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Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities from Dubai

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai
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Overview

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 falconry demonstration and cookery displays, get a 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

  • A la carte dinner included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included


What You Can Expect

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.

Sit 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 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 Dinner Menu:
Starters:
  • Shorbat adas (spicy lentil soup)
  • Garden salad
  • Onion and tomato salad
Meze course:
  • Selection of small dishes such as tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with mint, tomatoes and lemon juice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-filled pastries), harees (meat-stuffed wheat dumplings) and hummus (chickpea dip)
Main course (choice of one):
  • Chicken kebabs
  • Ouzi (lamb served with nuts and rice)
  • Ouzi rice and vegetables
Dessert (choice of one)
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Lgeimat (miniature, saffron-flavored doughnuts drizzled with date syrup)

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Camel caravan through the desert
  • Falconry demonstration with sparkling date juice
  • Henna tattoo demonstrations
  • Live bread- and coffee-making displays
  • 4-course dinner with water and juice
  • Emirati entertainment
  • Accommodation as per itinerary

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Dubai desert can get cooler in the evenings during winter, so we recommend you bring a light jacket and closed shoes
  • Please note: Guides in the following languages (German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Chinese, ) are upon request and availability.
  • Children under 5 years are not permitted
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Your centrally located Dubai hotel

Departure Time

Pick-up times will vary through-out the year. In order for you to plan your day, please be prepared for a pick-up between the following times:

October – February:     14:30h-15:30h March – May:                15:00h-16:00h June – September:       15:30h-16:30h

A confirmation with a precise pickup time will be sent to your email or phone latest 13:00h on the day of the excursion. If we were not able to reach you, we kindly ask you to contact our office 04-4409827.

Duration

7 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Tour Options

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4:00 PM

User's Reviews

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robert t

well organized. jacob our guide was the ultimate professional. the culture was well explained and the food was great. The camel ride was maybe a little long but still a great part of the adventure. We would strongly recommend this trip to anyone visiting dubai

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Emma

Excellently put together day/evening. You get dropped off and get a bag with a water bottle to fill up and a head scarf. You then get put on your camel and go for a long walk. The camels seem content. You get a little saddle-sore, but that's why you're there, right? They occasionally will stop and will take your photo for you with your camera. After the camel ride, you get to wash your hands and sit with a glass of grape juice and watch a falconry demonstration, which is far more impressive than you would expect. Finally, you are driven to the camp where the evening begins. There's entertainment with participation, food, drinks including camel milk, star-gazing... Quite an evening. It was sad when it ended. They even catered to my boyfriend's celiac dietary needs - you just have to let them know.

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rodniha

Enjoyed every minute of it, from the camel ride to the dinner, the falcon show and the music and dancing.

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Kanon S

This was the best part of our trip! We were so glad that we paid more for this trip because the service was exceptional and the entire experience was perfect from start to finish.

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Cheryl G

This was a great tour to do.Very well organised. Camel ride was very comfortable. Food was great and plentiful. The company was very professional

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Getting ready for our camel safari

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Here is the Henna tattoo obtained by my wife -- it stays for 2 weeks or so.

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Camels are quite wide. Short folks may be a little sore after the ride.

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The falconer and her falcon.

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Getting ready for the camel ride with our tour guide.

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Welcoming us with Arabic coffee and dates

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Our camp site for the evening

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Falconry show

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