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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)
Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal residence! This must-do cultural experience includes an afternoon safari through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, followed by a night of Emirati entertainment, hospitality and traditional food. Enjoy local music and dancing, cookery demonstrations and a falconry display; get a henna tattoo and ride a camel; and then relax during a 4-course set menu for dinner.

Upgrade your experience to a private safari tour and enjoy your own vintage Land Rover.

Highlights

  • 7-hour dinner in the desert excursion with transport from Dubai
  • Travel by open-roof vintage Land Rover through Dubai Desert Conservation Reservation
  • Look out for desert wildlife such as Arabian gazelles and oryx
  • Spend the evening at a Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a royal retreat
  • Enjoy live bread making and coffee making, falconry display, traditional dancing and more
  • A donation to the Dubai Desert conservation reserve will be made on your behalf for participating on this tour
  • Upgrade your experience to a private safari tour and enjoy your own vintage Land Rover.

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What You Can Expect

Best Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

Travel through the desert in a 1950s vintage Land Rover!

Start your experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel, and then travel into the desert. Once in the desert climb aboard your open-roof vintage land rover – a mode of transport used extensively in 1950’s desert expeditions. As you travel, your guide will regale you with stories of Dubai’s past and present as well as the many customs and traditions that you’ll experience throughout the evening.

Head through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, looking out for wildlife such as Arabian gazelles and oryx, after which, marvel at the UAE’s national bird- the falcon- before sunset during the a falconry display. Make your way back to your Land Rovers and travel to the Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat. Make your way past the gently flickering flames of the lights that mark the entranceway, and then hop out of your Land Rover to take a seat at your shared table.

Before your meal starts, enjoy a range of cultural activities are demonstrated around the tables. Enjoy an Arabic coffee, live bread making, henna artists and camel rides before a beautiful 4 course Emirati dinner in authentic goat hair tents on low Bedouin tables. The dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia, after which you can enjoy shisha and cultural dancing.

Take a seat back at your table in time for a cookery demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make local bread. Then, all that’s left to do is to feast on your 4-course dinner under the stars. Like the activities at the camp, the dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia.

After your meal, return to your Land Rover with your guide and journey through the desert back to the camp entrance. From here, board your air-conditioned van to your Dubai hotel, where your experience finishes.

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

Second course:
• Selection of mezze 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)
• Chicken kebabs
• Vegetable and ouzi rice

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

Customer Reviews

Larissa H
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent introduction to Dubai. Great guide. Wonderful experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It certainly was a night to remember. Perfectly organised, every single person involved went the extra mile to make the evening memorable for their customers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Totally awesome cultural expirience. My mom of 65 years of age and my aunt of 68 years of age and my nephew who is 15 years thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. It is most suitable for a widw/ broad age group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic from start to finish. We even got an informative tour of some of the city's attractions as we were in the car picking up guests.

We did the vintage Land Rover tour however some of the other guests were doing camel riding instead. I'd recommend the Land Rover tour as you still get the opportunity to do camel riding before eating the fabulous Arabian food at the Bedouin camp where the evening ends.

Thanks for a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Everything about this tour was brilliant. Loved the tour guide, the falconry exhibition was really interesting,the ride in the open land rover - in spite of being sandy - was great fun, the Bedouin dinner delicious and the camel ride was good fun too. We thoroughly recommend Platinum tours for this particular desert experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Exceptional dinner desert safari experience - great value as cost is not excessive and number of experiences is impressive. Began with very punctual hotel pickup, drive to the dessert with notable sites pointed out and a stop at a camel racing track. Desert experience was amazing - wildlife viewing, falconry exhibition, amazing, fresh, multi-course dinner with many options and dishes even for vegetarians like us, camel rides, intricate henna tattoos temporary, hookah tobacco water pipes and an exceptional astronomy talk laying on our backs. For a 50 year old city, authentic cultural experiences in Dubia are in very short supply and this terrific safari really highlighted our 3 day visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely fantastic. This tour group is first class from start to finish. We could not have been happier. There's a reason these guys are number one on TripAdvisor! One of the best parts about this group is that they are at least in some part owned by the ruler of Dubai, and hence they have special access to a conservation sand dune area that is very special to visit, and is where most of the tour takes place. Absolutely wonderful!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Second time we have done a desert safari and this was by far the better :-

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

There are a lot of tours like this one but, this one is truly special because it is the only one company allowed in this part off the desert and therefore has some perks. The beduine camp is just wonderful, the meals, the camel ride, the music, everything is wonderful. They even have an astronomer with a potent telescope talking about the stars and how the beduine used them to navigate the desert at night. Request Tiago as your tour guide. This guy will go far beyond what it is supposed to be done by a tour guide. Excellent!

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