the camels, but the best part was the driving on the dunes. The dinner at the camp was good with some great local entertainment with lots of other things to do, like sand boarding, camel rides and smoking some shisha! A great experience not to be missed when visiting Abu Dhabi.

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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

We have just got back from Abu Dhabi and one of our favourite activities was the desert tour with Hala. Our guide, Shakir, couldn’t have been better. He picked us up from our hotel at half 3 and outlined what we would be doing that day. He tools us first to a camel farm and then on to the desert where we drove around the dunes for half an hour or so and then saw the most amazing sunset. Then we headed to camp where you could ride a camel and sand board. The food was amazing and the setting stunning. Would highly recommend the trip. The best part of it was the guide. He knew so much about the area and any questions we had, he answered. Thanks Shakir!

Thank Jonathan W
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