This Desert Experience surpassed all our expectations!! My sister and I had the most wonderful time. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip into the desert, the falcon display, the dunes. The evening spent in the Bedouin compound was amazing, the food was delicious and abundant. We had the henna tattoos, smoked the pipes, enjoyed the dancing and the music! But best of all, was our wonderful guide Victor!! He made our trip fun and adventurous, and he answered all our questions about local customs and traditions. This really was a tour that lived up to its claims and delivered even more. Thoroughly recommended.
What can I say about this tour, it was outstanding.. From the pick up at the hotel; our excellent guide (Sameh) was a joy to be with, so helpful and informative with a great sense of humour (ask for this guy)..
The trip to the Conversation range was in a nice air conditioned van to get to the Land Rovers, we then had our scarf place around our heads for protection (you can buy if you want to for only 20 AUE), then we were off.
We saw wildlife, learnt about the desert, saw a falcon display and got to hold the falcon, pretty terrific that was. and then the dinner in a Bedouin tent, with food, dancing, henna tattoo if you want one, camel ride and more.. I have been to many countries and booked many trips, this is one of the best.. If you only have a few days or even one day in Dubai...Do this !!
I had the experience to go to the desert with two different tour operators. What made the Platinum Heritage tour better for me was the authentic manner in which the meal was prepared and served, the opportunity to smoke sheesha comfortably, and the guide Hamdy going out of his way to meet the unique interests of each tour participant without neglecting the others.
On the tour we watched our food being prepared as it might have been by a Bedouin, we had a variety of mezza served to us at the table as if we were royalty, and our lamb was prepared as it was in the past. After dinner we had the opportunity to sit and smoke sheesha for as long as we liked sitting or resting on cushions in the center of the camp. There were two honeymooning couples so the guide Hamdy arranged for a special toast for the honeymooners, in addition to other activities to suit the needs and interests of the guests. It felt like a personal private tour with so much attentiveness.
The sleeping arrangements were comfortable and the desert at night delightful. In the morning we once again watched our food authentically prepared and had the opportunity to ask questions of a local Bedouin. The overnight camping safari could not have been better….had a great time.
Really enjoyed this tour. From our pickup, to drop off, our Guide Sherif was prompt, courteous and provided us with a good commentary and a safe drive. The actual tour itself was interesting, the desert time was good; camp, food and entertainment were all enjoyable. It was wonderful to get out of the city and see how the Bedouin people lived. Would recommend this company for sure as they go into the heritage areas were only their company have access.
I do not recommend this unless you will happily call it a "culture experience" to sit down for a Q and A session under the glaring sun, with a "Bedouin Chief" who spends most of his time with his 4X4s, and travels all over the world. At the end, he will also pose photos with you.
It is an understatement to call the breakfast a disappointment. Lipton tea, and 3 types of plain pancakes (1 normal, 2 local strange flavors), some plain noodle -- that's it, all carbs, and carbs only...
It is nice to see the desert, but almost every other excursion includes a short visit to the desert. So you will not miss much if you do not go on this trip.
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