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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Luxury Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities with Transport from Dubai

Enjoy a desert camel ride in Dubai and other traditional desert activities, including an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this memorable 7-hour adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take an unforgettable camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy an exciting falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a mouth-watering, 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by exotic Arabian dancing and music.

Highlights

  • 7-hour dinner-in-the-desert experience with round-trip transport from Dubai
  • Enjoy a 45-minute camel ride to a Bedouin-style camp within a royal desert retreat
  • Savor a delicious 4-course banquet followed by traditional music and dancing
  • Watch falconry, bread- and coffee-making demonstrations and get a henna tattoo
  • Relax with a hotel pickup and drop-off service from central Dubai

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What You Can Expect

Luxury Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities with Transport from Dubai

Watch fascinating cookery demonstrations at your Bedouin-style desert camp

Begin your experience with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Settle inside your air-conditioned minivan and relax as travel into the desert.

Meet your camel convoy and enjoy a 45-minute ride on a camel. Enjoy the views as your camel lumbers across the sands: you’ll soon understand how these hardy herbivores provide ideal transport for nomadic Bedouins. 

After around 45 minutes, arrive at a Bedouin-style camp inside a desert retreat owned by the UAE royal family.

Leave your camel and absorb the magical setting. The compound stands amid rolling dunes and is prettily illuminated by flame torches, giving it a truly Arabian feel.

As the sun sets, watch a display of the ancient sport of falconry. Admire the speed and elegance of the falcons as they answer their handlers’ commands and swoop for lures. 

Stroll into the dunes for photos of the sunset and enjoy a range of traditional desert activities inside a rustic-style Arabian tent. Savor Arabic coffee, get a henna tattoo and learn to make Arabic breads with a step-by-step demonstration.

Next, settle at a low Bedouin table for a 4-course feast of typical Emirati dishes with sodas and mineral water. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Following dinner, choose to smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe) and watch a display of traditional dancing and music under the stars.

Return to Dubai in your minivan and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Itinerary

Sample Dinner Menu:

Starters:
  • Shorbat adas (spicy lentil soup)
  • Garden salad
  • Onion and tomato salad
Meze course:
  • Selection of small dishes such as tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with mint, tomatoes and lemon juice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-filled pastries), harees (meat-stuffed wheat dumplings) and hummus (chickpea dip)
Main course (choice of one):
  • Chicken kebabs
  • Ouzi (lamb served with nuts and rice)
  • Ouzi rice and vegetables
Dessert (choice of one)
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Lgeimat (miniature, saffron-flavored doughnuts drizzled with date syrup)

Customer Reviews

Sarah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great fun. Would recommend the camel ride option rather than the jeep. We saw a lot of animals in the desert during the ride, which was fantastic. Food was very tasty. It is a long night if you have small children though, especially if you picked up with other people who are not part of your immediate party and have to wait for them to be ready to leave also.

sandreiiulian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very very good tour. The guide was amazing, the food was pretty good, riding the camel during sunset was priceless.

Ben M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great end to our trip in Dubai, Hotel pickup from our great and knowledgeable guide Imran, we were placed in a large SUV with some other nice tourists from Europe. We had a pleasurable drive to the nature reserve while Imran filled us in on what our day would consist of.

Once we arrived at the nature reserve, we proceeded to walk in through the gate and it became clear how nice the desert could be. we were provided with complimentary protective head gear to protect us from the sun, and then my wife and I enjoyed a nice Camel ride through the desert to watch some falconry and a nice sunset over a tasty glass of sparkling pomegranate juice. Following that we were taken to the Bedouin style camp for dinner which was very nice, and watched some traditional dances, while indulging in some delicious traditional Arabic cuisine and meeting other tourists from many nationalities. It was a great time, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Alexis N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The Desert Experience was excellent! Imraan was an excellent guide! Everything about the tour was top notch. I will highly recommend this tour to friends who plan to visit Dubai in the near future. Such a memory!!!!

Soren J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was, hands down, the best activity I have ever booked on Viator. Pick up from your hotel and transportation out to the desert. We chose the camel rides, which I think were the better choice, given that you ride the Land Rovers out to the real'' camp. At the camp, you can also hop on a camel, too. The camp was just awesome. There are a few cool performances, but the real star here is the food. Mountains and mountains of food. Close out the night with hookah under the stars, and you can find a guide who can help to point out interesting stars for you. Hands down, the best.

Curtis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Take the 45 minute camel ride . The tour is well worth the money .great tour guide . Plenty of food .

Keith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent experience. Friendly host, good food and entertainment. Well worth the money.

najatazzati Netherlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had an amazing time. Our guide Mahmoud, was very nice, helpful and entertaining. We learned a lot, while enjoying ourselves immensely. I can absolutely recommend this tour.

JONATHAN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

excelent tour. very good guides. good food.

Robyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant, more than we expected

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