Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities and Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai - Reviews

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Kathy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This tour was really worth it! Not the high octane tour like some that have the dune bashing and the sand boarding but for us it was a perfect blend of history and sight seeing. I guess that many of these tours are close to the main roads but this one was way out in the dunes with no civilization in sight. At the onset they aimed to make sure the tour was amazing. They started by personally wrapping each of our heads in colorful pashminas head scarves so sand didn't get in our hair and giving us metal water bottles so we didn't create waste. After our drive thru the dunes we saw the falconry experience. It was amazing seeing the bird go after the lure and then catch it, even better was holding it immediately after the exhibition tip- walk up to get in line to do this while others are applauding! After this we drove to the Bedouin Camp which was amazing. They showed us all the tools that the bedouins used as well as coffee making and bread making. The food was excellent don't overeat the appetizers as you'll be too full for dinner!. Get in line early for the henna tattoos if you wait until the line is long you will get a small tattoo. We also did the camel ride which was kind of like a petting zoo but still fun tip- you can go out again later at night to get a 2nd ride. Later that night we enjoyed the stars. Pack warm clothes as it gets cold at night. The accommodations were very comfortable beds are very hard but they are beds with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets. In the morning it is worth it to get up early to catch the sunrise on the dunes make sure to bring a hat and sweatshirt or jacket. The breakfast is very good. My only recommendation is that they need to serve real coffee for this rather than instant. Luckily, the ballon people were coming for breakfast too and they served traditional coffee for them which we mooched off of! Great tour. When you are heading back to the city try to get your guide to stop at the Bird Sanctuary to see the migrating flamingos. Our guide wouldn't but maybe yours will!

Joanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Samir our guide was great fun and knowledgeable. Memories will stay with us of sitting around the camp fire with some of the guides chatting to the early hours, waking up in time to see the sun rise.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This tour was an unforgettable event. The food, reserve, the sleeping tents modest but nice. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We stay up late to see the moon and stars under the desert darkness and to my suprise Ali (Camp Boss) and Adel kept us company so we could have the experience we wanted.

Glenn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

The desert camp was amazing! A must do in the UAE, be sure to stay overnight. Nasir was a great guide, very knowledgeable and provided the highest level of customer service. We truly enjoyed Bedouin speaker, so interesting to learn about the history of the region. The food was remarkable and plentiful, delicious lamb! Breakfast with the sunrise was so moving. THANK YOU!!

Dawn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

Awesome way to experience the Middle East in one tour. The guides were informative and enjoyed showing us a very hospitable tour. Thought of all our needs. Food was incredible and the evening very entertaining. Glad we spent the night. It was the night of the super moon. So incredible in the desert. Our rooms and beds were very comfortable and bathrooms are nice and modern.

Debra N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Fabulous experience. Great guide. Everything went like clockwork! Highly recommend when in Dubai!

Elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Exceptional! Added the sunrise hot air balloon ride. Loved every minute of all activities! Special thanks to our desert tour guide Sharaf who was so friendly and attentive! Originally thought the two tours were pricey but was worth every penney! Best excursions I have ever experienced anywhere, any country!

Robert James R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

A mmemorable overnight desert experience, staffs were courteous and professional.

Adrian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Very interesting and scenic.

Pauline B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

It was a wonderful experience totally reccommend it,

Robyn M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

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

wanda b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

Meri D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

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.

Barbara M

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2016

The guide was generally excellent, although he did not explain that I was not to return to the desert camp after the hot air balloon ride. He took time to explain many things to us, including the camel racing we passed on route to the desert camp. The activities at the desert camp were not particularly appealing to me, and in hind sight I may have opted to return to the city after dinner. Seeing the desert dunes and the falconry display were good experiences.

annette c

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016

Of course there are no real bedouin camps any more but this reproduction is interesting and comfortable though a bit contrived. Staying overnight was like being on a school camp with a 'lights out' curfew and no sitting around the fire talking for too long. The ride into the desert in the trucks was OK but there were a dozen other trucks running a well worn track with you. Hovering 4000 feet above the desert in a hot air balloon? Now this is living.

Kimberly J C

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

A thoroughly unique experience! Hossam our guide was fantastic, and we were a nice intimate group of four as part of a larger group. The vintage Land Rovers were perfect and really set the atmosphere. We saw amazing desert landscapes and some wildlife. Heading back to the camp for the falcon demonstration/dinner, etc. it got a little too touristy for my taste as we were probably 40 people when all the Land Rover groups joined together. But then only a few of us remained to stay overnight. The tent could have been a bit more special as it was just a big tent that was compartmentalized, but still, I slept in a tent in the desert! And the mattress/bedding was comfortable. Next morning, I opted for the hot air balloon ride which is operated by a different company and not quite the same calibre. However, it was a magical experience in the end as well. FYI- you will not be back in time for breakfast, counter to the description. All in all, big thumbs up! But given the price, a special treat, and probably just worth it.

Ann J

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

This tour was excellent. We did enjoy the whole experience. The tour leader, Faisal was very organised and looked after everyone well. Also enjoyed the vintage LandRovers.

Francois L

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Great experience - Loved the vintage land rovers. Ask for sleeping under the stars: even if they advise you to sleep in the tent, being outside is an incredible experience (and not very cold).


4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Overall a great experience.

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