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“Dune Bashing,Sandboarding and camel ride”
Review of OceanAir Travels

OceanAir Travels
Ranked #1 of 523 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: OceanAir Travels Is a group of tour guides with average experience of 15 years and we established our agency in 2007, OceanAir Travels is a registered agency in U.A.E, India and Egypt, with full bonding and financial protection, We are providing Daily Tours, Stopover Tours, Shore Excursions, Accessible and wheelchair , Transfers, and Airport Services. Our aim is the 100% customer satisfaction; we offer many unique ideas for tours and take you to the places not to miss as well as guiding you beyond the usual tourist attractions. Simply we will guide you into a world that only local people know. Rather than being a part of a huge group and struggling with the crowds, get it with OceanAir Travels as a Semi-Private tour (Max 12 people in a Luxury Mini bus) or private exclusive tour with a multilingual experienced local tour guide.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great time. Our tour guide Raiz of OceanAir travels was friendly and patient. He's the best

Thank SA_TrinJa
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Support OceanAi... T, Guest Relations Manager at OceanAir Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Dear Valued Guest,

Sunny Greetings!!

We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your trip in the desert with us. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts regarding the trip, the kind words about the guide Raiz and the service are very much appreciated.

We agree that Raiz is very friendly and we consider him as one of our best guides for safari.

Hopefully your next visit is just around the corner.

Regards
Alex ED | OceanAir Travels
Guest Relations Team
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We have just completed the 1/2 day Dubai city tour with OceanAir.

In summary, it was well worth the price to get an overview of the City and our guide was friendly & knowledgeable.

We were scheduled for Coll cation from our hotel at 0840hrs - but we got a phone call from reception to say our guide had arrived at 0835hrs - great start to the day as often you have to wait ages for the tours to collect you.

We were taken to a 15 or so seat minibus and went off to meet another group of 6 people - this made a total of 9 of us on the bus which was comfortable, clean and air conditioned.

Our first stop was at the Atlantis Palm - 10 mins for a quick walk along the sea front and photos outside the hotel. This is a fantastic location with stunning views in all directions - one side the Persian Gulf - the other, the amazing hotel!

From here we were off to the Jumeirah beach hotel - the one shaped like a sail - we stopped here on the beach for photos - again, a stunning location.

From here it was off to the Jumeirah mosque - not enough time to go inside, but a quick photo stop and access to a toilet if needed. This is a fantastic building.

We then stopped at a nearby shop with the chance to buy souvenirs- this was like somebody’s house with lots of lovely high end carpets, gold and other pieces - it was a strange stop and there were lots of members of staff who weren’t quite hassling you to buy things, but we’re very persistent- I would recommend giving this a miss as it was a bit of a waste of time.

Next was a trip to the old side of Dubai and a boat trip on an abra over to the spice market. This was a great little trip across the Dubai Creek ending up outside the spice market. This is really, really busy area with hundreds of small shops selling spices and other souvenirs. The staff are very pushy, showing all their goods and encouraging you into their shops. Whilst pushy, they do accept ‘no’ for an answer - eventually!

You also get to go around the gold souk as well. It’s all very nice but there are lots of men showing you fake watches and bags - great if you want that sort of thing, but can be annoying if you’re of a fragile disposition! (And we’re not )

From here it’s back onto the bus and off to Burj Khalifa tour and mall. This is the biggest mall in the world and we thought that we would be fine having tackled beasts like the Florida Mall - this was something else though- quite amazing in size! The fountains out the front are worth a watch too.

We had the chance to be taken back to our hotel or stay here as the trip had ended. We stayed. The whole trip lasted from 0835 to about 1230hrs.

It was well worth it to get a flavour of the whole City and I would recommend it.

Our guide was very helpful - she spoke great English and was very pleasant.

Thank Gary T
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We booked and paid for 2 trips with this company a couple of weeks before we travelled.. One was the Desert Safari and the other was the half day Dubai city tour. Both were a great success and we got everything that was promised.
Desert Safari.
The company contacted us via Whatsapp within a couple of hours of landing in Dubai informing us of our pick up schedule.. Pickup was punctual and our Driver and guide was Saali. We shared a 4x4 with another group of 4 people (7 in total) To be honest it was a bit uncomfortable at the rear of the vehicle, it felt a little like being in the boot. However as we rotated seats regularly it was bearable .We drove for approx 1 hour outside of Dubai city. First stop was a bathroom break and to see/do the quads in the desert, this was extra to the price paid. None of our group were interested which was just as well as there were long Qs and i dont think we would have had the time. Then it was on to the Dune bashing.
OMG. It was amazing and great fun. However.I would advise anyone Not to eat and drink anything beforehand though as it will definitely come back up.
We stopped out in the dessert for photo opportunities and sand boarding. This too was great fun. They had two different types of boards. The stand up one for the young and brave (foolish) and a sit down version for the more cautious of us. Definitely worth doing whichever you choose. The drivers were very good taking care of everyone. They took brilliant photos and helped people with the sandboarding and kept us supplied with cold water.
After we had all got our breath back and our tummys were back in their correct position the driver re inflated the tyres and we headed for the bedouin village. Here there were camels for camel rides and a falcon for photos.
Inside the village we were shown to our tables and given information on where to get our drinks, on how and when to queue for our meal etc. There were a number of other activities also eg, we were allowed to dress up in traditional Arab garments for photos, ladies were invited to get henna tattoos on their hands and there were shisha pipes at our disposal.
Starter was served first with soft drink of your choice. Alcohol was available but at an extra charge. Then there was a show with belly dancing and fire throwing.
The buffet meal that followed was delicious. Men and Women queued up seperately for the main course. There was a great selection of salads, noodles, rice, fish, lamb and chicken and much much more. This was then followed by dessert which was fresh fruit and other sweets., Tea and Coffee.. Plenty of everything and very well organised.
We then had a little more free time before we returned to our jeeps and were driven back to our hotel.
This was a really good trip and excellent value for money. Everything was very well organised, everyone were very polite and helpful and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. A definite MUST DO in Dubai.
My only bit of advice is IF you PREPAY for the trip like i did, make sure you have a receipt or at least a copy of the payment coming out of your bank account.. Halfways through the meal i was asked for payment. I explained i thought i had paid already and was told i had not. I must admit it was a bit upsetting and I could not check this out as i had no WIFI in the middle of the desert. However on returning to my hotel and tapping into wifi i was able to prove that the payment had actually been taken out of my bank account weeks previously when i booked..When booking you have the option to prepay or pay on the day BUT whichever you choose they dont seem to give a receipt. Just be careful. Enjoy, Wish i could do it all over again

1  Thank marbarCork
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Support OceanAi... T, Guest Relations Manager at OceanAir Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Dear Valued Guest,

Warm Greetings from OceanAir Travels!!

Knowing that you had a great experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing OceanAir Travels to arrange the Evening Desert Safari trip for you.

We very much enjoyed arranging the tour for you as much as you enjoyed your visit.

Hopefully we can have you again as a guest soon!!

Kind Regards,
Alex ED | OceanAir Travels
Guest Relations Team

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This tour was perfekt with our guide MANSOOR. I can recommend it to everyone. Thank you MANSOOR!!!!!

Thank Zeynep K
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Support OceanAi... T, Guest Relations Manager at OceanAir Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Helo Zeynep,

Sunny Greetings!!

Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your Desert Safari trip with dune bashing! We are glad that we were able meet your needs and expectations.

Also, thank you for the kind words regarding our guide Mansoor.
We very much appreciate your recommendation to our company with others here in TripAdvidor.

Hopefully you will consider us for your next UAE trip!

Kind Regards
Alex ED | OceanAir Travels
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We had an excellent day in the desert and we have to thank to our "brother" (as he called himself) Mansoor for it ;). With very good driving skills in the desert, he really made sure se felt the "extreme" part of the dune bashing.
Very good and eficient communication on whatsup, before and in the tour day. Mansoor made sure to notice the exact time we will be picked-up from the hotel (based on the order of picking up the clients), which usually with other companies does not happen and you wait in the lobby even 45minutes...
Overall great experience. Enough time to spend in the desert sand and sunset, taking pictures, with little or no feeling of rushing.
The desert camp, is interesting, but a little boring for my taste. Too many people crowded together. Make sure you find the chill zone with "hooka", which was really empty, as everybody were sitting at the tables around the dance scene.

Thank Gabriel B
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Support OceanAi... T, Guest Relations Manager at OceanAir Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Hello Gabriel,

Greetings from OceanAir Travels!!

Thank you for sharing your insights about your Desert Safari trip with us here in TripAdvisor.

We are pleased to know that you enjoyed all the activities included. Your kind comments about the services and the staff are highly appreciated and we will for sure share them to Mansoor.

Again thank you for your trust and hope to see you again soon!!

Kind Regards
Alex ED | OceanAir Travels
Guest Relations Team

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