- Overnight desert experience with dinner with transport by Vintage Land Rover
- Look out for wildlife while traveling through Dubai Desert Conservation Reservation
- Eat and sleep at a Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a Royal Retreat in the desert
- See a bread-making demonstration, falconry display, traditional dancing and more
- Feast on four courses of traditional Emirati cuisine while sitting under the stars
- Sleep overnight in a comfortable Arabic tent with full bedding and enjoy a traditional breakfast the next morning
- Upgrade your experience to include a hot air balloon ride over the desert!
What You Can Expect
Start your overnight experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel, and then travel into the desert aboard your open-roof vintage Land Rover, a mode of transport used extensively in 1950’s desert expeditions. As you travel, listen to your guide’s stories about 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 on an Africian style wildlife safari, looking out for Arabian gazelles and oryx, and then stop in a Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat. Make your way past the gently flickering flames from 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, a range of cultural activities are demonstrated around the tables. Enjoy an Arabic coffee and sit back to watch flamboyant dancers performing to traditional Emirati music, or perhaps take a wander around the camp. Pose in the sand dunes for a photo as the sun goes down, watch a bread-making demonstration or gaze at UAE’s national bird – the falcon – during a falconry display. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture even more, why not get a henna tattoo, smoke a shisha pipe (Arabic water pipe) or even try the traditional mode of Bedouin transport- a camel.
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, sit around the bonfire and gaze up at the stars, and then make your way to your Arabic tent—complete with comfortable mattress, pillows and blanket— nestled inside the camp. Settle in and enjoy sleeping overnight in the heart of the desert!
Overnight: Arabic camp in the desert
Day 2: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Dubai (B)
Wake up early to be driven to your hot air balloon, soar over the desert to absorb the beautiful sun rise and the desert animals (if option selected) then return to your camp to the scent of strong Arabic coffee brewing and to see your breakfast being cooked, and then feast on traditional breakfast bread with balaleet (sweet noodles) and chbaab (pancakes), washed down with Arabic coffee, of course. You will also hear fascinating tales first-hand from a local Bedouin who will be joining you for breakfast.
After your flight or breakfast, meet your driver and bid your friends in the desert camp a fond farewell before traveling back to Dubai, and then finish your experience with a drop-off at your hotel mid morning.
A Must Do In Dubai Our Guide HaMDy Was Excellent Very Much A Hands On Traditional Experience . Sleeping Was Very Comfortable As Were The Vehicles.Food Was Amazing...So Many Experiences Rolled Into One. Pick Up And Drop Off Puntual. The Best Tour In Dubai That We ExperienEd. We Would Of Liked A Longer Stay. A Jacket Would Be Needed For The Night.....Handy Has Inspired Us To Return To Dubai In The future. Highly Recommend This tour
fantastic experience. staff were brilliant ..caring..informative.. the setting was amazing. sleping out in the desert was one of the highlights....woman you will need to take a small towell and lots of wet wipes as there is no real washing facilities there...but you just have to be creative. this is an up market tour not touristy at all..yes you pay a lot more than yur average desert trip ..but it is so worth it. Very professional..top marks.