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

Highlights
  • Feel like a Bedouin during a night at a Dubai desert tented retreat
  • Sleep in a tent after a wildlife nature reserve safari by Land Rover
  • Includes campfire dinner, camel ride, food demos, falconry, and dance shows
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Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities, and Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai
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Overnight Desert Camp
Overnight Desert Camp experience: Dinner, Emirati activities and vintage Land Rover transport
From US$273.50
Overview
Make more of Dubai’s Arabian desert by staying overnight in the dunes—something most visitors never experience. With this tour, head for the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and enjoy a wildlife safari across the sands by classic open-top Land Rover. Then, hit a desert camp for a 4-course dinner and entertainment, including camel riding, falconry, and cooking demos, before sleeping in an Arabic tent under the stars.
What to Expect
Experience the desert at night like a true Bedouin on this overnight expedition from Dubai. After hotel pickup, travel to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and enjoy a wildlife-spotting drive by vintage open-top Land Rover. Watch for animals such as the Arabian oryx, gazelle, and desert rodents as your driver-guide fills you in on the desert's natural world and traditional culture.

Then, head to a Bedouin-style camp for an evening of entertainment and cultural activities such as falconry displays, cooking demos, and live dance shows, all along with a 4-course dinner under the stars. Sleep in an Arabian tent with a comfortable mattress, blanket, and pillow, and wake the next morning for breakfast before your return transfer to Dubai.
Itinerary
Day 1: Dubai – Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (D)
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 1950s desert expeditions.
As you travel, listen to your guide’s stories about Dubai 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 to a beautiful sunrise in the morning and to the scent of strong Arabic coffee brewing and to see your breakfast being cooked. Then, feast on traditional breakfast bread with balaleet (sweet noodles) and chabaab (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. Then, finish your experience with a drop-off at your hotel mid-morning.
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Reviews (48)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Highlight of our trip! EXCELLENT guide! (Joel)

This was the highlight of our trip to Dubai, and is not to be missed. The weather in the desert was surprisingly moderate and quite cool in the evening and morning. The food was good, and the rooms comfortable. Toilets are shared (and no showers),...More

Date of experience: November 2018
5  Thank Sarah H
NeilSoleta, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sarah H, Thanks for the great review. We are delighted that you could label this as the highlight of your trip. It is always special when our guests leave such heart-warming comments of their experience. You are right that Joel is to thank for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
A Must Experience un Dubai

It was my first visit to the deserts and I was not disappointed. From the beginning to the end our guide Ericsson took very good care of us to ensure that we had the best possible experience and fun !! The tour in the desert...More

3  Thank myriambernalb
NeilSoleta, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi myriambernalb, Thanks for the great review. We are delighted that you had a great day with us! We are bursting with pride about our guides as they are the face of our operations and it excites us to get such great feedback as this!...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Our guides (Abdul & Qadir) made the difference

Honestly, we were at first slightly disappointed. We expected less people for the price we paid as the group was rather big with an estimate of 60 people . Furthermore, we were picked-up by a Swiss guide whereas we would have appreciated a local guide...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank SaschaRohner
NeilSoleta, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi SaschaRohner, Thanks for the great review. Great to know that our guides (Abdul & Qadir) made the difference during your tour. It is great to know that you are interested in local history and lifestyle. We are delighted that you enjoyed your overnight desert...More

Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile
The best experience in the dessert!

I am so thankful and happy that you guys made my birthday so special! I got a surprise bday cake in the desert as well as we were upgraded to ride privately in a vintage Land Rover jeep! Huge thanks to our tour guides Aamir...More

3  Thank 478nataliyap
NeilSoleta, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi 478nataliyap, Thanks for the great review. We are so happy that you have chosen us to celebrate your birthday and glad to know that you have enjoyed the surprise element of this tour. We aimed to provide the best staff, best food, most interesting...More

Reviewed 9 November 2018
A magical way to experience Dubai

Ok, so it felt a little cliched and touristy, but where else can you sleep outside under the stars in a bedouin camp when you only have 48 hours in the UAE? This tour is worth every cent and there's nothing quite like waking to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Nadine W
NeilSoleta, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Nadine W, Thanks for the great review. We are delighted that you could label this a magical way to experience Dubai. It is always special when our guests leave such heart-warming comments on their experience. Thanks once again for your recommendation. Best Regards, Neil

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