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 Iftar dinner for Ramadan.
Upgrade your experience to a private safari tour and enjoy your own vintage Land Rover.
A la carte dinner included
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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 Iftar 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.
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)
Wildlife Safari through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Live bread and coffee making
Donation to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Sparkling date juice
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
The Dubai Desert can get cooler in the evenings, it is recommended you bring a light jacket
Children under 5 years are not permitted on the shared tour
Adult pricing applies to all travelers for the private tour
Please note: Guides in the following languages (Arabic, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian) are only available upon request and availability
Sample Dinner Menu: Starters:
Onion and tomato salad
Shorbat adas (lightly spiced lentil soup)
Assorted appetizers such as tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with tomatoes and lemon juice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-filled pastries), harees (meat-stuffed wheat dumplings) and hummus (chickpea dip)
Main course (choice of one):
Grilled chicken kebabs
Ouzi (lamb served with spiced nuts and rice)
Ouzi rice and vegetables
Dessert (choice of one):
Seasonal fruit salad
Lgeimat (mini saffron-spiced doughnuts soaked in syrup)
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Outstanding tour, great hosts/guides. The perfect length tour, pick up in late afternoon and return in the evening. This has everything needed in a tour: Desert drive with info about flora/fauna, falconry show, camels, dinner and a show. Excellent food.
Reviewed by: Myrna C,
The tour was excellent full of fun and true adventure. The only thing is that at least the pick up host should either hold a sign so as to be easily recognized OR at least stand by his van which should have a sign depicting the Tour Logo. I had to borrow a local cell phone, to find out who he was. No reason to be in the heat looking for an unrecognized, host!!!! Just some food for thought.