5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Ride a camel through the desert and enjoy dinner at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this exciting 7-hour experience! Leave Dubai in an air-conditioned minivan and swap your vehicle for a camel for a memorable 45-minute ride to an exclusive desert camp amid the dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a host of traditional Arabic activities: see a captivating falconry demonstration and cookery displays, get an exotic henna tattoo, and watch traditional dancing under the stars. The finale comes with a scrumptious 4-course banquet of Emirati dishes served Bedouin style!

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

Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Dubai hotel, and then head into the desert in an air-conditioned minivan. Here, meet your camel convoy and clamber onto your own ship of the desert!

Sitting high up and enjoy the views as your camel lumbers through the desert — you’ll soon see why these stoic creatures made perfect transport for the nomadic Bedouins. After around 45 minutes, your camel safari ends when you reach your Bedouin-inspired camp where you will meet your guide. Situated within a private royal retreat, this exclusive camp is lit by flickering lamps and surrounded by rolling dunes.

As the sun fades, enjoy an exciting display of the ancient sport of falconry. Watch spellbound as the trained falcons fly and swoop down for lures from their handlers. Then, after a sunset photo stop amid the dunes, enter a Bedouin-style tent for an array of traditional desert activities. Sip Arabic coffee, get a tattoo from henna artists and watch a bread-making demonstration to learn how to make Arabic bread.

Then, sit at a low Bedouin table for a delicious, 4-course Emirati banquet served with water and sodas. See the itinerary for a sample menu.

After dinner, enjoy traditional dancing and music and perhaps try a shisha. Then, return to Dubai where a driver and air-conditioned minivan will drop you off at your hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:

First course:
Shorbat adas (mildly spiced lentil soup)
• Tomato and onion salad
• Fresh garden salad

Second course:
• Selection of meze including harees (cracked wheat dumplings with meat), kibbeh (minced meat and rice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-stuffed pastries), hummus and tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with parsley, mint, tomatoes and lemon juice)

Third course:
Ouzi (succulent lamb with spiced rice and nuts)
• Chicken kebabs
• Vegetable and ouzi rice

Fourth course:
• Fruit salad
Lgeimat (saffron-flavored fritters)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

What a great way to wind down from a long flight and experience a little of the desert and it's culture. Everything was professional but beautifully low key. The staff were tops, the food excellent, the falcon display really informative and the other travellers were great fun.
Excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our desert experience. The facilities are amazing including the cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen in my 2 years in the GCC and the staff was just terrific. The chance to ride a camel in a safe, fun but authentic environment was unbeatable. The falcon display with Erin and Gizmo was fantastic and the dinner was amazing.

A few cons: the pick up time is dependent on the sunset, so I was expecting pick up to be around 2, but found out at 1:30 that it wasn't until 4 because sunset is around 6:30. I wish they made that more clear at booking AND let us know the pick up time range much earlier as we would have planned our morning activities very differently.

The stools we sat on at dinner were easily the most uncomfortable I've ever encountered in my life....I'd rather sit on the camel for an hour than those stools! I'd prefer sitting on the ground when eating for an even more traditional feel. But everything else about the displays and the venue was perfect.

This particularly experience did not offer us the opportunity for other activities like sand boarding or ATV's. It was just the camel ride, falcon display, and then dinner. All of those were terrific, but better for adults than a group with kids or teenagers.

Overall, it was a fantastic, unforgettable experience.

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